Tuesday, June 29, 2010

NIGHTMARE by ROBIN PARRISH

Back cover:
Ghost Town is the hottest amusement park in the country, but when Maia Peters visits, she's not expecting to be impressed. The daughter of two world-renowned "ghost hunters," she's grown up around the paranormal and to her most of the park is just Hollywood special effects. Until the very last attraction.
There, in a haunted house, a face appears from the mist. The face of Jordin Cole, a girl Maia knows. A girl, Maia discovers, who has gone missing.
Convinced what she saw wasn't a hoax and desperate to find Jordin, Maia launches into a quest for answers. Joined by Jordin's boyfriend--a pastor's kid with very different ideas about the paranormal--the two soon find themselves in a struggle on the edge of the spirit realm as dangerous forces try to keep the truth from emerging.

My review:

Maia Peters is the daughter of parents who are world known for their work in the paranormal world. Derek Hobbes is an undergrad student, who is in love with Jordin Cole, the young woman who goes missing. This story begins in a haunted house, where three friends travel in together, but Maia is not at all frightened as her friends are, until the end, where she sees the face of Jordin Cole. Jordin tries to befriend Maia Peters. Maia is skeptic of just about everyone who wants to be close to her. Jordin wants to experience the paranormal world and knows Maia can help. Jordin hires Maia, and they set off on visiting ten haunted places. Now, there is some evidence to these places, for they are all real. So, along with these places, the history of them is shared. Maia and Jordin experience the paranormal together, but things soon get very dark. Then Jordin goes missing, and Derek and Maia set out to find answers. Derek is grounded in his faith. That is one promising event throughout the story. This is one book that I must say I felt uncomfortable reading. I felt it took the reader places that a Christian does not want or need to visit. This book is deeply rooted in the paranormal and seeking what is there. Although there are twists and turns throughout this story, I didn't like where it lead. These friends come head on with demons. Although I do not scare easily, I found myself feeling an uneasiness. And in that I could not finish this book. For me, this was one I had to put down and cannot suggest at a summer read.

This book was a gift by Bethany House for it's review.

Robin Parrish is a journalist who's written about the intersection of faith and pop culture for more than a decade. He's also the author of the acclaimed DOMINION TRILOGY. Robin and his wife and son live in North Carolina. Visit Robin's Web site at http://www.robinparrish.com/
I have never had so many responses to a review before. I have added more about this book and my post. Visit this link for more of a look into my thoughts. http://robinsnest66.blogspot.com/2010/06/more-thoughts-on-nightmare-by-robin.html
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