By Kimberly Raiser
Will they stay? Will they survive? The Weavers have inherited family property in Astral, Pennsylvania, a town so small that Mrs. Weaver can find no mention of it on the Internet, save for a tiny spot on Google Earth. Hoping for a simpler, small-town existence for their young family, Steven and Tara eagerly head to Astral to see what they hope will be their dream house. As they explore their potential new home, the Weavers begin to discover secret passageways, secret rooms, and long buried family truths; some difficult truths are revealed and no longer kept in the far reaches of the closet. There are reasons for everything, and sometimes the explanations are so simple. But sometimes, simple can also be horrifying.
Filled with twist and turns, this debut novel by Kimberly Raiser is an "under the covers with a flashlight" story that will have you up all night to finish.
I really enjoyed this book!! The story and characters develop well in a relatively short book (174 pages.) The level of suspense changes through out the book to make you think you know where the story is headed, but then surprises you when it goes to a level of mystery you didn’t expect. It reminded me of the old TV shows “Outer Limits’ or “Twilight Zone” where you’re taken to a situation and allowed to observe what happens. Ms. Raiser mixes family, abduction, tunnels, paranormal and old family history to create a story that will make you continue to think about it even after you finish reading. The story isn’t overly scary or violent for a ‘thriller’ book, so kids of all ages would enjoy this book.
This "paranormal mystery thriller" will take hold of you from the first page and keeps you mesmerized until the very last page.
Thank you to Delvling Press and Kimberly Raiser for sending me this book!!