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BOOK REVIEW: ISOLATION
BY TRAVIS THRASHER

We hope you enjoy this book review by Caryn St. Clair.





Isolation is a book that can be read from two viewpoints depending on the reader's religious beliefs. On the one hand, it is a straight out horror story not unlike The Shining. On the other, Isolation is a story of pure evil, of Satan and his minions, stalking a God loving family. Does pure evil exist in our world today? Is Satan living amongst us?

As the reader you can decide for yourself. The Miller family-James, Stephanie and their two children, return to the United States from their missionary post in a small village in New Guinea. An illness swept through the village killing many of the people and causing the Millers to fear for the safety of their children. After finding their life in suburban Chicago too hectic, they accept an offer to go on a sort of self imposed retreat in a cabin in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. The cabin turns out to be a lodge of mansion like proportions with at multiple wings, secret rooms and an entire wing that is locked.

There is much for the Millers to enjoy. The surroundings are spectacular, there is an older couple already staying in the lodge who are more than willing to babysit giving Stephanie and Jim some time to themselves and they are far from the nearest town so there are no outside distractions. But before too long, things start going wrong. The nightmares visions which have plagued Stephanie since they left New Guinea return. Their son Zach begins to withdraw and Jim makes unsettling discoveries in the forbidden wing. Plus there is a bit of a mystery surrounding one of the brothers who owns the lodge and Jim learns of some unusual past occurrences that have drawn the attention of the local sheriff's office.

I found myself running through quite a variety of emotions as I read this book. At times I was filled with dread and at others scared silly, but mostly I was puzzled. The book is told from multiple points of view. We know when we are with one of the Millers, but there is another point of view-that of a mystery man first seen in the prologue, who is both scary and mysterious. Who is this person?

Whether you pick this book up as Christian fiction or as a mainstream horror book, you are in for a very scary, keep-reading-until-you-finish experience.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, CARYN ST. CLAIR


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