About the Book:
Geof Franklin gets the late-night phone call every parent dreads and discovers that his son has been missing for weeks. As he relentlessly searches for his only son, he gets pulled into the orbit of a cult-like sub-culture of clans that live by their own rules and think nothing of killing anyone who stands in their way. To have any hope of reaching his son he has to keep digging, but he’s digging himself into more and more trouble — with the mysterious clans, and with the law.
This exciting sci-fi adventure story is set in and around Washington, D.C.
The Hidden Village (The World Next Door) is nearly perfect. I was captivated by the story and read it quickly, trying to find out if Geof’s son had been drawn into a cult or something more insidious. I enjoyed the Dungeons & Dragons in the real world premise of the story.
What keeps me from giving this story a five star review is the ending. I was reading along, thoroughly enjoying and completely absorbed in the story, when, suddenly, I was smacked in the face with the ending. It was like running into a brick wall (not that I have, but you know what I mean). The worst part was that the author felt the need to write a few quick paragraphs to answer all the unanswered questions. It was just not enough to undo the damage. I would much rather have the book be a little longer and go into more detail with the ending.
I give The Hidden Village four out of five creepy symbols. It was an engaging read, with a disappointing ending. I can only help there is a sequel in the works that will help to flesh out the ending of the first book.