Nightmare by Robin Parrish is definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year. Parrish is a Christian author, but don’t let that bother you if you are not a fan of religion or Christian literature. The book is not at all “preachy” or condescendingly moralistic. It’s an incredibly open-minded speculation into the paranormal that attempts to see if the paranormal and the religious can coexist rationally. This unconventional ghost story has an incredibly unique and engaging plot that completely enraptured my attention. The prose never dragged or dulled, and the ending was very unpredictable. I’ll admit that the end was less believable than the rest of the book, but overall, the book was really excellent. It was not only wildly entertaining, but it really challenged the typical perception of paranormal events.
Amazon Product Description:
Ghost Town is the hottest amusement park in the country, offering state-of-the-art chills and thrills involving the paranormal. The park’s main ride is a haunted mansion that promises an encounter with a real ghost. When Maia Peters visits during her senior year of college, she’s not expecting to be impressed. Maia grew up as the only child of a pair of world-renowned “ghost hunters,” so the paranormal is nothing new. In fact, the ride feels pretty boring until the very end. There, a face appears from the mist. The face of Jordin Cole, a girl who disappeared from campus a few months ago. Convinced what she saw wasn’t a hoax and desperate to find answers to Jordin’s disappearance, Maia launches into a quest for answers. Joined by Jordin’s boyfriend–a pastor’s kid with very different ideas about the spirit realm–Maia finds herself in a struggle against forces she never expected to confront.
Final Grade: A