Sep 162014
 
Review: ConduitsConduits by Jennifer Loring
Published by DarkFuse on Sept 16, 2014
Genres: Horror, Paranormal
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Mara is a Japanese-American girl with a history of personal tragedy. Though she still cuts herself to quell the pain, she thought the worst was behind her. But her boyfriend's sudden death, and a visit to one of the most haunted places in Washington State, sends her into a spiral of madness, landing her in a psychiatric ward.

Already suffering from dreams of a strange, ghost-infested house in the woods, Mara begins to question the very existence of reality. She is forced to confront the truth about her older sister's death and the reason the ghosts have chosen her as their conduit.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was a very dark story with both elements of psychological and paranormal horror. Mara is a very confused girl that self-mutilates and begins to blurs reality with imagination. Her delusions seem like paranormal elements, and the reader is left wondering if they are real, or if everything was in Mara’s head.

This was a quick, yet very creepy read. The journey into Mara’s descent is the focus, not the cause or the end result. It’s a haunting story that strikes a perfect balance between a dark plot and lyrical prose.

I usually prefer to know clearly whether a story is psychological or paranormal, but this story had a way of blurring the two in a way that it didn’t matter. Either way, Mara was going through something horrific that could only be watched, not understood. It was fascinating to read.

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