Exciting New Releases! · Horror Reviews · June 2014 Book Reviews

Book Review: A Sudden Light


Author: Garth Stein
Pages: 400
Published: (Expected August 28, 2014)
Genre: Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Paranormal
Rating: 5/5

Absolutely amazing. This was a fantastic read that I devoured in two days. Garth Stein has written a brilliant story that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Trevor Riddell was taken to the Riddell House by his father one summer after his parents had separated. His father had recently lost his job and as a result they were losing their house. Trevor’s mother decided to spend the summer in England with her family, while Trevor and his dad went to his father’s childhood home to take care of his ailing father and settle things on the estate.

Trevor is quickly introduced to his grandfather Samuel Riddell who has Alzheimer’s disease. His Aunt Serena has been trying to convince Samuel to sign over his power of attorney so that the house can be demolished and the land sold. Trevor and his father have joined Serena in this journey as their family desperately needs the money so Trevor’s parents can get back together.

Not long after being in the Riddell house, Trevor begins to learn the damaging history of the Riddell family and what has led up to this point where his grandfather is suffering from something that appears to be Alzheimer’s. Trevor spends the summer navigating through hidden rooms in the Riddell House while trying to discern exactly what is going on there.

This story was very enjoyable. I’ve never read anything by this author before but I’m so thankful that I got the chance to read this book. It was fantastic. There was just enough of a paranormal edge to keep you feeling tense while reading most of the chapters while also doing a fantastic job of incorporating more than just the typical heterosexual couple as main characters.

Definitely have to give this a 5/5.


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