In her all-new supernatural thriller, bestselling indie horror author Ania Ahlborn asks: How far would you go for success? What would you be capable of if the promise of forever was real?
With his marriage on the rocks and his life in shambles, washed-up true-crime writer Lucas Graham is desperate for a comeback, one more shot at the bestselling success he once enjoyed. His chance comes when he’s promised exclusive access to death row inmate Jeffrey Halcomb, the notorious cult leader and mass murderer who’s ready to break his silence after thirty years, and who contacted Lucas personally from his maximum-security cell. With nothing left to lose, Lucas leaves New York to live and work from the scene of the crime: a split-level farmhouse on a gray-sanded beach in Washington State whose foundation is steeped in the blood of Halcomb’s diviners—runaways who were drawn to his message of family, unity, and unconditional love. There, Lucas sets out to capture the real story of the departed faithful. Except that he’s not alone. For Jeffrey Halcomb promised his devout eternal life…and within these walls, they’re far from dead.
*** I received this ARC of Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn from NetGalley and Gallery Books for an honest review***
If you have ever wondered if that shadow within a shadow could be real, this book is for you. In the manner of Stephen King, John Saul and Dean Koontz, Ania Ahlborn has written a fantastical story of horror and the paranormal to keep you awake at night.
Though the story began slowly for me, with it’s parallel lines of Manson, the work vears in a way that Manson did not. Is Jeffrey Halcomb what he promises to be? Were his devout not as faithful as they proclaimed to be? Is what happened in 1983 bound to repeat itself over and over in the minds of Lucas Graham and his unwitting daughter Jeanie?
The characters come off the page and into your living room. Anyone who has raised a teenager, hell, anyone that remembers, truly remembers being a teenager lost and struggling to find yourself will relate to not only Jeanie, but those that became entrapped by the message and the haven of love Jeffrey Halcomb promised.
If you love ghost stories and things that go bump in the night, this book is for you. If you believe that evil spirits can infect an manifest in a place, this book is for you. If you believe that if one has enough faith, they can do all things, read with the lights on.