Published by: Samhain Publishing on April 2, 2013
Source: Bewitching Book Tours
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How can you escape the ghost of yourself?
The Leigh family is terrified. They’ve been haunted by the ghostly image of their young daughter, Selena. But how can that be, when Selena is alive and well, and as frightened as her parents? With nowhere else to turn, the Leighs place their hopes in Jessica Backman, who has dedicated her life to investigating paranormal activity. Accompanied by a new partner who claims to be able to speak to the dead, Jessica will soon encounter an entity that scares even her. And a terror far worse than she imagined.
Wow, Shea draws the reader in from the first page. From the beginning I was captivated and wanted to know how all of the characters and their individual story lines were going to coalesce. While the first few chapters bounce between different characters, which makes it a little hard to follow along and figure out who is who, the shifting points of view allow the reader to understand each character’s background and how they are all going to come together. It makes each character unique and personable, to the point where it’s hard to pick a favorite character.
The character growth and world building is superb. With each description and insight into the characters and their surrounds the reader feels like they are right there with them. When Selena was getting attacked, I felt it. When Eddie’s reeling from a psychic showdown, you can feel his physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion. All of the terror and emotional upheaval is handled delicately. It would be extremely easy to overdue the emotions in the story but Shea gives just enough description to make it real.
I’m not going to go much into the plot elements since that would ruin the story but suffice it to say that Shea delivers on the horror element. There’s action from the first page to the last which builds steadily as Jessica is introduced to the Leigh family. And although this is a sequel to Forest of Shadows it reads as a standalone. I honestly didn’t know the book was a sequel because Shea does a great job of introducing all the elements needed to make a cohesive story line. Even the one question I did have, what happened in Alaska (which would have been answered if I read Forest of Shadows), was answered in the book.
I recommend Sinister Entity to anyone who is interested in hours of tense, action-packed, horror-filled reading. Sinister Entity isn’t for the lighthearted but it’s well worth taking the plunge.
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