- File Size: 1300 KB
- Print Length: 206 pages
- Publisher: S & H Publishing, Inc.; 2 edition (June 1, 2013)
- Publication Date: June 1, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D5EO2NO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,136,170 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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At first Mareritt weaves together two seemingly separate stories, moving from modern-day Tobias and his investigation to the tale of Rosamund, a princess who lived long ago and wonders, as she is led by a mysterious guide through her castle and its grounds, if she is dreaming. These two narratives meet, coming together almost half way through the book in a magical way.
Tobias is one of those fictional characters you like immediately--something I think is essential to any novel, but especially to a series. He's in his late twenties, but he's thoughtful beyond his years, and he possesses a dry sense of humor and is tempted by everything any young man would be (the scenes between Tobias and one of the girls, flirtatious Samantha, are wonderfully done and progress in a realistic way). He also--refreshingly--doesn't take himself too seriously. He knows his shortcomings.
Just as there are two narratives that meet and strengthen the story as a whole, there are two levels that together make Mareritt a work of art--a deeper level of theological matters (which I found fascinating) and a level of pure potboiler mystery that will keep you turning the pages. I love mysteries like this. I love that I can ride the crest of the mystery in itself but also dive deeper while I do. This is one of the best supernatural mysteries I've ever read, and I highly recommend it. I hope the author is working right now on the second book in the series.
Even the mystery itself is of a metaphysical nature. Four girls have the same nightmares, see ghostly visions and are involved in strange accidents, one of them is in a comma. The question is, is someone trying to hurt them, or are they just mentally unstable? It's not a case the police can do anything about, so one of the girl's mother seeks out the local private investigator, Friar Tobe, as he is known.
Tobias isn't a Friar. He left the order before completing his novitiate, but he is a Christian with a clearly profound faith who had been on his way to becoming a Brother, and the locals have taken to referring to him as Friar Tobe. In this way, he is the Christian equivalent of Tenzin from the Rule of a Ten Books by Gay Hendricks. Tenzin is an ex-Buddhist monk and also a PI but his cases are more of a worldly nature.
Tobias is a likeable character, open-minded, self-aware, intelligent and with a highly refined wit that is shared by the equality intelligent female lead, Samantha. She is one of the four eighteen-year-olds involved in the case, and she flirts with him. He finds her enchanting, but since she is a client, he mustn't fall for her, a fact that adds a nice undercurrent of sexual tension to the story.
Ms Keley is a consummate story teller, and this book, like her On the Soul of a Vampire Series has a symbolic aspect, in this case in the shared nightmare. Tobias must piece together all the threads of a mystery that operates on the mental, physical and spiritual planes and that calls for his knowledge of linguistics and his understanding of the spiritual dimension.
All the characters are well-fleshed out and believable ( Sam is more mature than many eighteen year olds but not unrealistically so) and another particularly likeable character is Father Mike. The relationship between the two men has the light touch that comes from a long and close friendship.
This is an entertaining and enjoyable mystery, but it is also much more. It is also a thought-provoking exploration of divine justice and redemption, a particularly wonderful book for those with an interest in philosophy, for Ms Keley has a degree in theology. She knows her stuff and it shows. This is the finest kind of metaphysical fiction in that the philosophy and its world view are not only inseparable from the story, but also are fully researched and don't in any way impinge upon or overpower the storyline. So it can be enjoyed on many levels; the kind of book that feeds your mind and soul, and perhaps even opens your heart somewhat.
It is also flawlessly edited, not a typo or grammatical error in sight. Highly recommended.
Mareritt begins with two stories separated by centuries but with clear parallels. What is not clear until later is the connection between the two. Once revealed, the connection is a natural and logical part of the mystery. Following the thinking of Tobias as he uncovered the mystery kept me turning pages late into the night.
Although the spiritual/religious aspects of this story were out of my usual comfort zone, I found the book fascinating. Keley writes for the intelligent reader, and the result is both compelling and enjoyable. I look forward to the next book in the series.