Friday, April 13, 2018

Review: Closer by F.E. Feeley Jr.

824392140Title ~ Closer

Author ~ F.E. Feeley Jr.

Publisher ~ Beaten Track Publishing

Published ~ 1st March 2018

Genre ~ Gay Fiction, Horror, Urban Fantasy





Maplewood, Vermont is a picturesque town filled with unique shops, unique homes, and a quaint familiarity all centered around a lake with an unusual history.
Legends, old as well as Urban, float around like the mist that hovers above the lake at break of dawn.
But they're just stories, right?
Hayden Moore's life was destroyed when his husband, Malcolm, was murdered. Giving up his job as an assistant district attorney in Boston, Hayden moved to the little burg of Maplewood to recover.
A new life.
A fresh start.
However, something underneath the water is stirring. Something rotten. A deadly secret wakes underneath the black waters of Lake Veronica so disturbing it haunts the nightmares of the local residents.
It's coming closer...


Jay’s Review

Something wicked this way comes.

Sometimes a childhood story told to scare the kids has more truth than expected. Hayden is trying to get his life back after the tragic death of his husband. He needs a fresh start and the sleepy resort town of Maplewood, Vermont, seems to be the answer. Set around a beautiful lake, the town is a haven for summer vacationers and ski enthusiasts. At the core are the townspeople who are living their lives with its happy and sad moments.

Hayden wants to fix up the old house on the lake he’s just bought, so he hires Tommy, a former Army ranger, who is now a handyman in the town. As they work to fix up the house, feelings Hayden never thought he’d feel again begin to surface.

Things are about to change. Along with the arrival of Hayden, a seismologist, Paul, comes to explore why the town is starting to experience small quakes, unbeknownst to the townspeople. Mysterious murders begin to happen centered around the lake and Paul wants to find answers. Are the childhood stories true? Is love the target? Who will survive? Everyone in the town must pull all their resources to figure out what is going on in their small little haven.

I really can’t go on much more without giving away some of the book’s exquisite secrets. I generally don’t like comparing authors but I couldn’t resist thinking of Stephen King. With a large set of characters, a supernatural bend, and wonderful writing, sometimes King’s books get so complex that one can get lost, whereas Feeley’s book has the same characteristics but rounds out all of the people of the town to create a coherent story. Supernatural and horror stories are most effective when they are grounded in realism and Closer is written with such descriptive prose that plays right into the possibilities of experiences outside the natural world.

While still focusing on the MC, there are several wonderful story arcs relating to many of the people in the town and it is refreshing to read a book that feels so expansive even in such a small setting. This is not a book to be read in one setting but one to savor like a fine wine.

Closer has heft and is the epic start of a great series. While this book is the beginning, the main story is completed and not leaving us hanging, with many of the big questions answered, but the possibilities for further stories are quite ripe. I eagerly await the next book from this expressive author.

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Meet F.E. Feeley Jr.

F.E.Feeley Jr is a poet and the author of six published works – four full length novels, two short stories featured in anthologies, and a good deal of poetry.
Married to the love of his life, John, he came to the writing world about four years ago where he fell in love, again, with the written word.



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