Book Review: Ghosts of Eden by Keith Deininger

23199506Title: Ghosts of Eden

Author: Keith Deininger

Genre: Horror, Dark Fantasy

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

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

A neglected and abused little girl…A hopeless drug addict…Horrifying visions of bizarre beings that may or may not be human…A haunted desert refuge that could hold the key to everything…and all of it tied together by a mysterious jar that contains the secrets of good and evil, reality and nightmares, creation and death…and everything in between…

Following a family tragedy, Kayla, a twelve-year-old orphan, and Garty, a college dropout and junkie, are sent to spend the summer with an enigmatic uncle neither of them have ever known, at his palatial desert home in Los Alamos, New Mexico, the birthplace of the Atomic Bomb. While Garty struggles to come to grips with his reckless past, and Kayla attempts to discover her place in the world, their Uncle Xander reveals the true purpose for them being there.

Soon, dark secrets will be revealed. They will be shown things that will change their perceptions of the physical universe, because nothing is as it seems, and no one is safe from the terrifying secrets awaiting them. When the strange jar is opened, otherworldly horrors slip forth with ambitions of dominance, oppression and terror.

Eden will be reborn.

Ghosts of Eden is an interesting take on the orphan ends up in an adventure trope. Kayla’s family passes away, leaving her a twelve-year-old orphan. She and Gary, a college dropout and notorious junkie, get to spend the summer with her uncle Xander, an uncle she’s never known or heard of. Both Kayla and Gary are haunted by nightmares while reality starts to transform and strange things, too strange to be real. Their uncle isn’t who he seems to be, and soon they find themselves in a dark adventure that may chance the way they see the universe, forever.

The author has an amazing imagination, and knows how to tell a story well. Despite the surreal elements, the world of Kayla and Gary felt quite real. It was hard to figure out which was reality and which wasn’t, though, but I thought that added to the surreal qualities of the book. As usual, DarkFuse delivers another excellent story.

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