Author: F.E. Feeley Jr.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 200 Pages
At a Glance: This a 5 Star read and highly recommended!
Reviewed By: Kim
Blurb: Their new home on Frederick Street in Clay Center, Kansas, was supposed to give writer Jonathan David and his husband, clinical psychologist Dr. Eddie Dorman, an opportunity to enjoy married life. Jonathan has just released his first major bestseller, and he hopes to finally escape his traumatic past and find the quiet existence he has always craved. Eddie has taken a job at the Kansas State University psychology department, and they intend to begin anew.
They have barely settled in when the nightmare begins. Noises, disembodied voices, and mysterious apparitions make Jonathan’s life hell. Part of the house has decided to bare its teeth, show its jagged edges, and bring back the worst of Jonathan’s past. At first, Eddie cannot perceive the spectral events and fears for his husband’s sanity. When he’s also affected by the haunting, he’s unsure of what to do but refuses to be beaten.
Together, they seek a way to fight the forces trying to tear them apart. The world is a frightening place, but confronting their fears plunges Jonathan and Eddie into absolute horror.
Review: It’s the month of October, and I like to search my shelves for spookies to read to get me in the mood for Halloween. I’m ashamed to say this little ghost story has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while. From the first page of Objects in the Rearview Mirror I was captivated, and I had trouble putting it down to do something silly—like work and sleep.
It starts off with Alan Pemberly waking up with a hangover, only to find out he’s had a one-night-stand with a stranger. And, to his surprise, the guy is married. Alan’s life has just gone from bad to worse since he’s just broken up with his boyfriend, and, he’s homeless. Sneaking out of the office building, Alan realizes it’s time to go home to his estranged, alcoholic father.
Unfortunately, circumstances are against him…
Now, the blurb pretty much covers the introduction of Jonathan and Eddie. But what it doesn’t mention is what an interesting character Jonathan really is. I mean, this guy has had a pretty rough childhood, and he seems to have turned out okay without becoming too much of an a-hole. I think a lot of it has to do with Eddie, his husband, who’s been Jonathan’s anchor when it comes to those times he’s had to deal with his husband’s bad moments. Eddie has a set of balls and he’s not afraid to use ‘em when it comes to working on the rough patches in their relationship. I also liked the reference to Meatloaf’s song as Jonathan is tearing up the highway to meet his husband, and enter their new home for the first time. And that Eddie is about to find out his husband has a special talent.
Objects in the Rearview Mirror, when it wasn’t giving me the willies, stirred up a few other emotions, like a bit of anger towards abusive people, compassion for those that suffer from alcoholism, and a bit of sadness for the one who tried to turn his life around, only to have it screw with him. And, when I finished the last page I had questions: Who was that strange woman, and will there be more of Jonathan and Eddie? Soon? Also, why isn’t this in audiobook format yet? I mean, this is something I would love to listen to!
F.E. Feeley Jr. has a new fan, and he’s become an auto-buy for me. Now, I’m off to read Still Waters. Thanks, Sammy, for the wonderful review of this one—it made me curious to try this author. Ooooh, I do so love a good ghost story!
This a 5 Star read and highly recommended!
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