This is my first Nate Kenyon book and found him to be a capable writer but a little slow on pace. I suppose some would call it a 'slow-burn' novel, but waiting nearly two hundred pages for something dramatic to happen can wear on the patience but, when finally all hell does break loose Kenyon racks up the action and goes part way to paying off the reader for sticking with it.
The plot revolves around a unusual young girl called Sarah who has spent the majority of her life in the basement of a mental institution, drugged into near catatonia with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Sarah doesn't speak or move and the only person who sees her on a regular basis is a owner of the institution,but does this man have Sarah's best interests at heart or is something much more sinister going on. When a student,Jess, is called in to try and reach Sarah things start to get weird. As Sarah starts to open up we discover how dangerous this girl is. She can manipulate objects, read minds and,if angered,do much worse. At the same time Jess discover a cloak and dagger plot to take advantage of Sarah's peculiar talents, so Jess sets about setting her free. But is releasing the animal from the cage really the best thing to do?
Technically, I wouldn't call this novel a horror. Yes, there are a few gruesome bits in it but not many and even though there is some supernatural elements as the basis of the plot,this has more of a mystery feel to it than something that will creep you out or scare you outright, so if you want non-stop blood-letting and hack and slash action,you may be disappointed. It's all about tension. Knowing sooner or later Sarah will unleash her gift and then finding who will remain afterwards. The prose is middling, neither overly poetic or sparse which fits the story and the characters are well conceived and believable. This book is okay and not too long, it's just a shame that it takes so much time to get up to speed. Thanks for reading.