Book Review: Spiritual Intervention by Glenn Maynard

December 12, 2016 Advanced Readers Copy, Book Reviews, Horror 0

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Spiritual Intervention by Glenn MaynardSpiritual Intervention by Glenn Maynard
Published by Black Rose Writing on Expected publication: December 15th 2016
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories
Pages: 265
Source: Author
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They tried to get away, but a menacing spirit has gotten hold of their son.

Carter and Brenda thought it was a clean break and a new start. They escaped their old life in Boulder and returned to Boston. Signs emerged indicated that this mission failed when their son, Adam, began to speak.

When six-year-old Adam is kidnapped in the middle of the night, there is no denying the spirit of Martin has returned. This story culminates in a showdown that has only one possibility of finding peace in their lives.

They must find a way to move Martin into the afterlife. However, there’s one problem. Martin has no intention of going.

 

My thoughts

This is book three of a series. Unlike book two I would not suggest reading this on its own but after the first two. I have not read book one since the beginning of 2016 and it took me a while to get my thoughts connected to the plot. Glenn Maynard does add in a few clues to help the reader along in this regard but again, those clues do not slow the book down and will not give you enough of a clue if you have not read the previous books.

The story starts off innocuous enough. There are some strange goings on but there always have been in their lives so some things are overlooked.

Carter and Brenda are very interesting people. They have new characters to contend with in this one as well, that I was not sure were so very helpful. Evan was the craziest but he’s one guy that I liked so much that I was willing to overlook some of his craziness. He steps over the line quite a few times so it left me wondering what this guy was up to! His dog makes up for those times as animals tend to do for their owners.

After book one and two Carter and Brenda are trying to get on with their lives and have had a son, Adam. Adam seems special, almost like he can see or talk to spirits but even with all that they have gone through they are not entirely convinced that Adam doesn’t just have an imaginary friend. Then a couple with a son move in next door and it seems that both boys have something unique going on. I really enjoyed these parts, which is most of the book, because parents have to deal with this on a daily basis. It made the book feel tangible and almost normal. They had to deal with stuff every parent does and it brings the best out in them.

As the plot intensifies the love that Carter and Brenda have for one another really shines through although this is not even remotely a romance. This falls more into the fantasy world where ghosts and dreams seem to come to life. True to his writing style, Glenn Maynard writes a ghost story that has everyday aspects but in a way that is not at all cliche. Think of it as reincarnation meets Poltergeist! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! I wound up thinking about this story long after I set the book down.

The one critique I have is that the reader is told what was happening instead of showing us and helping the readers fall into the story. This is a small critique though as I loved the characters and the plot and am sad that it seems like this story came to a close. The plot ties are all neatly knotted and put away.

Rating Report
Plot
4.5 / 5
Character Development
4.5 / 5
Writing Style
4.5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 4.7 / 5

 

 

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