Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: THE OTHER SIDE: TRENT'S STORY by Starr Gardinier

The Blurb:

Melinda James is finally out of Skyview Haven—an asylum where she was confined for years—and is living her life, free at last. However, things are not going as planned; harassed by unexplained paranormal experiences, she doesn’t feel safe in her own home. And when she turns to her best friend Trent for help and support, she is surprised to find her feelings for him have grown far beyond a simple friendship.

Trent Miller isn’t prepared to fight evil, but he will do whatever it takes to save Melinda from an evil entity that is seeking revenge for past events. Armed with knowledge gleaned from television shows, a team of paranormal investigators, and the prayers of family and friends, he is ready to face anything. 

The question is, does he tell her about his feelings for her before or after he fights a battle with evil for Melinda’s very soul?

My Review:

Any of my friends will tell you, there's nothing I love more than a good, old fashion ghost story. This book definitely delivered.

You have Trent and his best friend Melinda trying to find their way to normal after each had suffered a traumatic past. Hard to do when you're dealing with the paranormal. To complicate the situation, they struggle with feelings for each other.

Starr Gardinier has the talent to make those scary moments jump off the page at the most unexpected times. It's a true battle between good and evil.

That being said, let me tell you what made this story stand out from the others, (for me at least). Some of you may think this sounds a little crazy. Even Starr may disagree with me here.

The story is written in first person using Trent as the main narrator. His manner of speech is often in clipped sentences and comes at you like bullets from an old fashioned tommy gun. That's the way I saw it. Even though the story is present day, in my mind it looked like a black and white movie.

The cover of this book is perfect.

Think back to when you were a kid. What was more scary on a Saturday night than those old black and white thrillers, mysteries, or horror movies? They don't make 'em like that anymore.

But, Starr Gardinier does.

It's a must read for those who love a chill running up their spine.
Look for it in print or ebook from The Wild Rose Press or any online retailer.

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