A Human Element by Donna Galanti
Book 1 in The Element Trilogy
Evil comes in many forms…
One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next.
Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite in her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a madman, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together.
But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his, and she has two choices—redeem him or kill him.
ISBN: 978-1-927792-85-8 (Kindle ebook); $5.99 US; July 28, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-927792-89-6 (Trade paperback); $16.99 US; July 28, 2014
"A Human Element is an elegant and haunting first novel. Unrelenting, devious but full of heart. Highly recommended." —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Code Zero
"Be afraid. Be very afraid. And be utterly absorbed by this riveting debut that had me reading till the wee hours of the night. A thriller star is born. Don't miss A Human Element." —M.J. Rose, international bestselling author of The Collector of Dying Breaths
"Lyrical and creepy, Donna Galanti’s A Human Element tugs on our heartstrings and plucks the gut-strings of horror. This debut thriller author is a true storyteller, highly reminiscent of Dean Koontz." —Dakota Banks, award-winning author of Deliverance
"Donna Galanti has created a thriller with a huge, aching heart. Her main characters, Ben and Laura are conjured in delicious detail, as are their personal trials. Galanti’s rich and provocative thriller asks big questions. What makes us human, what makes us monstrous? Is there a love that can transcend the physical and emotional, to the supernatural? Galanti has given us an impressive debut. With her blending of romance, the coming of age quest, and the supernatural, she is a writer to watch, who will surely expand the diameters of the thriller genre." —Catherine Stine, author of Fireseed One
"Such a beautiful, yet haunting debut novel by Donna Galanti. A Human Element will crawl around in your cranium many days after you have finished the last page of the book." —Michael McCarty, author of Lost Girl of the Lake
"Moving and fun. Galanti does NOT disappoint." —Eric S. Brown, author of the Bigfoot War series
"A thrilling ride full of believable characters, a terrifying villain, an epic battle for survival, and a love worth killing for. The last third of the novel is a race to the finish, and I was glued to the pages, hoping the characters I’d grown to love would finally find the peace they deserved. A page-turner filled with fascinating twists and turns!" —Marie Lamba, author of Drawn
"A Human Element is a haunting look at what it means to be human. It's a suspenseful ride through life and love...and death, with a killer so evil you can't help but be afraid. An excellent read." —Janice Gable Bashman, author of Predator
"Chilling suspense. A dark and haunting novel. Enjoy the ride." —Kindle Book Review
"A fast-paced paranormal suspense thriller that will keep you engrossed as you turn the pages. The characters are realistic, their complex individual personalities and stories add a powerful and compelling depth to the story. It is a story that will have the reader pondering about supernatural powers and the evil forces of humanity, this suspenseful tale will stay with you long after you have read the last word." —Jersey Girl Book Reviews
"Twisted family and government cover-ups lead to vendettas that last a lifetime, change and growth as a person and righting the paths once taken in vain all come around to grab you as the climactic ending brings everything full circle. As the romance picks up and bonds are formed A Human Element brings everything it has into one massive emotional punch." —I Smell Sheep Book Blog
"Absolutely one of my favorite books in a long while. This book has it all, and Galanti is a master story teller. Galanti does a great job at not only telling a fantastic story, but really drawing us into the various plot lines and feeling for the characters as they each battle their own demons. The pace is perfect and natural as breathing. It kept me coming back to see what happened next. I’m a sucker for a tragic character and the evil antagonist is perfectly tragic. Definitely going on my Goodreads ‘Favorites’ Shelf!" —Tracy Riva Book Reviews
"Donna must have picked up on my weakness for Dean Koontz, because A Human Element echoes the bestsellingauthor in terms of creativity, the supernatural and overall dark allure. Add in a little paranormal romance and you've gotone delicious literary paranormal mashup!" —Books for Paranormal & Mystical Minds
"This was a wonderful book and Ms. Galanti takes the reader through Laura and Ben's lives in detail. She has written about two wonderful characters both touched by tragedy and both seeking a way to put the past to rest. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It is full of suspense and keeps you guessing until the end." —Paranormal Romance Reviews