Thursday, July 26, 2012

Feature: The Donors by Jeffrey Wilson

The Donors
by Jeffrey Wilson
ISBN:  9781936564460
Published June 29, 2012 by JournalStone
Available Format: Hardcover, Paperback, ebook

My Rating: ★★★★★

Publisher's Synopsis:  An evil force is at work at the hospital where Nathan is recovering from injuries he received at the hands of his mom’s abusive ex-boyfriend. Demonic looking men with pale faces and glowing eyes lurk in the shadows, and it appears that someone is harvesting skin and organs from living donors against their will.

In his dreams, Nathan can see these demons in their true form—evil creatures who feed on the fear and hatred they help create in their victims. Nathan’s only ally is the doctor who cares for him. Bound together by their common legacy, they alone seem to share the ability to see the demons for what they are.

Together they must find a way to stop these creatures before their own loved ones become the next victims and the demons destroy them—and much more.

The Donors takes you on a bit of a horrific emotional roller coaster. First, you are outraged at the treatment of poor little Nathan, and maybe you can see the justice of what happens to his assailant. But, are these mysterious men overstepping the bounds of morality for personal gain? That's something you have to find out as you read along.

There is a great balance in this novel of gruesome horror, suspense, mystery, and even a little love. Jeff certainly knows how to mix everything just right while truly bringing the characters and story to life. I was definitely invested in the lives of Jason and Nathan the entire time. I related closely to Nathan, since I have children about his age. I couldn't imagine one of them having to face the real life and "dream life" horrors that he overcame. I really love how the dream world was mixed with and connected to the real world.  

I was left with some questions, though. What exactly were those bad guys? And where did Nathan and Jason's power come from? Who was the other that was speaking to them? And how did they explain the miraculous aftermath of his battle against the bad guys? I can certainly see how a few things could have been fleshed out a little more and perhaps the story could have been taken a bit further to include some explanation.

Overall, another great novel by Jeff Wilson!  I definitely recommend giving it a try.