[CFBA Tour&Review] Nightmare by Robin Parrish

by

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Nightmare
Bethany House (July 1, 2010)

by
Robin Parrish

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Robin Parrish is a journalist who’s written about the intersection of faith and pop culture for more than a decade. Currently he serves as Senior Editor at XZOOSIA.com, a community portal that fuses social networking with magazine-style features about entertainment and culture.

He had two great ambitions in his life: to have a family, and to be a published novelist. In March of 2005, he proposed to his future wife the same week he signed his first book contract with Bethany House Publishers. They contracted him for the rights to The Dominion Trilogy: Relentless (2006), Fearless (2007), and Merciless (2008). His science fiction thriller, Offworld came out in 2009. This summer debuts Nightmare, and he’s working on another for 2011. Robin and his wife and children live in North Carolina.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Nightmare is Coming…

Ghost Town is the hottest amusement park in the country, offering state-of-the-art chills and thrills involving the paranormal. The park’s main ride is a haunted house that promises an encounter with a real ghost.
When Maia Peters visits during her senior year of college, she’s not expecting to be impressed. Maia grew up as the only child of a pair of world-renowned “ghost hunters,” so the paranormal is nothing new and to her most of the park is just Hollywood special effects.  In fact, the ride feels pretty boring until the very end. There, a face appears from the mist. The face of Jordin Cole,  a girl Maia knows  who disappeared from campus a few months ago.
Convinced what she saw wasn’t a hoax and desperate to find answers to Jordin’s disappearance, Maia launches into a quest for answers. Joined by Jordin’s boyfriend–a pastor’s kid with very different ideas about paranormal and the spirit realm–Maia finds herself in a struggle against dangerous forces she never expected to confront on the edge of the spirit realm that try to keep the truth from emerging.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Nightmare, go HERE.

My Review:
Having had what some people call a “paranormal” experience when I was just a little girl, as well as having a family friend who was staying with us for a time who had one too, I was anxious to read this new book, Nightmare, by a new-to-me author. I’ve heard lots of good things about this book and was excited to try something by him. He has got an awesome talent for immediately capturing the reader with an interesting beginning.

It was definitely interesting reading about Maia, daughter of “ghost hunters”. Maia’s story is definitely interesting and entertaining not mention gets your heart pumping and your brain thinking about things in the spirit and mortal realm that you wouldn’t otherwise think of! WOW! A mysterious disappearance has Maia in search of answers, ones that will help her better understand her parents and her doubts, but she still thinks like a skeptic!

The beginning of Maia’s story was good and full of mysterious happenings, not mention reading about some of the haunted locations (one just 2 hours from me and a place I have been to on more than one occasion!) and the “activities” that happen. Parrish was excellent with his research on the haunted locations. Well done! The terms he uses to create this story makes it feel like an authentic paranormal haunting! OUTSTANDING! But, by the end of the story, even though some things started to get a little weird, bam! It hits you with a surprise and your heart pumping from the adrenaline! Another WOW!

Once this Nightmare started, I couldn’t put it down for anything! I wanted to feel that blood rush and excitement that the characters were feeling. All in all, this is a 4 star book that I would recommend to everyone. It will pique your interest and having you thinking about “what happens when we die”!!!

7 July, 2010
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