Publication date: March 31st 2016
Genres: Adult, Horror
In the remote, eastern European town of Borslav there is St. Sebastian orphanage, a place where people discard their unwanted children. For the American, Blaire Baker, it’s the perfect place to volunteer her services. Paired with a cheerful volunteer nurse, Blaire is enthusiastic about the possibilities, but is quickly discouraged when she encounters the nefarious nature of the staff and the deplorable conditions of the facility and the children.
Upon arrival, one of the children informs Blaire, “There’s something in the basement.” It isn’t long before strange things begin happening, including Blaire’s flashbacks of the accident that killed her parents. The children soon suffer injuries that Blaire, first, fears may be the deeds of the callous workers but she soon thinks the abuse may originate from a source that is less than human, something unwanted.
The unwanted is coming but in order for Blaire to fight it, she must dig into St. Sebastian and herself in search of truth. Blaire wants nothing more than to help the children, but when discovers the tragedy that happened in the basement and learns that the same evil forces are still at work, it will be Blaire who needs help… There’s something in the basement.
Blair did sometimes set herself up for the fall on a few occasions. For example, telling someone where she's hidden her diamond earrings and gold watch, then seeming surprised with they went missing in a third world country.
The writing was fantastic, I loved the visuals that the author painted and how she went straight for quick, easy descriptions to really draw me into the world she was creating.
The only thing that kind of made me wonder was the setting. It's set in a town called Borslav, which isn't far from the city of Cruslav and most of the locals have Russian or Ukrainian type names. I guessed perhaps the Ukraine, but one dinner date had pasta consumed instead of something like borshch that might make it stand out. Also, there was zero language barrier and at one point dollars were exchanged for goods instead of rubles or hryvnia, so I assumed it was a fictitious place. Either way, it always made me stop and wonder.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Philosophy was my study in college and I received a Bachelor of Arts in the subject from Florida International University. Writing is one of my most favored artistic pursuits, but my love for the arts does not stop there, I am also a vocalist and actress and participate in local theater in Houston Texas.
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