Disclosure. This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.
I have received a free e-copy of the book The Space Between by Shawn D Brink to review. You may find out more about the author on his website.
Here is the book blurb.
“I’m the hundred-year-old woman in the hundred-year-old store. With my hundred-year-old eyes I guard the hundred-year-old door.”
After five nights of the same vivid dream, Hunter sets out in search of the ancient woman who haunts his nights. When he and his wife Nora find the elderly Nancy Love, they find far more than they bargained for. She refuses to let them leave her antique shop until they open the door. What could it possibly hurt?
What is behind that door will send Hunter and Nora on a journey beyond imagination.
This is the first book in a trilogy.
Initially the story seems to be unrelated events. So in chaper 1, a lone driver Kenneth is killed in Nebraska by an alien who appears through a lightning bolt. Then in chapter 2 we meet Hunter, one of the main characters having a dream about the “hundred year old woman”, but his dream morphs into a dark evil alien nightmare. Hunter also has an OCD around the number 5 and apparently he has now had this dream 5 nights in a row. He decides to try and find the “hundred year old woman”.
But by chapter 3, I had settled into the tale as we get introduced to Hunter’s wife Nora who coincidentally has had a nightmare about the Century Old Antiques store for 5 nights.
And of course in chapter 4 we meet Nancy, aged 100, devout Christian owner of an antique shop, who by now as the reader could anticipate has also had a repetitive dream for 5 nights.
Can you guess what happens next? Yes both Nora and Hunter separately find Nancy in her shop, but what happens when they open the “hundred year old door”. Things take an even more far-fetched turn, as the story progresses into the fantasy realm in Outer Earth. It also gets more spiritual with lots of biblical references. But plenty of surprises too. Can any of them save the day?
The author had personally told me that this was Christian fiction. However the blurb doesn’t make this clear, and although a different genre to the previous title My Gypsy War Diary which I have also read by this author, once again I did feel rather uncomfortable to have the religious godly message thrust at me, particularly as this time it was through a large proportion of the tale.
I subsequently rechecked on Amazon and there is very little to indicate that this is specifically Christian fiction. I eventually spotted the book was categorised as Religious & Inspirational Fiction and if you are viewing the paperback version rather than kindle, it includes an image of the back cover with some clues to it being somewhat religious. I feel it would be more appropriate to forewarn the reader within the blurb, to give the opportunity before purchasing to consider whether they wish to read this genre.
That said, it is still an interesting read with a unique storyline.
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