Author: Jeff Gunhus
Genre: Thriller / Horror
Suffering from writer's block, novelist Rachel Ames escapes to a lake cabin to calm her mind and regain a sense of herself. The location is perfect. Isolated. Beautiful. Inspiring. It even comes with a good-looking landlord who shows an interest in her. But she can't shake the sense that something terrible has followed her to the lake, something just beyond her consciousness, something out on the edge where the sounds of a raging fire and sirens linger whenever she slows down to listen. Determined to make the cabin work, she tries to settle in and give her new life a chance. But when strange things begin to happen around her, she wonders if she's made a terrible mistake. As the darkness that's followed her manifests itself in inexplicable ways, her concept of reality is stretched thin and she realizes nothing at the lake is what it seems. As she fights to survive with her sanity intact, she understands too late that the location she's chosen for herself is far from perfect.
I loved the guessing game with this book. There was one point I thought I'd figured it out and the author swayed me to think I was on the right path, then dropped a bomb near the end. It was actually the very end that made me smile as it's the kind that would allow the reader to piece together what comes next.
Rachel is a fun character to get to know. She's unconventional, sassy and definitely able to take care of herself. Granger is another character we got to know. He creeped me out no matter where he was in the story, and continued to pop up when he was the most unwanted.
There's a bit of a Stephen King influence in not only the writing, but some of the references. It was pretty cool to come across them, like a private joke.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.
Author Links: www.Jeffgunhus.com | Facebook | Twitter: @jeffgunhus