Heavensgate: Hope by Leo Kane
When Jacob is a child, a mysterious girl comforts him at the funeral of the family he accidentally killed.
Years later, grieving for his lost wife and son, Jacob is at Heavensgate. He strongly believes that the dead should stay dead, but sees things other people don’t see.
Even worse, Jacob is besieged by his alter ego: the taunting, foul-mouthed, sex-crazed and dangerous Jake. A personality with a twisted sense of fun and no conscience.
Jacob battles for his sanity and soul, surrounded by supernatural enemies and allies, as he struggles to free the Keeper of the Forbidden Book and ignore the menacing pink Cadillac that drives by his lakeside lodge every night.
Wherever Jacob goes, people die, and the cops are moving in when a terrifying and seductive presence arrives on the frozen lake.
Now, Jacob will discover that even hope has a dark side.
I began reading this book with an advantage. I had recently hosted a Character Interaction between Jacob and Jake on my blog, so I had some idea what to expect; however, as the story began to unfold, its complexities and multi-faceted layers wove a web of intrigue in my mind I could not ignore. In fact, I could barely put the book down (though I had to) and I found myself more and more curious about the main character…or main characters, perhaps.
The authors approach is both mesmerizing and, like any hypnotist worth his/her salt, equally confusing. Many times I had to stop and re-read, searching for the meaning behind the meaning; seeking truth where there, perhaps, wasn’t any to find. I felt the turmoil of the characters and was drawn into their psychosis with frightening clarity.
Hope is a tale not only of Hope, but of trauma and darkness and the slippery slopes of the human psyche. It kept me thoroughly beguiled and Im looking forward to book two of the series.
You can read more about the characters of Heavensgate through a recent Character Interaction I hosted between Jacob and Jake.