Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Revelation Room by Mark Tilbury.
About the book: Ben Whittle’s father is a private investigator who has been taken captive by a cult whilst investigating a missing girl. Close to death, he makes a desperate call to Ben for help. He tells Ben that he must not call the police because “everyone will die”. With the help of his friend Maddie, Ben retraces the last known steps of the missing girl. The only option open to them is to join the cult and rescue Ben’s father from the inside.
But this is no band of hapless hippies worshipping the moon and drinking chicken blood. They are a group of dangerously brainwashed followers who are under the spell of psychopathic cult leader, Edward Ebb. When Ben and Maddie are initiated into the group, they pass into a world where only two choices exist: compliance or death.
Ben and Maddie must find Ben’s father and the missing girl, but the odds are impossibly stacked against them and time is fast running out. And they will soon discover the gruesome secret concealed in the Revelation Room.
My review: I have to admit I wanted to read this since I read the first excerpt, and it didn’t disappoint. The story begins a little slow, but that’s to flesh out the two main characters and set the stage for their relationship. For me, it was well worth the wait. Because of that, I developed a strong attachment to Maddie and resented any time she was put into danger. Lol
The other characters were just as well done, and you either feel sympathy or loathe them. The latter was reserved for Edward Ebb while I fought the urge to reach into the story to shake Ben a few times despite feeling for him.
Overall, I felt the story was well done and made me want to keep reading. The gore was well-placed to augment the proper scenes while tongue-in-cheek humor kept the characters grounded in important scenes.
Besides being well-paced, I think it’s a cool contrast between the two opposite ends of the religious spectrum from loving and caring to sociopathic domination. Both of those properties are shown perfectly in Father Tom and Edward as they battled for Ben, Maddie, and the other’s souls.
Overall, I loved this book! This is easily one of the best thriller/suspense/horror stories I’ve read the author has become one of my favorite Indies. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.