Rick Soblinski, a caretaker at Oak Leaf Retirement Home, has a new resident in his hallway: an extremely disfigured Jane Doe. She was found abandoned at a sister facility.
In her presence, Rick is stifled by anxiety and determines that the woman’s maladies extend far beyond the surface. The experience manifests into a bizarre nightmare that bleeds into reality, changing everything.
Allie, Rick’s older girlfriend and alpha-businesswoman, copes with his erratic behavior; Oak Leaf’s Office Manager, Tony Delgado, is determined to find the disfigured woman’s family; and the retirement home’s administration endures a string of disappearances of both staff and patients alike. Multiple pathways converge to uncover the Jane Doe’s origins and ultimate purpose.
I really like the mystery behind High Hat, Angeni's abilities and the Seneca reservation. Every time Elias (Angeni's great great grandson), took to learning more of his relative, the more fascinated I became. The background into what made Angeni into the deformed woman that she is was engrossing.
There were a few confusing scenes, for me. Like, a set of characters would be talking about events that happened to Rick, then it would cut to Rick's pov and Rick would then clear up the whole confusion. But, I'd spent several pages trying to piece it together, which was a little frustrating. There are also a few grammatical mistakes. Normally, I can ignore one or two, but there were a few more than that.
That being said, the story was hypnotic, especially surrounding the Kingbird family. It was hard to put the book down when sorting through the last 130 years of their history.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
While influenced mostly by darker yarns that tend to wade into Horror and Science Fiction waters, he is also often infatuated with works that cross genre specific boundaries and writes in this vein whenever the opportunity presents itself.
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