Those Who Follow (Release Date: July 28, 2017)
A WAYFARING STRANGER
Tormented by visions of women imprisoned in the middle of a barren wasteland and an old man with a yellow-toothed grin, Casey has been wandering this country’s highways following a song that she believes will lead her to her other self.
A CHURCH IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE
Held captive in a desecrated shrine, Celia would have given up long ago if not for a song that keeps her hope burning. Someday she will escape from the shadowy creatures that claw at the windows of the church, the monstrous dog with a taste for human flesh, and the old preacher with inhuman powers.
A BOND THAT CROSSES WORLDS
Two women divided by fate but connected by blood. Will the song help them lead the way to each other and defeat the forces aligned against them? Or will they suffer the dreadful fate of…
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Here’s a book that starts off really strong. The premise is interesting. Characterization and vivid descriptions urged me onward—they’re disturbing, graphic, even. All great stuff. I’m intrigued and want to know if anyone is going to find out about this awful church in another dimension that’s pretty much a torture chamber for a handful of chained-up women. And some of these women (past and present) are horribly linked. I need to know how all this will play out.
About a third of the way into the read, I figure out that two sisters co-authored this novel. I know, I should’ve noticed that from the get-go. To be honest, I just wanted to jump into the book. What clued me into the co-author scenario is that the two writers aren’t equally matched. There’s an obvious disjointed feel. Nonetheless, I read on, thinking how cool the story began. Surely, the ending would be just as rewarding.
I really want to sing this book’s praises because when it’s great, it’s really great. But when it isn’t, it really flops. The storyline and all the elements set up in the beginning are just lost in the wind. For example, one of the characters is on a mission to rescue her sister from that hellish church in that parallel world with zombie-like creatures threating to emerge from the shadows. And a sadistic man with his foot in both realities. Unfortunately, the rescue isn’t what it could’ve been. I was scratching my head. The story resolves, but not in a satisfying way. And, the creatures didn’t seem to tie into the novel.
In closing, on a positive note, the book is a quick read. It moves fast. Also, these authors have received critical acclaim. Just don’t set yourself up for high hopes here. Read it for the pockets of excellent storytelling. Skim through the rest.