Rating: 4.75 stars
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Can I, just for a minute, gush to you about how much I have come to adore A.M. Arthur’s writing? I am now convinced after reading this story that this author can do anything. Yes, I am head over heels in love with her contemporary works. But this utterly unique, imaginative piece of paranormal has almost left me speechless. It is masterfully planned and composed. This story not only drew me in and kept me enthralled, but it scared the bejeezus out of me and still had me craving more.
At the age of nine, six children emerged from the woods surrounding Kingston, North Carolina traumatized and forever changed. In a town of many mysteries, these six children carry a secret that binds them to one another as much as it binds them to the town. Until one of them is granted a reprieve, a pass to move outside of the captivity of Kingston. But the evil that hunted then twenty-one years ago is not dead. With their past hunting them down, they may need to learn to trust one another if they are going to survive what’s coming for them.
Twelve years ago, Ethan walked away from Kingston, North Carolina and Jesse. And now he’s back. An anonymous email informing him of a former classmate’s death draws Ethan back to the hometown he hoped to never see again. Ethan doesn’t remember much of his childhood, especially that night, and he’s not sure he wants to. All he wants to do is pay his respects, see Jesse, and go back to the life he’s built in Denver. But things don’t always work out as planned.
As much as he never wanted to return to Kingston, Ethan has never gotten over losing Jesse. Jesse Rowe was his best friend and the love of his life. Ethan isn’t sure that Jesse will forgive him for leaving him behind. But he can’t dash the hope that Jesse will welcome him with open arms. The reunion is riddled with conflict – happy to see one another, yet afraid of Ethan’s return to a town that is sure to never let him go this time.
When the death of yet another of the six occurs, Ethan and Jesse have no choice but to believe that their past is coming for them. How do you fight a ghost? As memories of that night come back to Ethan, the answers frighten him. But with Jesse by his side, they may be able to fight the nightmare they’ve been running from their entire lives.
I don’t know if my summary of this story does the book justice. This story is flat out amazing. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have nightmares tonight. But they’ll be totally worth it.
The romance of this story takes a back seat to the thriller mystery of this book, but not in a bad way. The romance is cultivated by the mystery. Ethan’s missing pieces – the parts about that night he’s forgotten, the search for the truth, and his facing his past are a huge part of who he is and how he’s become the man he is. His fear of the past made him into the man he’s become. Then there’s Jesse, a seemingly more gentle man. But in all reality, Jesse is a warrior, a protector. He’s the strongest of the pair. Their connection is one of my favorite parts of this story. The way they come together after so much time apart, yet still struggle, still work through problems. It makes their story and their relationship real. I love them.
I stand in awe of the composition of this thriller. The planning. The detail. Every single bomb dropped. I’m telling you, I could not look away. I felt like I was being hit with a new surprise every time I turned the page, but I couldn’t wait to see where each new discovery would lead Ethan and Jesse. I don’t want to give too much away, and honestly, from the blurb you’re probably not going to pick it up, but the paranormal aspect of this story is so captivating. I love the creativity of it, the fact that it’s something so different is refreshing in and of itself.
The blurb does not do this story justice, but I didn’t choose this book for the blurb. This author has proven time and time again that her words can create a world that I will get lost in. Prodigal is one such world. It’s a dark, scary world, one of shifting shadows and things that go bump in the night. And still, I can’t wait for more.
Prodigal is one of those books that pleasantly surprised me. I’m in love with the characters and the emotion they evoked. The story is enthralling and absolutely wonderful. And the world is new and exciting. Like I said, I’m pretty sure this author can do anything. I highly recommend Prodigal by A.M. Arthur.