Monday, February 4, 2019
THEM by James Watts
Publisher: Hellbound Books
Published: March 9, 2018
Ray Sanders returns home from Florida to bury his mother. Soon, the supernatural evidence behind his mother’s demise begins to surface in the form of dreams and mysterious happenings. During all of the madness, Sanders must face his destiny and vanquish the generations-old evil that has plagued his family since the 1800’s… In 1854, Louis Sanders, with the help of Elias Atkins, dug a well to provide water to the family farm. What they did not anticipate was the water to be infested with Odomulites - ancient sins. These malevolent beings - were trapped in our world on their way to the spirit world - formed a pact of protection with both Sanders and Atkins; the families would serve as guardians of the Odomulite nests and in return, a blind eye would be cast when the Odomulites took host bodies to inhabit and feed upon. It was this pact, which in 2016 would propel Sanders and Julie Fontaine - a young woman with a special connection to the Spirit World - into the heart of the last active nest to rid the town of its insidious Odomulite population.
I love how the author presents THEM to the reader. The prologue piqued my interest. The lady running through the night is the best kind of starter scene to get the reader engaged and hooked. I immediately wanted to know what she was running from. The author didn't let me down. A family secret going back generations is unearthed and Ray must face the terror head on.
The decades old pact between the Odomulites and the Sanders and Atkins families make for an interesting dynamic. The Sanders and Atkins families must protect the Odomulites, and turn away when they have to take host bodies. These otherworldly monstrosities scared the daylights out of me. Think Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, but much more grittier and sinister. The ancient monstrosities are about to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting small town.
The small town Alabama atmosphere is great. The characters are well written and relatable. The dialogue gives it that authentic feel. The pacing of the story is excellent. The vivid scenes bring the story to life. There are some scenes I can't unsee. The host bodies grossed me out in the best ways. I'm gagging just thinking about it. The author wraps the story up with a satisfying conclusion, too.
THEM was a great reading experience. Read it with some popcorn, so you don't bite your finger nails. I look forward to reading the author's future work.