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- Print Length: 358 pages
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- Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing (March 1, 2018)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078SHG68B
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A picturesque town, an ancient curse, the power of love to heal and to destroy. These are the classic elements that F.E. Feeley Jr. weaves together into this complex ghost story. Maplewood, Vermont, is an archetypal New England town, whose violent destruction and rebirth has all but been forgotten by its citizens. Summer visitors, leaf-peepers, and winter skiers are the mainstay of Maplewood’s economy, and nobody remembers or cares about the centuries-old diaries shuttered away in the town library.
Hayden Moore comes to Maplewood seeking solace and forgetting. A hotshot young Boston prosecutor who lost his husband to violence, Hayden hopes he’ll find peace in the Vermont backwoods. To help him renovate the beautiful, long-empty house on the shore of Lake Veronica, Hayden hires Tommy Law, ex GI and former town bad boy. Tommy, always a loner, discovers that this beautiful, melancholy city man stirs something in him that he has never recognized before. Indeed, unbeknownst to anyone in town, Hayden’s arrival in Maplewood stirs up something deeper and more sinister in the unexplored waters of Lake Veronica.
What makes this book such a pleasure to read is that the two men at its center are not the only important players, not the only love story. Hayden and Tommy are the pivotal pair in the story—its triggers and, ultimately, its moral center—but there are other people around them who play critical roles, without whom the story would have far less weight. From Suzie, the outgoing manager of the local diner, the Maple Leaf, to Paul, the lonely, nerdy geologist, the cast of characters are all lovingly portrayed as living members of this harrowing tale of violence and redemption. Hayden, the outsider, is not alone; Amanda and Terri, his best friend and former boss, respectively, are brought into the narrative to underscore Hayden’s worth and to remind us of the life he lived and lost in the name of duty.
I particularly like the way Feeley deals with religion in “Closer.” Christianity is both the bogeyman and an ultimate source of good, as the author turns a gimlet eye to both the power of faith and its abuse, whether intentional or accidental. Feeley is something of a cynic in regard to religion and its misuse to control people; but he understands the power and healing that faith can bring. From the very start, the pre-Christian beliefs of Celtic Druidism swirl through the story, providing pointed opportunities to skewer the weaknesses as well as the strengths of any belief system.
F.E. Feeley Jr. brings a distinctively personal passion to his writing. He has a big heart and is not unfamiliar with suffering. He is a soldier, but he believes in magic. I suspect it is his personal duality that makes his story-telling so powerful. “Closer” seems to be the beginning of a series. I look forward to it.
After Hayden loses his husband, he decides to give up his job and move to a small town in Vermont. His husband's death left him devastated for an entire year, and Hayden needs time. As he starts getting around and meeting people, nice and other ones, he finds his new home welcoming and friendly to a certain degree. He needs help with freshening up his new house, and Tommy was recommended to him.
From the very beginning, a careful friendship develops between the two men as they work together. Hayden doesn't know yet that he will need every friend he can get with what the town of Maplewood is going to face.
I'm not going too deep into the story. I'm scared I could reveal secrets the readers of the book should discover by themselves.
But I can definitely say that I enjoyed the characters, the story plot and the enormous suspense during the entire book.
The story builds up just the right amount of time; the spooky part comes in scary and surprising. 'Closer' isn't for the fainthearted! Me being 'case sensitive,' so to speak, started seeing ghosts all over the place and I refused to enter a room in my home without turning the light on first - for days!
Still, I did enjoy the book, written by a very talented writer who definitely knows how to catch his readers with a great story! Well done!
…Tommy laid eyes on Hayden for the first time. The young man was handsome, with blond hair and green eyes, and something about him made Tommy hesitate for a second. He wasn’t sure what it was, just a tingle in the back of his head. Hayden smiled broadly, something that made that tingle even worse, and extended his hand…
… Tommy spun around, startled a little, and saw Hayden standing there in a pair of cutoff shorts and a tank top. His muscles were well maintained on his thin frame. His legs were strong and muscular as well. Tommy swallowed hard.
Standing at over six-foot-tall, with a shaved head and a gruff demeanor, people thought he was either a skinhead or a biker. He didn’t much appreciate either description. He was, in fact, a former army ranger. He’d worked Special Ops for about fifteen years and had deployed to countless places…
He still kept in great shape; his body was toned, and he was built like a quarterback. He kept up his army days physique by lugging around wheelbarrows full of cinderblock and other masonry. His large callused hands were rough from years of handling rifles and digging trenches, and they were kept that way by wood working and lugging around five-gallon paint buckets. Washing his hands in turpentine to get the paint off, didn’t help much for that matter…
…Hayden’s eyes grew wide at the sheer size of the man. He was muscular, no doubt about it, but not in the way pretty boys were. No, this guy was solid in the get in my way and there won’t be anything left of you sort of way.
Closer is such an incredibly told ghost/possession story in the great setting of Maplewood, Vermont, a small and quaint town with a dark history and awful, mysterious occurrences that keep coming back – except this time they’re here for good.
Hayden Moore, an assistant district attorney in Boston, loses his husband to the hit men out to for a revenge killing to avenge a case against the mob, except that instead of the hit men killing Hayden, they killed his husband, Malcolm. Hayden never stepped back into the courtroom and instead wen to Maplewood to restart his life.
As he needed a handyman to help fix the wonderful, historic home he purchased Hayden hires Tommy, an ex Army Ranger. Tommy came back from the Middle East and has also been trying to rebuild his life, except although he knows something is missing he doesn’t realize what it is until he meets Hayden.
Maplewood’s past holds a dark story of a crushed love and the poltergeist/demon/ghost that was conjured up by the preacher’s daughter when her lover is killed at the hands of his father. As her lover is killed she swears vengeance upon the town and conjures up the demon from the depths of darkness. It is this demon that is now bent on destroying the town for good and all those in it.
The one thing that always stands out about Mr. Feely’s writing is the sense of reality.
There is an authenticity to his stories that I really enjoy. They are down to earth, with honest, everyday characters. His stories are a reflection of real life and they contain the full spectrum – gay, straight, male, female, young old – that is real life, folks. So refreshing and it is so enjoyable to read an honest ghost story told incredibly well!
I zipped through this book and now I want to read more by Mr. Feely. Try it, you’ll see.