Once Upon A Book – Charlee Rae's Book Reviews

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Colony of the Lost by Derik Cavignano


I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars

I received this book for free from NetGalley.

Glenwood, Massachusetts appears to be the perfect town, but it’s actually home to a long-forgotten secret. Built upon the ruins of a lost colony with a dark part, children start vanishing from the quaint little town one by one, baffling the police. In order to rid the town of the evil that has escaped, an unlikely group of misfits must band together to fight it. Jay, a disgraced math teacher, Time, an awkward teen, and Sarah, a bullied nine-year old. Will they be able to defeat their own personal demons in order to take on a real one?

This book turned out to be quite the surprise. A real page turner, it’s an engrossing paranormal thriller that does not suffer from lulls in action. I was pulled in from the very beginning and could not put it down. The story flowed and something was always happening to keep my interest going. The characters were well developed and not your typical “save the day” types. Jay, an alcoholic math teacher who loses his job and his fiancé, is a surprisingly likeable character even when you find yourself shaking your head at his behavior. His internal struggle with his alcoholism is well written and you can’t help but start to sympathize and hope he can overcome his addiction. Then there is Tim, the new kid in town, who by talking to a pretty girl, angers her boyfriend and ends up suffering from relentless bullying. And finally, Sarah, a friendless little girl who doesn’t understand why the other kids in school don’t like her, so instead of suffering from complete loneliness, she holds onto her imaginary friend. Both of these are equally endearing characters and you can’t help but root for all of them as they are basically forced to go up against the evil that has infiltrated their town.

If you are looking for a horror novel with a sci-fi/paranormal twist to it, then I would recommend this book.

Total pages: 314, Kindle edition

Available on Amazon at the link below:

Colony of the Lost



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This entry was posted on June 8, 2016 by in Books I've read, Horror and tagged , , .
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