Narrator: Rick Gregory
Published by Kevin Millikin on 9 November 2017
Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Literary, Paranormal, Psychological
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How long can you live with your regrets? For the past 15 years, Ian has been haunted by the murder of his family. Believed by many to be the culprit, he has lived life on the run. 15 years is too long. Now, he's returned to the ruins of his childhood and the rural countryside, he once called home, to say his goodbye and get revenge against the horrific creatures that live in the field. It's time.
©2017 Kevin Millikin (P)2017 Kevin Millikin
The story starts off a little slow but still interesting. Ian is a messed up guy with a messed up past. He has tripped himself up more than once starting when he was teen. The tale flashes back and forth to the Ian we know now and the teen Ian. Adult Ian has a lot of regrets. Looking back he can see how his parents did their best to help him but teen Ian couldn’t see it then nor did he appreciate their efforts.
The story then picks up the pace as his younger sister, Ellie, sees something outside her bedroom window at their new house. Their parents don’t really believe her and teen Ian has been such a jerk to everyone that Ellie is hesitant to confide in her.
This is where the tension really starts to build. Ian has stumbled across something that interests him more than himself. He and Ellie explore this spooky mystery together and I was pleased to see there was a real bond between the siblings. This mystery is dark and gritty, turning out deadly.
Even though Ian is still a worthless idiot as an adult, I couldn’t help but root for him as he explores these memories that he has shut out and makes a game plan about his future. Even as he seeks revenge, he also hopes it atones for his own ill deeds as a teen. There was much more to Ian than I first thought which is something I really liked about the story.
The true monsters of the story are left a little nebulous. I like that the reader gets to make up their own mind as to what specific type of evil being they were. There’s also some well-earned gore and blood at the end. The story ends on a rough, sorrowful victory of a sort. 5/5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book.
The Narration: Rick Gregory did a great job as Ian. He sounds regretful and angry and full of remorse and loss. There’s plenty of nuanced feelings in this book and Gregory captured them with his narration. He also makes a believable teen Ellie. His pacing was a little off here and there and a few words had a little mispronouncement. There were no technical issues with this narration. 4.5/5 stars.
This review first appeared on DabOfDarkness.
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