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Seeking justice for her daughters murder Tina must seek answers in the supernatural realm. Terror is spreading over Pendale. Love is pitted against a dreadful force.
(Genres: Paranormal, Occult)
Deep into an uneasy dream Tina’s face was twisted in consternation.
Dan hadn’t stayed over this evening. She’d told him she needed time to gather strength and come to grips with what lay ahead.
He’d looked hurt. She knew he could not understand her need to be alone at such a time.
He offered to sit up with her all night.
She told him she was wrung out; she would be able to sleep a bit.
She longed to fall into unconsciousness and to block all thought.
Her bedroom felt airless.
The little clock on her nightstand seemed to have a very loud tick tonight. The dials revealed it to be 1:00 pm.
Still asleep Tina shifted her weight to lie on her back.
Her heavy cotton nightgown became bunched up under the small of her back.
Suddenly she brought up her hands folding them over her chest in the position that the dead are laid out.
Beads of sweat broke out on her face, although the temperature in her room was a cool sixty-four degrees.
She was carrying groceries to her car in a dark parking lot.
Behind her there was a small convenience store. It was lit up. The buildings light stopped at the front of the building.
Tina tossed her bag of groceries into the passenger side of the seat. Just as she lifted her leg to get in behind the wheel she thought of her mother. She’d yell up a storm if she could see her now. As a teen Tina was lectured countless times about getting into a car alone. First check out the back seat to make sure no one was lurking there, she could still her mom stress.
Tina sat her leg back down on the pavement. She opened the back door. All clear.
She slid into the front seat closing her door and rolling down her window most of the way.
Glancing out her open window she began to shake all over.
Two hands with long tapered fingers suddenly grasp the window!
As if in slow motion a hooded figure raised itself!
Her door was flung open wide.
It pushed her backward sending her sprawling across the seat.
She was immobile from fear.
The thing lowered itself to her feet.
It covered her with its form inch by inch.
Its dark cloak was spread wide to enfold her completely.
Her heart thumped so hard she felt ready to pass out praying she would.
It was up to her head now.
Tina was so cold it was as if she were entombed within a block of ice
The smell of decay surrounding her was so rank she couldn’t catch a good breath.
The hood slipped back a bit. She couldn’t decipher its features clearly. She could only make out black pinpoint eyes.
Drool oozed from its mouth. A great gob of spittle plunked down on her forehead.
She let out a scream.
She thought she’d cried out, and awoken.
It was actually only phase two.
Still dreaming she thanked the Lord that it was only a nightmare.
Lights flickered from the traffic through her drapes.
Something in the room didn’t feel right.
The sheet was shifting downward of its own accord.
Two hands grasp the foot of the bed as a cloaked figure crawled up and over her!
She surrendered herself up to it.
She was entirely passive until sirens from a passing rescue unit brought her to an actual waking state ending her ordeal.
Rest would elude her the remainder of the night. She sighed and got up from the bed.
First light would signal the start of her greatest trial.
She must commend her only offspring to eternal rest.
Scary, that is just the one word I would use to describe this book as a whole. Disturbing is how I would describe Donald Fate – committing his first act of grisly murder as revenge to a bully when he was just a young child – his life continued on this path until he chose evil as an adult – aligning himself with the Devil and becoming one of the Devil’s minions committing murders for fun! This book takes the reader down the path of the dark, mysterious world of the supernatural in a fashion unlike any other I’ve read before. Tina’s daughter is brutally murdered, the murderer is no one among the civilians of Pendale – One right after another is murdered back to back all in the same way – a long knife to the throat – the women raped and tortured before they are murdered – the men just brutally murdered.
Tina is convinced something of the supernatural realm committed the heinous act and she is determined to figure out what and how to stop it before it consumes the entire town’s population. Can she stop this entity before it kills again? Will she find justice for her only daughter, Becky’s, murder? These answers and a lot more are found on the pages of this intriguing, and captivating horror novel. The author does a great job of establishing the characters, developing their back stories and weaving them together in such a way that the reader is never left wondering why a character did what they did, or reacted in such a manner. As a mother, I felt for Tina, and know I’d go to the ends of the earth to find answers if something happened to one of my babies.
This gruesome story is well-written, well-versed and intriguing all at the same time! The details of the murders pull in the reader – we are kept on our toes through the entire novel. The only downside I will say is that the ending seems a tad abrupt, seems the author had a hard time finding the ending so she skipped a good clear ending and maybe set it up for a follow-up, not sure. Just seems like a lot of loose ends are left hanging.
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Carol Pritt Bio:
Carol Pritt lives in the northeast with her family. She has two Associate degrees, one in Liberal Arts, and the other in Journalism from the local community college. Ms. Pritt enjoys writing, reading, spending time with her family, and playing with her pets. This is her first novel.
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