Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Regulars by Paris Singer

The Regulars
by Paris Singer

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Forsaken
ISBN13: 9781513700861
Print length: 230 pages

A man wakes to find himself dead and alone in a forest and soon realizes he has no memory of who he is or how he came to die there.
As he sets off to unravel the mystery of his past, he is pulled into a world stranger than death itself, where the struggle to balance good and evil lies behind the scenes, in the shadows.
On his journey, he encounters The Regulars, a self-proclaimed band of misfits whose sole purpose is to terrify the living.
Among them is Mr. Cage, a nefarious, dark jester who delights in causing havoc, misery and pain to all those whom he encounters.
What begins as a journey to uncover a brutal murder, soon unfolds into a race against malevolent forces, where not everything is as
it seems…

The Regulars by Paris Singer

The RegularsWhat really happens after we die? Is there a stopover to re-evaluate our lives? Are we given passes for Heaven or Hell or must we first endure a test of spirit, of good versus evil? Imagine waking up “dead,” no memory, no idea where you are or who you are?

Follow along as one man experiences what death is when he meets upon a group called The Regulars who are anything BUT regular by living standards. From a young boy to a quietly beautiful young woman to the rather dark leader of their group, this journey is one of things that go bump in the shadows, to personal revelations and discoveries to doing the right thing for another lost and lonely soul.

There is something just wrong about “haunting” live humans at night, but Mr. Cage the leader insists. Is there more to him than meets the eye? As memories slowly return, there is both pain and joy, but what if you died a violent death? Would you re-live every moment of it? Would you want to find your murderers? What if you found loved ones who still live on? Would you find heartbreak or would you wish for them to have a good life no matter where it takes them? At what point do you let go of newfound friends who have found their way to the light? At what point do you let go and say, I am ready to go on to another plane of existence or should you stay to fight the evil that is all around?

Trust me, Paris Singer’s The Regulars is going to make you stop and think about the possibilities after death. He has created a world that feels shrouded in a mist, not quite clear around the edges and easy to get lost in, somewhere between the living plane and the eternal plane. There is a constant feeling of unease that the characters do not all belong where they are, and it makes this a magnetic read to follow, page after page. Brilliant writing, with just the right touch of the unknown. Characters that come alive (sort of) and a feeling of danger in every shadow. Take a walk on the "other side" and remember, the next time you feel a breeze for no apparent reason, you may not be alone...

I received an ARC edition from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Read in February 2016

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