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A historic house in Jotham, Texas harbors a malevolent force, and as her fear grows, widow Maggie Smith pleads with three lifelong friends to gather in her home. But will their presence combat the darkness…or feed it?
Minister Jake Williams fears Maggie has had a breakdown.
Feeling he has no choice, Jake locates the other intended guest, Bobby Weeks, who agrees to go with him but struggles with keeping his lycanthropic curse hidden.
Jonathan Steele, a wounded veteran battling PTSD, arrives with his disgruntled wife. After drinking too much at dinner, Jonathan insults the homeless Bobby, and Bobby is missing from the house the next morning.
The dark past of Maggie's home awakens in the present.
Jake, whose faith is in doubt, confides in a local priest while he and Jonathan search for Bobby, and Ricky's ghost makes another visit to Jonathan, causing him to become fixated on saving Maggie from the evil that surrounds her.
As the danger intensifies, trust is elusive, and betrayal is certain.
Maggie might be lost, Bobby confronts a terrible choice, and Jake and Jonathan fight to save them all-before they become more victims of the horror emerging beneath the deadly house in Jotham.
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By MANI on 01-06-18
This was a very fast paced, intense read that I couldn't put down.. Thomas is an amazing writer that develops his characters into people you actually would love it sit and have their company with. They feel real.
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By Norma Miles on 02-20-18
Grief changes a person ...from the inside out.
The four remaining friends from the youthful Suicide Squad are each struggling with problems, echoes from the war, and had mostly lost touch with each other since Maggie's husband and their friend Ricky was buried. Maggie had purchased the house in Jotham which had scared them so much as teenagers, yet none of them seemed able to remember. She wrote to them asking that they come visit her, and they did - Jonathan with his wife and step daughter, although mother and daughter quickly left after Jon's drunken outburst on the first evening, homeless Bobby even though the full moon was approaching, and Jake, still struggling to reconcile his relationship with God. And still they don't remember the house despite a photo showing them all standing in front of it.
Maggie has changed. She looked I'll. And everywhere the chirping, the clicking ...
Interspersing the unfolding events with excerpts from their past, happier days as a close friendship group before war entered, and destroyed, their lives, Mr.Thomas flowers writes with skill and word craft, whilst narrator reads in a frequently deadpan voice, though with good intonation and giving individual voice to each of the protagonists, which serves to increase the tensions of the text. A slow, insidious horror of mind and body, creepy and impactful.
This book continues directly from book one and really needs the predecessor to fully appreciate it.
My thanks to the rights holder for creeping gifting me a complimentary copy of Emerging, at my request, via Audiobook Boom.