The Purgatorium: The Purgatorium Series, Book One

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Seventeen year-old Daphne is surprised when her parents let her go with her friend to a getaway resort on an island off the coast of California. She eventually learns they have sent her for experimental "suicide therapy," but when she becomes lost on the haunted side of the island, she wonders if her parents have sent her there to help her or to punish her. More
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About Eva Pohler

I write fiction for teens and adults and teach writing and literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where I live with my husband, three kids, two dogs, and two rats (Katniss and Prim, of course). I'm also an avid reader and book reviewer. I've always said I never want to give up reading for writing or vice versa. I want to do both. My favorite authors are Tracy Chevalier, Ann Patchett, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Rick Riordan, and Stephanie Meyer. I have too many to name, but those are a handful of them. When I'm not spending time with the family, working, reading, or writing, I can be found watching The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, The Middle, and NCIS.

I love to interact with readers and have recently added features to my website at with this in mind. If you email me your art and/or stories based on The Gatekeeper's Trilogy, or on Greek mythology in general, I will post them on my website for others to enjoy. I have also added a short video on the Olympians and a fun Jeopardy Game to test your knowledge. Please visit my website for more details.

Thanks for taking the time to read about me and my writing!


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Review by: Jamie Fredrickson on May 6, 2014 :
OH WOW! This book is by far the best book I've read in years! This book was like a really good therapy session for me. The end was just, OMG, I was bawling hysterically. I wish this kind of place was REAL! The weird stuff that happens, it can be confusing, but by the end you will understand why it was necessary. The end, it's just amazing. I can't praise this book enough. I knew Eva was an awesome person before reading this book, and as you may know, I've read several of her books in addition to this one. After reading this book though, I know I have to read everything she writes. Even her lesser known titles. If you haven't picked up a book by this awesome lady yet, you're seriously missing out. Go buy this one ASAP. If you have any kind of family dysfunction at all, you will be able to relate to Daphne, and may find this book as healing as I did.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Review by: Jonel Boyko on Dec. 28, 2013 :
This story had me hooked from the first chapter. This suspenseful and exciting story had me guessing and running alongside the main character, engaged in an unimaginable journey. Pohler’s seamless writing and engaging storyline make it very easy to immerse yourself in this atypical story. She presents a well-developed history and mythology of the island that the characters find themselves on. It all combines into an in-depth story that’s intensely enjoyable while making you think.

I really enjoyed the gradual character development, as opposed to a large information dump. You get to know the characters well and personally without feeling like you’ve read their biography. It all seems so natural. You also get to know the main character even more closely because you are on a journey of self-discovery with her.

My overall thoughts? Oh. My. Gods. Could you just imagine?
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
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