Inside Evil by Geoffrey Wakeling
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review.
Summary: Life in the secluded town of Ridgewood is charming, simple, safe - isn't it? The bubble that isolates the hamlet protects, or so the eclectic residents believe. Lurking in the background of every day life is a curse that comes in cycles and picks off the innocent as it pleases. But this time there's something different,this time the curse wants more.
Roberta Arlington's life changes the moment she finds one of
her pupils, pale, frozen, DEAD. Her mind is filled with uncharacteristic thoughts, dreams and visions create bizarre scenes, and her blood boils as she lashes out at those she loves. Amidst her turmoil there are friends, and enemies, who come to her aid, piecing together the puzzle laid before them.
But with the ancient evil having struck down so many through
the centuries, Roberta will have to muster every ounce of strength she has to survive. An entire world, a strange land, has unveiled itself. If Roberta knows one thing for sure, it's that she alone won't be able to escape as death comes calling......
Review: An enjoyable though somewhat confusing supernatural tale of horror.
I would consider this a supernatural book although there are big horror elements. The curse that effects the citizens of Ridgewood is pretty damn terrifying especially since there seems to be no way to break it. I wasn't sure how the curse would play out and I am still a bit confused by the ending. People have died, both now and in the past, and they all share similar aspects of their death. I can only imagine the horror of living in a seemingly safe place when an evil lurks.
The characters felt like they were there mostly to move the story along. They won't bad, but they weren't too bad either. They felt pretty similar and I found myself having to double check to see who I was reading about. I understood the basics behind the curse and how the curse seemed to travel from to person. I would have liked some more information on how the curse got started. Some aspects of the book seemed unnecessary or just plain confusing. Were the mysterious hooded men behind the curse? What does solving a riddle have to do with getting rid of the curse?
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy supernatural horror.