Disclaimer: I stay far away from psychological thrillers. Quite far. So I’m not quite sure what made me pick this one up one day at the Windermere Shopping Centre in Morningside, Durban. It was R10. It was for charity. Had to do my bit.
So I bought it and shelved it for a bit, still not really sure why I even bought it in the first place.
And then I opened up Page 1. And it started off thus: “Someone said to me that day, ‘It’s hotter than the eyes of hell out here.’”
OF COURSE I’D BE INTRIGUED AFTER THAT!
And so it was that I delved into a psychological thriller that I wrapped up after three days. I was at pains to do anything else because I just wanted to put all the puzzle pieces – and boy were there so, so many of them.
So psychology professor Dylan Foster is back at school after school holidays, but things start going a little south after a bizarre encounter with a ghastly and sick-looking pale stranger (look at the cover of the book for an indication!!) Then her mother’s engagement ring turns up – the same ring that was buried with her mother two years before.
Soon, Dylan’s carefully ordered world is unravelling, one thread at a time. A former patient accuses her of impropriety, putting her career in jeopardy. A suicide plungers her deeper into a spin. Relationships with colleagues start to crumble. And then there are those flies in her house …
Dylan Foster is about to get a crash course in spiritual warfare – and a glimpse of her own small but significant role in a vast eternal conflict. But when the dust settles, will anything be left of her life as she knows it?
For me, I think it was the spiritual, other-worldly elements of this book that got me hooked. I’m really interested and always talking to peeps about other beings, other entities, what they’re capable of, our role that we play as flesh and blood human beings, and what it all means to be a part of the same cosmos. AND I’m busy watching the supernatural series Stranger Things so that should give you an indication of what I’m talking about. (If you’ve never heard of Stranger Things – do yourself a favour and Google it and KNOW!)
I really loved Melanie’s easy writing style which I concluded was the perfect style for this genre. You don’t necessarily want the audience to get caught up in lovely, flowery, lilting language when there’s hundreds of clues to piece together.
So if you want to find out who this pale stranger is, if you want to find out where the Volkswagen beetle-sized flies come from, if you want to know which force – good or evil – will triumph in the end, then I 1001% recommend this book. Everyone’s always up for a classic ‘good vs evil’ showdown.
So now I’m basically on the hunt for her subsequent books because I’ve discovered that this was book 1 of the Dylan Foster/Heavenly Realms Series. Next on the list is The Soul Hunter.