Book Review: At Death’s Door (Freefall #1) by Astrid V. Tallaksen

AtDeathsDoorEbookTitle: At Death’s Door

Author: Astrid V. Tallaksen

Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

The world is a pretty straightforward place. Even for medium Sara Stone things seem pretty simple, aside from the whole talking to spirits bit. But when the spirits get too hard to handle and Sara ends up admitted to a mental hospital, the world starts to seem a lot less straightforward. First her family disappears, including her four year old son. Then she gets the sneaking suspicion that not only are the staff at the mental hospital somehow connected, but they also have no intention of ever letting her leave the hospital.
Everything changes when Sara has her first visitor in three months. Daniel is handsome, friendly, and a complete stranger. When he promises to spring her from the hospital and swears that everything she’s experienced is completely real, Sara has no choice but to believe him. But once she reaches a run-down Victorian house in the tiny Alabama town her rescuer calls home, the last thing she expects to discover is that every memory she has is a lie.
Daniel reveals a world filled with angels, demons, and an impending war humans know nothing about. Sara wants to ignore her role in the whole mess – all that matters is solving the mystery of where her son has gone. But the forces of Heaven, Hell, and the Heart have other plans for her. Can she find her child before the world comes crashing down?

In At Death’s Door, Sara Stone can see the dead, and ends up in a mental hospital. Her family disappears, including her little son, who according to the staff never existed. She grows suspicious that staff at the hospital has no intention of letting her go. But when Daniel, a stranger, shows up as her first visitor in months, and promises to help her get out of the hospital, her life takes an unexpected turn. Everything she ever believed turns out to be a lie, and in a world filled with angels, demons, and other supernaturals, Sara has a role to play in the impending war. But Sara’s thoughts are mostly on finding her child, although she is thwarted at every turn.

Whenever I thought I had figured something out, Astrid V. Tallaksen proved me wrong. The world-building in this book is so rich and complex that it completely blew me  away. I could connect with Sara from the start, and I felt her confusion as every answer led to more questions and every question opened up a whole new mystery. The pacing was so fast it made my mind spin, but in a good way.

I went through just about every emotion humanly possible while reading. I wanted to cry, I became furious, I laughed, I jumped up from my seat. Sara is so tough, strong and ispiring, and she never gives up. Daniel was great too, and the banter between the two of them sometimes offered some relief from the fast-paced action. Most impressive was the world-building, though. When I was done reading, I didn’t want to leave this world, and now I’m eagerly looking forward to the second book.

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