Format read in: Kindle
Price at time of purchase: Free
Price now (subject to change): Free
College student Albert Cross loves puzzles, so when a mysterious wooden box appears in the driver’s seat of his locked car with cryptic messages carved into it, it is no surprise that he quickly becomes obsessed. And when his lab partner, Brandy, unexpectedly turns up in possession of the box’s key, he finds himself with an opportunity to not only solve an exquisite mystery, but to do so with someone he very much wishes to impress. But the secret of the box is far greater than either of them suspect. Soon, they uncover a map that leads them deep underground, into the city’s vast and complex subterranean system, where the miles upon miles of service tunnels and drainage pipes are long rumored to be haunted. Here, far below the streets, Albert and Brandy discover an ancient and very deadly labyrinth, hidden for ages deep beneath the earth. Together, they encounter strange statues populating the darkness, shadowy creatures prowling the endless passages, and dangerous chambers where their most primal urges are violently turned against them. Their clothes lost in a moment of strange lust, they find themselves forced to navigate the unearthly stone corridors naked and vulnerable. Their only chance for survival lies within the odd assortment of objects found inside the box, from which Albert must somehow piece together a map.
This book is not kid friendly. Of course, I knew that when I started reading but I do have some younger followers and just want to warn them….don’t read it. Of course, now that I said that, it will be quickly downloaded and read on the sly.
Now saying that, it was a pretty good book. Actually, it was very creepy and I got the chills during some parts of the book. Not bad chills, good chills. Like scary, I can’t sleep at night chills.
Of course, I thought Albert and Brandy were morons for actually going into the sewers. And I thought Brandy was one because she kept sticking with Adam, even though her life was continually put in danger and when her clothes were taken. I mean, come on, you are in the sewers with a guy you barely know from Lab and you think that he is involved in whats happening. And yet you stay because the feeling you get reminds you of being in your grandmother’s forbidden basement. Which was another train of thought for me. Why on earth would a grandmother say “Don’t go into my basement”. Maybe she was secretly into S&M or running drugs out of there…who knows.
The ending was solid and again, the creep factor came in. I will be looking for book 2 to read because I want to know if Albert goes back to the temple and if he takes Brandy with him.
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