Review: Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn
From indie horror author and bestselling sensation Ania Ahlborn, this brand-new supernatural thriller questions: how far would you go for success, and what would you be capable of if the promise of forever was real?
With his marriage on the rocks and his life in shambles, washed up crime writer Lucas Graham is desperate for a comeback. So when he’s promised exclusive access to notorious cult leader and death row inmate Jeffrey Halcomb, the opportunity is too good to pass up. Lucas leaves New York for the scene of the crime—a split-level farmhouse on the gray-sanded beach of Washington State—a house whose foundation is steeped in the blood of Halcomb’s diviners; runaways who, thirty years prior, were drawn to his message of family, unity, and unconditional love. Lucas wants to tell the real story of Halcomb’s faithful departed, but when Halcomb goes back on his promise of granting Lucas exclusive information on the case, he’s left to put the story together on his own. Except he is not alone. For Jeffrey Halcomb promised his devout eternal life…and within these walls, they’re far from dead.
I received this book to give an honest review.
The cover makes the book look very promising but it just didn't hold up to me liked I hoped. I wouldn't say I forced myself through the book but I just wanted to get to the end to see what will happen.
Within These Walls is about a washed up true crime writer who use to be big but then went down hill. Lucas believes his big break will help him and his family out, especially since the person he wants to interview is someone that no one has had a chance to interview because Halcomb is very quiet.
The only way the interview is granted is if Lucas lives in the house where the murders were committed not such a big deal one would think. But when Lucas takes this offer it is more than he expects. He has problems with his wife which have been ongoing it seems but now it is more so because of this, his daughter is in the stage of truly finding herself and now hates her parents.
Lucas's daughter is the perfect person to join in Halcomb's cult if he still had one.
Halcomb's deal with his followers was he promised them eternity how, he never said but it was something he liked to preach.
Lucas of course packs up his belongings and moves across country with his daughter Virginia in tow. And then Halcomb decided to not do the interview! You can probably see where this is going for sure. With Halcomb backing out the question is will Lucas still be able to do his story without Halcomb, what is going on with the moving of furniture, who does his daughter see and is Lucas going crazy towards the end? There are ghost within these walls and it does make you wonder if you can live for eternity!
The story goes back and forth between the past and the present which I thought was pretty cool as so we can see what happened with Audra Snow and how she was able to be manipulated into joining Halcomb and his group of followers. This is a ghost story but nothing over the top scary making you look behind curtains and doors.
The reason I am giving this book a 4 is because I felt it took forever for anything decent to happen, I like my ghost stories to take off pretty quickly and keep up the momentum.
Born in Ciechanow Poland, Ania has always been drawn to the darker, mysterious, and sometimes morbid sides of life. Her earliest childhood memory is of crawling through a hole in the chain link fence that separated her family home from the large wooded cemetery next door. She’d spend hours among the headstones, breaking up bouquets of silk flowers so that everyone had their equal share.
Beyond writing, Ania enjoys gourmet cooking, baking, movies, drawing, and traveling. She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband and two dogs, Beau the Scottie and Galaxy the Yorkie.
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