The Unspoken by Thomas Fahy
Five years ago their lives went up in flames. Now someone or something is after them again.
Publisher’s Description: “In five years’ time, your greatest fear will consume you. It will rob you of your last breath.”
Five years ago six children who lived with their families in Jacob Crawley’s Divine Path religious cult escaped by burning the compound to the ground. They are reunited at the funeral of Jacob’s son, Harold. Harold died of drowning — his worst fear — even though his body was found miles from any water. And it seems that each of the teens is marked for murder — as Crawley had predicted years earlier. Can any of these teens save themselves?
Horror author Thomas Fahy now brings his unsettling talent to teen fiction with The Unspoken.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Luna Lovebooks says…
There were two main factors that made this book likeable for me. The first is the way the past and present were blended. Sometimes during a flashback the reader can be jolted out of the world of the book. In this case it flowed smoothly and was as if you were reliving the traumatic memories with the characters.
“I think there’s at least one thing in everyone’s life that’s too painful, too hard for words. For the right words anyway. One thing that should stay…unspoken.”
This quote is the second reason this book was enjoyable for me. I think it’s very deep, and for the 6 remaining children of The Divine Path, their pasts and fears are what they wish to remain unspoken.
Unfortunately Allison, the main character, is the only character that we really get to know throughout the novel. The story moves too fast for readers to get connected with the other five. Although Fahy is a horror author, I felt as if this was more of a thriller. For being a book centered around fears it could have been so much more frightening than it was.
There were a few surprises and the idea was good even if it fell a little flat, for this reason I give it three stars.
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