Sunday, September 20, 2015

At Death's Door - Astrid V. Tallaksen

The world is a pretty straightforward place. Even for medium Sara Stone things seem pretty simple, aside from the whole talking to spirits bit. But when the spirits get too hard to handle and Sara ends up admitted to a mental hospital, the world starts to seem a lot less straightforward. First her family disappears, including her four year old son. Then she gets the sneaking suspicion that not only are the staff at the mental hospital somehow connected, but they also have no intention of ever letting her leave the hospital. 
Everything changes when Sara has her first visitor in three months. Daniel is handsome, friendly, and a complete stranger. When he promises to spring her from the hospital and swears that everything she's experienced is completely real, Sara has no choice but to believe him. But once she reaches a run-down Victorian house in the tiny Alabama town her rescuer calls home, the last thing she expects to discover is that every memory she has is a lie. 
Daniel reveals a world filled with angels, demons, and an impending war humans know nothing about. Sara wants to ignore her role in the whole mess – all that matters is solving the mystery of where her son has gone. But the forces of Heaven, Hell, and the Heart have other plans for her. Can she find her child before the world comes crashing down?

Sara is stuck in hell, a mental institution where she sees and tries to avoid talking to ghosts so the doctors will let her go home to her son.  With the help of Daniel, a mysterious stranger, she escapes.  Daniel helps her find her way back to her memories throughout the story and finds the person who kidnapped her son. As she discovers that Angels and Demons walk the earth the ghosts are also whispering the apocalypse is upon them.  As the two battle Sara's unknown they discover truth, betrayal and recover her son from evil.
At Death's Door is a very unique paranormal story that will leave you at the edge of your seat from beginning to end.
I give At Death's Door...

4.5 Baskets!

They always say don't bring a knife to a gun fight. It makes sense, it's logical. 

There's no way your knife will be faster than a bullet, and you have to get very 

close for it to be effective unless you're good at throwing said knife. Roxanne's 

didn't look like it would be very easy to throw. She broke tradition though and 

leaped forward at Daniel slashing twice across his chest and leaving crimson 

stripes in her wake. Why the hell hadn't he shot her yet? I felt frozen, watching 

over my shoulder as they just stared at each other, kind of swaying back and forth 

as though deciding who attacked next. It seemed like a no-brainer. He needed to 

shoot her, sooner rather than later, then turn and figure out what to do with Sasha. I 

tried to see how deep the knife wound was, but all I could tell was that his entrails 

weren't falling on the floor. That was something at least. There had to be some 

reason he wasn't shooting her, but I couldn't for the life of me fathom what that 

reason might be.
Debut author Astrid V. Tallaksen grew up in North Alabama. She was fortunate to
be raised with a heart for stories of creatures and places outside of this world. Her 
love of reading quickly became a love of writing. She spent several years creating 
content and helping writers to improve their craft on the online world of Althanas, 
a creative writing workshop in the guise of a roleplaying forum. A self-avowed 
nerd, Astrid loves science fiction, comic books, and eighties fantasy movies in the 
vein of The Princess Bride and Labyrinth. Her geekiness extends to annual 
volunteer work at the massive sci-fi convention known as Dragon*con every year 
in Atlanta, Georgia. In the odd times that she's not immersed in geekdom or 
writing, Astrid loves to sing karaoke, crochet, and spend time with her family and 


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