4 out of 4 stars
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Raven’s Peak is an obscure small town, way out of Tennessee, inhabited by a tiny population of fewer than three thousand people. Reports of bizarre stories such as locals hearing and seeing strange things reach the Council, thus they send Abigail to investigate about these happenings.
Haatim is a blogger who writes about religion in the past but is now on the brink of losing his faith over his sister’s passing due to an illness. He is spontaneously planning on developing a crime blog when a man randomly comes up to him to ask for help. He claims that a woman is chasing after him and wants him dead. Haatim dubiously accepts the offer to divert his attention from his pain; And that is how he meets Abigail, a hunter who is doing her menial duty of irradicating a lesser demon.
Haatim’s life turns completely around when he becomes the center of the chase between the demons and Abigail. His eyes are now open to unearthly knowledge like that of demons, lesser demons that reside inside human hosts or corpses, demon worshipers, and an organization who battles against these entities. He joins Abigail on her way to Raven’s Peak to check on what they think is a small and insignificant matter. Little do they know that a bigger and a much stronger demon is waiting for them.
As someone who likes to read and watch paranormal fictions and supernatural thrillers, I had a great time reading Raven’s Peak by Lincoln Cole. I love the actions, characters, and ideas of the book. The author’s lucid narration of events and scenarios is truly admirable. The story is fast paced and well developed.
A remarkable and striking prologue started-off the story that launched the characters of Arthur or The Reverend, who was once the greatest hunter in their organization and Frieda, a Council member. The prologue is packed with beautiful and well-written dialogues that I took joy in, thrilling action scenes and a whole lot of mystery. It sets the mood of the story and defined the overall theme of the book. It was one of the best, if not the most, exquisite prologue that I had red.
One thing worth mentioning about this book is the diversity of the two main characters. Haatim is from India while Abigail is a black woman, an unwonted combination for main characters.
The part which I liked and appreciated the most in this story are the characters. I am fascinated by Abigail’s vigor, I admired how she handled herself whenever she needed to make a decision, moreover, I loved that she knew what her goal was and how she never allowed someone to intercept even if she was aware that the odds were not with her. On the other hand, Haatim may easily be called a coward, however, I understand that he lived a sheltered life under his parents care. I adored him because he’s relatable, to illustrate when he was asked by Abigail if he stopped believing in God, “I never stopped believing God existed” Haatim said, “I stopped believing God was good” I noticed that this was a common notion of people who were in pain and those who felt gravely wronged. It was outstanding how the author developed both characters as the story progressed.
Finally, I will award this book a 4 out of 4 stars rating. This book was simply amazing. I did not find anything that I disliked about this book. Furthermore, I did not notice any grammatical error. I highly recommend this book to everyone, specifically to those who like paranormal thrillers, however, it would be nice if people who don’t like graphic and gore scenes to shy away from this book because the author did not hold back in writing those scenarios.
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