|The Glen by Carl Coon|
There's something different about Jackson.
There always was, but when the savant six year old begins to suffer catatonic trances, both his parents are filled with worry. Helplessly they watch the episodes, which begin with their son going stiff as a board, unresponsive and staring into space. Their frustration grows as they search for answers and doctors are unable to explain the trances. Clarice is his mother. She secretly fears her son Jackson may have inherited her ability to see the unseen world and the demons that haunted her childhood. Not only has she hidden her past form her husband John, but in fact, Clarice has spent most of her life denying the things she has seen. Now her son is suffering, and guilt and worry are eating her up as she continues to keep her secret. But Clarice is not the only one who can explain Jackson’s condition. His nanny, Mrs. Nicestrum, who mysteriously showed up the day he was born and has been with the Millers ever since, knows something too. Normally over-protective and suspicious of all strangers, Nicey is oddly unconcerned over the catatonic spells.
When Miller Construction, John’s business expands, the tiny family relocates to a remote piece of land in Ithaca NY, and Clarice discovers THE GLEN, a slice of sylvan paradise, whose borders call to her spirit and touch every extrasensory nerve she ever imagined. With no idea destiny has drawn them there and completely unaware of the satanic cult plotting to kill her son, Clarice must learn the purpose of THE GLEN in order to save him. But will discovering the reason her son needs THE GLEN prove as perilous as delivering him to it?
I think you will love The Glen is you like Stephen King and Dean Koontz type novels that cross genres of suspense, horror and mystery. There is a wide cast of characters who all come together in the mystery, and each, whether good or evil, are presented in such a way as to draw the reader in with incredible realism and believability, even in scenes involving the supernatural. Following are snippets of reviews from Amazon readers about The Glen:
"An allegorical tale replete with a mystical glen, symbolic representations, and their interrelationship with flesh and blood characters. The description of the human characters is realistic and that of the `abnormal' acceptable. The portrayal of truly human thoughts and verbalization is well done, and admittedly `jolting' at times when employed by the Ministerial and `Other Worldly' characters." - Award winning author, J. Manhold.
"The writing is clean, elegant and establishes the good rhythm necessary to the author's effort at pulling multiple character developments along in parallel before a well choreographed convergence at the end." - Amazon Reader
"Mrs. Coon's development of the characters, both main and supporting, wraps the reader more tightly into the breathtaking story. This is a first novel? Where's the sequel." - Amazon Reader
"Very suspenseful; the evil darkness is palpable and totally creeped me out. The author actually had the hair on the back of my neck standing up at one point." - Amazon Reader
"Literally, could not put this book down! Well written and suspenseful. Fell in love with the characters right off the bat. Looking forward to the rest of the series!" - Amazon Reader
"The Glen is a decidedly well-written story of good triumphing over evil…Not without blood and gore, The Glen is a highly recommended read for believers and non-believers alike!" - Reader’s Favorite