In his debut novel, IMMOLATION, Sam Reese tackles some pretty taboo subjects – child rape and incest – and it is a credit to his ability as a writer that he handles them so well. He chooses to tell this heartbreaking story within the “horror” genre, couching the real-life terror of his protagonist’s life within realm of the supernatural.
Lydia is the daughter of the town’s most prominent citizen. Her life is ideal until her tenth birthday when something unleashes the monster that has always lived, suppressed, within her father. The result is a nightmarish existence for the young girl. Ashamed, guilt-ridden and frightened, she retreats from her friends and from the world she once so innocently embraced.
Add into the mix, inherited pyrokinetic abilities and an ancient curse and you have the makings of a real page-turner that also conveys a strong message of love and compassion.
I won’t say anything more about the plot, as I don’t want to spoil the unveiling for the reader. However, Mr. Reese does leave the door slightly ajar that end, so, maybe, we will see a continuation of this absorbing tale in the future. Highly recommended for adult fans of horror or for those who genuinely enjoy a good read