Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Gideon by Alex Gordon | Paranormal Horror Review

Mulluane | Tuesday, January 06, 2015 | 4 Comments so far

Preston and Child meets Kim Harrison in this edge-of-your-seat debut thriller—a superb blend of mystery, urban fantasy, horror, romance, and the supernatural.

When Lauren’s father dies, she makes a shocking discovery. The man she knew as John Reardon was once a completely different person, with a different name. Now, she’s determined to find out who he really was, even though her only clues are an old photograph, some letters, and the name of a town—Gideon.

But someone—or something—doesn’t want her to discover the truth. A strange man is stalking her, appearing everywhere she turns, and those who try to help her end up dead. Neither a shadowy enemy nor her own fear are going to prevent her from solving the mystery of her father—and unlocking the secrets of her own life.

Making her way to Gideon, Lauren finds herself more confused than ever. Nothing in this small Midwestern town is what it seems, including time itself. Residents start going missing, and Lauren is threatened by almost every townsperson she encounters. Two hundred years ago, a witch was burned at the stake, but in Gideon, the past feels all too chillingly present . . .

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Gideon by Alex Gordon | Paranormal Horror Review

| Source: Publisher
| Author: Alex Gordon
| Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
| Content: Witches, Ghosts, Mystery
| ISBN-10: 0061687375
| ISBN-13: 9780061687372
| Publisher: Harper Voyager; 
Original edition (January 6, 2015)
| Pages: 432
| Cover Design: Richard L. Aquan
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| Rating: 5/5 Stars
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♥ Mini Review ♥
In the past a mistake was made. An evil was created. An evil that is now stalking Lauren. Secrets, for good or ill, have been kept for generations. Secrets Lauren must now unravel before she too becomes just another victim of an ancient wrong.

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♦ The Story. Lauren is a smart, sophisticated young lady just trying to make her way in this world. But when her father dies she discovers that along with his estate, he has left her with a lot of unanswered questions. Questions that can only be answered if she goes back to where he was born. 

Gideon, Illinois is where the answers lie. The place where it all began. A place with a violent past and an uncertain future.

But there are people who don't want those answers to be discovered, and one evil being that does... 

♦ My Thoughts. Once again I have stepped outside of my comfort zone. And I wasn't disappointed.

Gideon is steeped in history. It is a place where few modern amenities function and it is doubtful that its residents would use them if they did. While there are a few conveniences like pickup trucks and snowmobiles, this is an isolated town. A town living in the past. A town I frequently forgot existed in the here and now.

But that is what I want in a book -- escape from the present. Gideon delivered that escape with an relentless barrage of chills and thrills, mystery and mayhem.

♦ What I Liked. I loved the pace of this novel. It was like watching a rose unfold in slow motion. Granted it was a black rose... But the description still applies. Layer upon layer of history, lore, worldbuilding, mystery and intrigue, all immerge at a pace that keeps the book in your hand and the real world at bay. 

Secrets cloak the danger. Evil stalks the night. And no one in or from Gideon is safe. via @mulluane

The characters too have layers and those layers also unfold slowly but steadily. Fifty shades of gray takes on a whole new meaning in this story. Everything is gray. The border between right, wrong and indifferent are never clear. The line between life and death is murky. Even the evil entity has understandable motives. 

Or does it? 

Just when you think you know, another layer is revealed and you question everything all over again. I loved every minute of the experience.

♦ What I didn't like. I'm racking my brain on this one and I'm coming up blank. I can't even come up with anything other people might not like.

I did try.

♦ Conclusion. I don't read a lot of horror and I pretty much never enjoy Urban Fantasy or Paranormal. However, this book was an exception. The story is saturated with history, lore, witchcraft and a town that time forgot. I had no problem with full immersion. Had the story frequently crossed back over to more "modern" environs it would have lost me. 

Instead I got lost in it.

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Amazon: 4.5/5
( 2 Customer Reviews)

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Source: Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/henriettaseye/About the Author: 

Alex Gordon, the author of the supernatural thriller GIDEON, was born in the Northeast, grew up in the South, and now resides in Illinois. She is currently working on JERICHO, the follow-up to GIDEON, and is having too much fun doing research. When she isn’t working, she enjoys watching sports and old movies, running, and the company of dogs. She dreams of someday adding the Pacific Northwest to the list of regions where she has lived. And maybe the south of France.

She is not the Alex Gordon who has written several books about English footballers. She also has never played for the Kansas City Royals.

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Horror Book Review of Gideon by Alex Gordon
Reviewed by Mulluane on January 06 2015
Rating: 5 of 5

Mulluane is a 55-year-old proud grandmother of 4, who is passionate about her pets, blogging, traditional fantasy, and tinkering with webdesign. She is obssesively photo shy but she uses an avatar that accurately represents her dreams. ♥ You can also find her on:

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  1. Isn't it wonderful when we decide to step outside of that "comfort zone" and find ourselves captivated by something so unexpected?
    This book sounds like it would be perfect for my tastes, and your comments about characters surprising you at every turn are what decided me to add this to the list, so... thanks for sharing!!! :-)

    1. You're very welcome!

      I am considering switching from mainly epic fantasy to more of a historical fantasy subgenre. I read several last year that I enjoyed immensely. If I push the envelope I could even call "I Am Livia," which is about a woman who lived during roman times, as fantasy. After all she does have an encounter with what she believes is a mythological goddess. I seriously loved that story.

      Epic is getting too dark for me. Maybe a change of focus will reignite my love of reviewing. I read and reviewed this one in record time!

    2. Change is always good, indeed! :-)
      It's true that a great deal of present-day epic fantasy tends toward darkness, but apart from that, a change of perspective can do wonders for our love of books. Not to mention the unexpected discoveries you could make along the way...
      So... stretch your wing and fly!

      And speaking of wings... I saw your bat was joined by the rest of the family! :-D :-D

    3. LOL! Bless you! I worked really hard on that. I wondered if anybody noticed...


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