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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Indie Mania: [Review] Inside Evil by Geoffrey Wakeling

Title: Inside Evil (Inside Evil #1)
Author: Geoffrey Wakeling
Published: March 12th 2012
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal.
Rating: ★★★★
Goodreads summary:
Roberta Arlington lives in Ridgewood, a small and sleepy town on the Scottish border, where she is completely content with her life. That is, until she stumbles upon a corpse at the local boarding school and finds that her world starts to unravel into chaos.

As questions begin to emerge as to just how the victim died, Roberta discovers herself caught in a world which she never knew existed. Like a shadow hanging behind Roberta’s own life, another world hovers in the background, waiting silently until trying to break through. Roberta soon discovers that she’ll have to find all the strength she has to survive the path laid before her.
*Thanks to the author for supplying me a copy of this ebook in exchange for my honest review*

Emma's thoughts:

Inside Evil is one of craziest, creepiest, freakiest book I've ever read. I know that's not saying much as I mostly read YA romance fiction, not... this! I mean this all in the nicest and best way possible of course. Inside Evil is one of those book you just cannot put down. Literally. I was scared to stop reading simply because the need to know what the hell was going on is just too strong. And plus, without answers, I was scared to simply walk out my bedroom door! I mean, who knows, a cloaked figure could be waiting outside there for me, ready to tell me: 'Your time's up.' 

The thing is, nothing literally scary happens in the book. There were no gory deaths or attacks of the like. It was simply the pretense of something darker going on than what the author was allowing us to see and I think this is brilliantly done by Wakeling. He has such a powerful way of writing, it just grabs a hold of you and demands your attention.

The story is set in a small faraway town where nobody really visits and nobody really leaves. It's sounds like a comforting little place, the random deaths besides. Roberta's a schoolteacher who finds a student dead at school and has the sudden urge to hurt Susan. Susan's the mother of a dead daughter who'd completely changed personalities months back. Martha's a widow who's husband disappeared mysteriously ten years ago. Sam's just awesome and Karl is a detective off duty who can't seem to let go of the suspicious deaths.

The journey these five go on is eerily terrifying. And it's lovely to see that even though, the blurb only talks about Roberta, the story is told from all five points of view, and even with an additional one near the end. By this, you can see how their lives are interwoven, as if they're part of something much, much greater.

It's really, honestly devastating that book ended where it did. And just like any good cliffhanger, it left me dying in anticipation for the next book. There are so many questions left unanswered, and I just really need to know what happens next.

There's no doubt that this is a book that will stay with me a long while. (That being said, I did have a dream the following night of reading it about walking through a mirror portal. IT WAS FREAKY.. and rather awesome.) I highly commend Geoffrey Wakeling for writing such a fascinating and thrilling novel.

Overall rating: 4 stars~ Utterly chilling to the bone...
Roberta stared vacantly out of the classroom window. The students had long left, leaving her alone with her thoughts and only the dropping sun to gaze at.
"Cats have an uncanny way of living on the cracks of both worlds."
I love cats(: 

...she was such a small nobody living out her life in this huge expanse of the universe. There seemed little need for her worries of the late. Compared to the massive world around her, the incidents of the weeks gone by were simply trivial.

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