Gideon by Alex Gordon (5 out of 5)

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My first read book of 2015 is already a five star entry. Wow, that’s all I can say. Thanks F for getting me a copy of it to read, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! This is a debut novel, and as you all know, there’s nothing I love more than a debut novel! And one that kicks ass like this does? Even better! This book is out Harper on January 6, so not too long of a wait.

Lauren’s father dies and she makes a startling discovery. Her father, known to her as John Reardon, was once known as Matt Mullins, of Gideon, a small, spooky ass town in Illinois. I say this because Gideon is written as the sort of town where you’re best to drive through without stopping, without speaking, without anything, or you’re going to be mired in whatever voodoo vibe is emanating from the town and its residents. Lauren already has her hands full before she even makes her acquaintance with Gideon; she’s being followed by a spooky dude, and a newfound acquaintance drops dead after she tries to help Lauren out with the bad vibes. Lauren is out to find answers and takes a road trip, and as luck wouldn’t have it, her car breaks down in Gideon, stranding her. Every single person in Gideon gives her the cold chill, and no one wants to talk to her once they realize that she’s the daughter of the long ago disgraced Mullins. Lauren’s research finds that 200 years ago, a witch was burned at the stake, and all of her father’s back story may have been winding back to that one event. Except it doesn’t stop at one event; the whole town and its inhabitants are shadowy, terrifying characters who will stop at nothing to stop Lauren from finding out the truth about what happened all those years ago, what her father’s connection was, how she fits in, and most importantly, how to keep herself alive and the residents of Gideon from reigning evil over all for the rest of eternity. You’re guessing all the way to the last page. I had no bloody idea where it was going, where it came from, and why things were how they were. And I was sufficiently creeped out all the way through! If you want the crap scared out of you, pick up this book when it comes out next Tuesday! And I’m not forgetting to add how well the entire storyline arc is written all the way through. No loose threads and no easy ways out. This book is balls to the wall from start to finish.

All of Gordon’s ties are wound up all nice and tight, there are no weak links in the past or the present of the story, and it brings chills to you all the way through to the end. You don’t know who to trust, but it’s obvious quickly that none of these people are bringing good vibrations to Gideon or to Lauren, our main character. I love how the character of Lauren is written; no artifice, true fear but hidden quite wall behind a wall of bravado and determination, and once she gets an idea of how evil Gideon is, she doesn’t let up, even when she realizes that her role in the current situation may get her killed or the entire town may just cease to exist. Be warned, there are jumps here and there to and fro, so if you can’t handle that, well, consider yourself warned; however, it’s entirely necessary to get the full story of the past and present. This is a spine-chilling great read; do yourself a favor and pick it up!

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~ by generationgbooks on January 2, 2015.

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