Trevor, Drew, and Amber used to be the best of friends, until fifteen years ago when something happened inside the old Lowry House… something that none of them are able to remember or explain. When they meet up again at their fifteen-year class reunion, they hope to find out once and for all what really happened, but even as they attempt to recall the strange events of so long ago, stranger things are occurring all around them — and even within their own minds. Their friend Greg seems to hold the key to unraveling the mystery, but he seems to have secret plans of his own for the weekend…
Fans of the “Ghost Hunters” paranormal investigation series will appreciate the subtle tie-ins in this book, even if what the three friends are hunting isn’t technically a “ghost.” In fact, the two main lead males even sort of reminded me of Jason and Grant. The book is definitely one for adventure and fright-seekers, as there were a number of parts that were creepy, weird, and downright gruesome. They certainly know how to set the mood for getting people freaked out.
Large parts of the book were dream sequences or hallucinations, which — although I understand why it was done and it does fit with the resolution of the story — was sometimes a bit confusing. Whereas I thought Trevor and Drew were great characters with interesting personalities, Amber actually kind of annoyed me and seemed like just a weak link that the other two had to carry throughout the novel. Her advantage is supposed to be her premonition-type dreams, but when the others experience similar things, it takes away from her uniqueness and makes her look weak because, unlike them, she can’t emotionally deal with the visions.
A heads up: this novel does take a sort of New Age-ish approach to dealing with the powers of “the Darkness,” basically coming down to believing that friendship and positive thinking are what will vanquish the evil entity, rather than what they described as the other two possibilities — turning to Magic or religion. Now I’m pretty sure that if I ever run into an evil entity that has the ability to manipulate people’s minds and literally scare them to death, I’m not going to simply rely on my positive self-talk and overall peppy attitude to defeat him, but this is a work of fiction, and in the circumstances in this book, it kind of made sense.
Also, I noted one small error in the printed text, where on p128, Amber recalls, “It was a Saturday in September…” although throughout the rest of the book, it was clear that the events original events occurred in April.
Overall, this is kind of a freaky novel with some suspense, but not as much actual “ghost tracking” as I had expected. This is definitely an “adult” novel — be prepared for some fowl language, frightening imagery and gore.