Book Review: Conduits by Jennifer Loring

22744876Title: Conduits

Author: Jennifer Loring

Genre: Horror, Supernatural Horror, Novella, Dark Fiction

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Mara is a Japanese-American girl with a history of personal tragedy. Though she still cuts herself to quell the pain, she thought the worst was behind her. But her boyfriend’s sudden death, and a visit to one of the most haunted places in Washington State, sends her into a spiral of madness, landing her in a psychiatric ward.

Already suffering from dreams of a strange, ghost-infested house in the woods, Mara begins to question the very existence of reality. She is forced to confront the truth about her older sister’s death and the reason the ghosts have chosen her as their conduit.

“An evocative journey into the darkest realms of a troubled psyche. Part ghost story, part psychological suspense, Conduits is an astonishing debut from a bold new voice in horror. Don’t miss it!” —Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of all Flesh

Conduits is a tale of Japanse horror, mixed with outstanding writing and an atmospheric, haunting setting. One of the best works on Darkfuse’s list this year, if you ask me.

Mara is a Japanese-American girl struggling with a dark past. She tries to stop the pain by cutitng herself, but ever since her boyfriend passed away, the pain hasn’t subsided, even when she cuts herself. Then she visits the most haunted place in Washington State, and what follows is a spiral of madness that lands her in a psychiatric ward. Her dreams are haunted by a strange house in the woods, inhabited by ghosts.

As Mara’s vision of reality crumbles, she’s forced to confront what happened to her older sister, and why the ghosts have chosen her as a counduit.

As I mentioned, the writing is great. However, the book would’ve been better if it had been slightly longer. A lot of things happen, and not everything is explored with the same level of detail. Overall, the story is great though, dark, hypnotic almost. It reminded me of “A Tale of Two Sisters”, a Japanese horror move that I absolutely loved, and that was creepy without adding gore, or anything of the sort.

Anyone who is a fan of Japanese horror, should definitely check out Conduits. Excellent writing, atmospheric story – I can’t wait to read more books by this author.

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