Saturday, February 17, 2018

Book Review: 'The Tegen Cave' by Inge-Lise Goss

Nevada author Inge-Lise Goss was born in Denmark, raised in Utah and graduated from the University of Utah, magna cum laude. She and her husband live in the majesty of Red Rock Canyon and after a career as a certified public accountant. Now she drinks in the scenery and turns it into her novels.

Described by Inge-Lise as a paranormal web of romance, mystery and horror we can be sure at the outset of this series that Inge-Lise’s gift for weaving mystery thrillers that dip into fantasy/sci-fi will be another winner for her – just she displayed in CISCO BANDITS and THE COST OF CRUDE. Her manner of developing her plots and her characters is sure, polished, and yet with enough co-existing suspense to hold our attention to the last page.

Her synopsis underlines this direction: ‘After running from her boyfriend's powerful organized crime family, Sara Jones starts a new life in a new town. But when people around her start dying from poisonous spider bites after she receives a mysterious package with a spider concealed inside, she worries that the family has found her. Life takes an even more bizarre turn when she seems to be not only immune to the spider venom, but also surrounded by a sinister group of people using spiders to incapacitate their prey. Even her new boyfriend starts acting suspiciously. Just who can she trust? Then to make matters worse Sara's twenty-fifth birthday approaches, and her dark heritage begins to emerge. She is forced to make a life-or-death decision. And somehow, she must find a way to deal with the crime family.’

In a few short lines of Prologue we sense the fright ahead; ‘As they drove away from town, Candice placed her hand on his thigh and gently squeezed. He turned, his dark blue eyes glowing, and gave her a coy smile. She sensed something was wrong from his distant behavior at the restaurant. She peered out the side window as the city lights vanished behind them and thought, Does he know about me? Towering pine trees and leafy maples lined the road. Thick clouds snuffed out the moonlight. “The hotel was only a couple of blocks away,” she said. “I want to take you some
place special. Her body tingled as she leaned closer and caressed his muscular arm. “Your room was pretty special last night.” “This place you’ll never forget.” Candice could no longer spot any house lights through the dense foliage. A ping of uneasiness flew over her since she had only known her date for less than two days. Wanting to make her weapon easily accessible, she snatched her purse from the floor and lowered it onto her lap. “How far away is this place?”

For those fortunate enough to have read her other books the suspense ahead may not surprise, but for those for whom this is the first outing with Inge-Lise Goss beware. You are in for a terrifying adventure with more twists and turns than you can imagine, Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, January 16

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