Deliver us from evil…
Drowning in a meaningless existence flipping burgers, Matthew Davis suddenly collapses from a powerful psychic connection he shares with his twin brother, Jake. The pain is violent and immediate, and Matt knows exactly what it means… hundreds of miles away, Jake has been viciously killed. But instead of severing their connection, the murder intensifies it and Matt begins to suffer the agony of Jake’s afterlife.
Hell bent on solving Jake’s murder in order to break the connection, Matt travels to his troubled hometown of Hatchett, Nebraska, where an old lover and savage new enemies expose the festering wounds that Jake left behind.
Matt tries atoning for Jake’s sins, but when a demon infests the connection between the two brothers, Matt must find a way to sever their bond before his world, and ours, become engulfed in the flames of hell.
Fans of Stephen King’s The Outsider, Stephen Graham Jones’ The Only Good Indians, and William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist will find this new paranormal thriller impossible to put down.
Matthew Davis is living “the life” in New York as a short order cook, but gets a sense something is wrong with his twin brother when he has a paranormal experience and actually feels connected to him. Having a physical reaction to something supernatural, he leaves for home, which is Hatchett, Nebraska, and that’s when things really get weird. His brother has been murdered, and Matthew is now questioning the psychic connection between the two of them. Even as kids, they had a strong sense of the other’s well-being, but in death? He plans to use the connection to solve his brother’s murder.
Things don’t seem to be that great when he returns home, however. His mother doesn’t have the best relationship with him, and he wasn’t super close with his twin. People in town are saying horrible things regarding Jake, and how he must have been involved in something awful. Matthew appears to have no answers to go on.
He begins to go to his old haunts, even staying at Jake’s house, hoping for clues. And little by little, things get worse as their connection begins to deepen, and Matthew is only getting bits and pieces of his brother’s life before death. At some point, they determine there is something demonic about the connection and Matthew has to work through forgiveness issues to best serve his brother and solve the mystery.
It is a great read. Matthew is a well thought out character, with boldness, but uncertainty, restraint, but compassion. I like the old timey scenarios at his ex-girlfriend’s bar and the relationship with his friend who became a pastor. The suspense was worth the ride.
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I would gladly read another book by Michael Cordell (https://michaeljcordell.com/)
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