The small town of Refuge is the perfect hideaway for Patrick Lahm and the Freys. Nestled in the heart of Maine and miles away from the Kurtain Motel, Refuge promises both tranquility and ease of mind. The mundane routine of working in the local post office and buying groceries is all Patrick could hope for. For the first time in his life, things are finally looking up.
But one can only escape from his sins for so long. Occasional nightmares, visions of the dead, and a priest hell-bound on confessions leave the survivors feeling that it is only a matter of time before the darkness catches up. With Jimmy by his side, Patrick watches as the walls of reality crumble around him, and he quickly realizes that there can be no rest for the sinful.
No matter how far they run.
Patrick, Jimmy and his mom, barely escaped the Kurtain Motel with their lives and went on the run from the Sin eater. They found a tiny town called Refuge, and it seemed perfect for them. But nothing is as it seems and Patrick's normal life is about to come crashing down again!!
Now this was some seriously twisty read. The plot was awesome!!! We start with seeing Patrick having a good life. He is working in the Post Office and life is good, but the priest gives him the creeps and seems to be obsessed with getting people to "confess". Something about this seems very familiar to Patrick but he isn't sure what. Meanwhile we get glimpses back into the Kurtain Motel. Initially this is a little confusing but it starts to come together and you find your mind blown. I really didn't see that coming!!!
Again, we have the same characters with others thrown in, but this time it felt like we got more debt to them and got to know them a little better. They were more developed and I was able to become more invested in them. Plus I liked getting to know Jimmy more!! I was also so happy to see Patrick live a good, happy life. He has grown on me and I was rooting for him!!
In all, this was an awesome read. I loved the setting and how mysterious and intriguing Refuge and the people were. The twist was great too and I can not wait to see what happens next!!
Thom Bowers did a better job with this one because the majority of the story revolves around Patrick and Jimmy. He brought the characters and atmosphere to life and knows how to tell a creepy tale!
I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
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This was truly a twisted tale ! It kept me guessing until the very end ! I cant wait for the third audiobook .
Good b took I have enjoyed another one of his books so many timers you can not find good books but this is another one.
I enjoyed the narration it was easier on the second book because the narrator was the same.
After leaving Kurtain Motel, Paul, Jimmy, and Tara, settle in the small town of Refuge. Paul finds a job, Jimmy goes to school, and Tara is a homemaker.
After six months Paul notices Tara acting differently and Jimmy becoming more withdrawn.
Paul starts having nightmares and then seeing the dead while waking. Jimmy lets Paul know that he does not like it in Refuge. There is a good reason that Jimmy doesn't like it there.
My confusion began when the point of view was changed from Patrick back to the people in the Kurtain Motel. I kept wondering is it a flashback or is it happening now? What's going on? Everything became clear toward the end but I spent the whole book being confused which made me not want to continue reading. Under normal circumstances I would've stopped reading from frustration and disgust, but I had promised to give a review so I kept going.
This story telling technique the author employed did NOT work for me. It was too confusing and frustrating and I couldn't get into the book because I was constantly questioning what was going on.
The first book was super creepy and exciting. This book was a huge disappointment. It was neither creepy nor spooky. Just confusing, boring and annoying. Every time something odd happened that I thought would make Patrick pay more attention to Jimmy or question what was going on around them, Patrick instead acted dumb and would make some flimsy excuse to explain it all. Or no excuse at all and he would just ignore it. I'd ditn understand this as he didn't seem to be a particularly dense person. I mean, Tera's (sp?) appearance started physically changing and he was all "huh, that's weird" and go on as if nothing had happened.
I was very disappointed with this book as the first one promised such an awesome series. If I hadn't promised a review for the 3rd book as well, I'd stop here. At least I didn't have to listen to a never ending litany of "Confess!" repeated every 2 seconds. That was a nice reprieve.
You will enjoy this audiobook. Once again the narration was an important part of the experience
I confess that I'm really glad I'm not catholic! I'm just saying!
Freaky creepy story!
I purchased and read this 3nd in series book in April, and given audiobook in September by Scare Street (THANK YOU) it is so much better to listen too. I love horror and ghosts stories. Loved the characters of Patrick, Jimmy and Connor, there is other old characters and couple of new ones. This book continues after Patrick, Jimmy and Tara escapes Kurtain Motel and decides to stay in quaint town of Refuge, Maine then terror starts after 6 mos. where you need to confess to your sins and Tara is taken. This book was suspenseful, scary, creepy and thrilling better than the Slaughter series. Recommend to anyone who enjoys horror/supernatural books, onto last book.
The whole series from start to finish is simply addictive. Very original. Flows well. This series has made me want to read everything this other writes. Brilliant!