Narrator: Alan Philip Ormond
Published by Self Published / Indie on 13 July 2017
Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal, Suspense
Source: Author, Submitted
Twenty-one year old Tom Jewett has embarked on a new career. His new job as a cub journalist with the Traber Herald sends him and his wife, Sally, to Traber, Colorado, the birthplace of Tom's great grandfather. Almost immediately after settling into their new Victorian fixer-upper, Tom's dreams begin. But, are these dreams of an old room decorated with antiques and dimly lit with kerosene lamps -- simply dreams? Maybe, just maybe, the room does exist. Days of searching lead to absolutely nothing, not a trace of the old room, until one night when a terrible storm hits Traber and the power goes out. It was to become the blackest of nights for young Tom Jewett and the deepest of mysteries for Sally.
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It’s moving day for newlyweds, Tom and Sally Jewitt. Tom, a recent college graduate, purchased an old Victorian fixer-upper, sight unseen, with the down payment money his father gave him as a graduation gift. The couple moves from Nebraska to Taber, Colorado for Tom’s new job as a journalist for a local newspaper. Although Tom has never lived here, his ancestors lived in the area near the house; very near.
From the first night staying in the house, Tom has dreams of a secret room and sees a woman in the dream who is from an earlier century. She acknowledges him but calls him by the name Ulysses. Night after night, Tom continues having this dream. He begins looking for a secret room, confident that the room in his dreams, is a real room in his house.
The story travels back and forth in time from the late 1990s to the late 1880s in a paranormal manner. Tom goes back in time, and eventually, Sally also goes back in time. While the story kept me interested throughout, there was some unanswered foreshadowing. One example is when Sally finds a key in the kitchen that is on a string. She wears it around her neck so that she can figure out what it unlocks while she is going through the house, unpacking boxes and getting the house set up. We never find out what lock the key fits. They discover a hidden safe, but the key didn’t go with it – it had a combination lock. There was a padlock on the cellar doors, but the key didn’t fit it either. It was such a great hook to keep me curious, but it left me hanging.
The ending was not as clear-cut as I would have liked it to be. It was vague about what happened to Tom and Sally. Loose ends were not neatly or believably tied up. I enjoy books about old houses, writers, and the paranormal, so this book had it all – but there was not as much focus on the house or the fact that Tom was a writer, even though he has a cool office in a turret of the house, and the paranormal was not developed enough – especially at the end.
Overall, it was an interesting story and had me scavenging for an extra five or ten minutes here and there, so I could keep listening to see what would happen next. The narrator, Alan Philip Ormond, was outstanding. I loved his voice as he brought the story to life. Between Foertmeyer’s storytelling and Ormond’s narration, I was able to envision myself right in the middle of the action.
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