on May 30, 2011
The Summoning by Debi Faulkner. Main character is Meredith who was separated from her family and indebted to an evil man to pay her family's rent. I enjoyed the story but the timeline was hard to follow as the author told the story from a different perspective.
This book doesn't disappoint ! The main character's personal demons were as dark as the vampire. I thought a lot about this story after I finished it. The suprise ending made me want to re-read for hints at what was to come. I'll be looking for more from this author.
The simplicity and resignation of the main character, Hailey, is heartbreaking. Hailey is a 16 year old girl with a pile of trauma behind her, beginning with her family. She had no positive influence and although I felt she was doomed to the same life that her parents and brother led, she persisted in searching for something more. If not hope, tenacity is a constant quality. The story elicits compassion.
I love stories that take place in creepy little towns whose residents have secrets! The setting of the Pacific Northwest and associated forest lends a feeling of vulnerability. This book kept my interest, including building the anticipation (or dread) of the "monster". I will watch for future books by this author.
I stumbled across Shaun Jeffrey the first time when I read "The Kult". Honestly, I was unaware of the film. I couldn't read the whole thing at once. The book is like finding something that you know you probably shouldn't be looking at, but you go back again and again anyway. It was so intense I could only read it in small bits.
Randy Attwood has a gift for putting the reader into the story. "The Saltness of Time" unfolds seamlessly, without distraction from the time he presents his characters to the disturbing conclusion. When I finished reading this one I needed a cup of hot tea to warm up and reflect.