Because Ideas Matter...
The faculty and staff of Butler University's College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences presents
by John Manning, Pinnacle, 2010
Reviewed by Eloise Sureau-Hale
What if every ten years, for the past
eighty years, one member of your family was to be sacrificed,
locked up and left alone one full night to die in the hands of an
angry ghost? What happens if the ritual is breached? What could
have started this long series of gruesome murders? Could this year
finally be the last?
This certainly is what the Youngs are
hoping for, especially Howard, the family patriarch. He has seen
his brothers, cousins and nephews decimated year after year, all
plagued with a curse no one knows how to lift since the 1930's. As
we near the next family reunion and the lottery to decide who will
be the next victim to enter the room, this time there is one more
person to add to the equation: an FBI agent that Howard has hired
to try and solve the mystery. And she has one ace up her sleeve:
she is not afraid of the paranormal!
In this 2010 thriller/mystery, John
Manning keeps his readers on the edge of their seat. Well-written
and fast paced, the story moves from the past to the present and
back to the past again to try and pinpoint the events which, eighty
years ago, started the ball of hatred and revenge rolling.
- Eloise Sureau-Hale is Associate Professor of French at Butler