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Hellworld by Tom Leveen

Monday, May 15, 2017

Five years ago, Abby Booth’s mom, co-host of a ghost hunting reality show, went missing while filming in a ‘haunted’ cave in Arizona.

Since then, Abby’s life has all but fallen to pieces, most notably because of her dad’s deep depression and how they’ve drifted further and further apart.

But now, at seventeen, Abby has decided that things will change. She plans to go to the same cave where her mom and the crew went missing and to find out, once and for all, what happened there.

With the help of the co-host’s son Charlie and two of his friends, Abby sets off on a quest for answers…but what the group ends up finding, what they stumble across in that dark, primordial cave in Arizona, is nothing they could have ever imagined.

Abby was investigating a possible haunting… she never expected that there could be something worse.

Goodreads Summary

I literally read this book in under a day. It was perfect, too: rainy and dark. I really liked the characters. They all felt real and very, very "human." Abby misses her mom who disappeared over five years ago and her dad might as well have disappeared with her for all the help he is. When she calls Charlie up to ask for help in finding her mother she doesn't expect him to say yes, but he does. Charlie, his friend Alex, his girlfriend Selby, and Abby get together to explore the cave their parents disappeared in. Unfortunately, things go awry and ancient evils are unleashed. Abby and Charlie feel personally responsible and the book alternates between what happened leading up to and in the cave and the days after. 

Abby's character was error prone and a little bit desperate. She didn't have a lot going for her and it was interesting to see the attraction between Abby and Charlie grow as the novel wore on. Charlie was a more take charge and make quick decisions type of person. Selby is a smart, physics-driven young woman from a troubled past. Alex lost his mother in the cave mystery, too. I loved how Leveen crafted the events and built suspense. I did wish that the events and aftershocks were more flushed out though. Some felt overly rushed and for all the physics talk there was very little explanation of what was actually going on. I'm looking forward to a more explanatory second book!

4 Stars

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