Grand Masquerade: A Supernatural Suspense Novel

Grand Masquerade: A Supernatural Suspense NovelGrand Masquerade: A Supernatural Suspense Novel by Stephen C. Perkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A must-read supernatural suspense thriller...

Grand Masquerade by Stephen Perkins is a superbly written and richly descriptive novel with brilliantly drawn characters and settings. The threads of storytelling are expertly woven in this supernatural suspense thriller that guarantees the attention of the reader. Skillfully constructed and set against the backdrop of shady political dealings and the dark foreboding forests of Vermont, this book will have you turning the pages from beginning to end. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction.

The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘On an ancient ley line, deep within Vermont's dark forests, lives a mysterious and frightening secret... A forbidden door to a world beyond human perception… And three hunters are about to become the hunted… A high-tech executive and a US presidential candidate, who in public appear to be at odds, are covertly working together to flood a small Vermont town. The plan is to evacuate the townspeople to a federal camp where they will be implanted with a newly developed surveillance/mind control device called Minerva… What they didn't know, is that the town sits on an ancient ley line guarded by spiritual beings called the Others. There's something going on in the Green Mountains of Vermont and it's more than anyone could imagine… Their visit to the small town, in the guise of a hunting expedition, quickly turns sour. They come face to face with their worst nightmares - coming back not just to haunt them, but coming alive to take revenge… The executive's playboy son and the town sheriff catches on to their fiendish plan and tries to stop them --- and discover forces beyond comprehension.’

I enjoyed the story, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of plot twists that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of the novel in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much. It’s a well-written supernatural suspense thriller with perfect pacing. Not much is as it appears here, which is just the way fans of the mystery, thriller and suspense will want it.

Grand Masquerade had every element a good story should have. An intriguing plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. It’s one of those stories that come along once in a while that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader!

I’ll be looking forward to reading more from this author in the future. Highly recommended to all fans of paranormal suspense and a well-deserved five stars from me.

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