My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have a feeling that author E Denise Billups can write anything and I would gobble it up without any thought. This is the third book by the author that I have had a chance to read and honestly, I will have to keep repeating this like a broken record, E Denise Billups writes hauntingly. Doubtful? don’t be, just pick this short supernatural story about a young woman’s discovery of her true heritage, and you will know what I am waxing on about.
Ravine Lereux is surprisingly not just supernatural fiction, in fact, it is easier to slot this one as gothic for the intense creepy atmosphere Billups creates. The story that flows thru the POV of Olivia and Ravine gives rise to a disturbing nightmarish feel and the spooky and menacing aura that the author brings into the story with her writing raises goosebumps. Adding to the turmoil are Olivia’s thoughts, disjointed, jumbled characterizing the Alzheimer’s she is suffering from.
Ravine’s return to the place she grew up was nothing short of momentous as she realizes the bits and pieces of the Lereux history that her aunt Olivia had conveyed to her. With an intriguing mix of horror and fantasy, Billups provides that perfect chill down the spine story. And like usual with the author’s stories, this is one short story that I was hungry for more.
Eerie and absorbing, Ravine Lereux packs a disquieting punch.
Many thanks to HenryRoi PR and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.
A Supernatural Short Story
Olivia and Edward Lereux live a quiet life with their chocolate Border collie, Axel in a picturesque cottage flanked by Maine’s blustery cliffs, far from town and people. Outwardly, their lives appear normal, but they’re not ordinary people. The Lereux family is cursed with something that has claimed their ancestors many years.
When Ravine Lereux receives a distressing letter from her Uncle Edward, she must return to a place she swore never to return, a place that’s haunted by something, an abnormal presence she feared as a child. Now she must face it again. As she races to the aid of her aunt and uncle, she makes an unsettling discovery about herself and her family.
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