Nolan Moore, a rogue archeologist, and conspiracy theorist hosts the web series “Then Anomaly Files”. He gets the chance to get the make the discovery of a lifetime when a donor funds his trip to the Grand Canyon to find a rumored cave that no one had set foot in over 100 years. But the tale of discovery turns into one of survival as Nolan’s team has to escape a place of perpetual darkness. Sounds like a plot that was right down my alley.
Sarah Kelly was a respected TV journalist, until an attack in her own home left her housebound, crippled by agoraphobia and fear. A year later, she’s trying to cope as best she knows how and is the thick of her podcast series, investigating the arrest and imprisonment of a young Muslim man for the murder of his girlfriend, twelve years earlier.
Told in the first person, Don’t Let Me In intersperses Sarah’s experiences with the podcast itself. Because of this, it was pretty well paced and a good first standalone novel from Phil Kurthausen, the author of the popular Erasmus Jones series.
A year after her husband was brutally murdered while jogging in Central Park, and after suffering a mental breakdown, Poppy has started seeing fragments of what happened to her in the weeks before and after Jack’s death. The problem is that she doesn’t know what’s real and what isn’t, what’s a dream and what’s reality. And who is the mysterious hooded man that’s started following her?
David’s narration is a constant source of amusement, and every situation they find themselves in is easy to relate to. It feels familiar, and I suspected at the time that we would be likely to find ourselves in the same sort of crazy situations. I wasn’t wrong! While not everyone is likely to find themselves sitting on a motorcycle in the middle of nowhere staring down a bear* (while their spouse sits on the back saying “Where bear?!”), anyone who’s tried to mastermind an epic road trip with the family will find some parallels here.
Badass Mama Bear, Jane Hawk has learned her best friends, tasked with taking care of her five-year-old son, have been killed. It’s up to her to travel to Borrego Springs, where The Arcadians, a group indulged in a conspiracy to take over the world, are no doubt waiting for her. She has to rescue Travis, who has been left in the care of autistic loner, Cornell, and bring him once more to safety. She enlists the help of a couple of characters we’ve met before, even if they seem a very unlikely group of aides, and springs into action.
Joe Lynch is an average kinda guy. He’s a teacher, married to a beautiful woman, with an adorable four-year-old son. He’s happy with his lot, content in his marriage … until the day he’s confronted with evidence that his wife might be having an affair, and his love rival sets out to destroy his life.