Between & Betwixt by Bruno Pecile

Between & Betwixt

The Corridor of Doors Trilogy
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A story of a trip to grandmother’s house…in another world.

Khia and her 7-year-old brother, Devon, have been in foster care ever since a car accident that took their father’s life and left their mother unable to cope. When Khia is just shy of her 16th birthday, however, strange things start happening. First, a seemingly innocuous old woman becomes possessed and tries to kill them, and they’re rescued by a mysterious man and woman who disappear almost as quickly as they appeared. Later, they’re nearly caught in an explosion at a Catholic church. They’re saved from this by two mysterious men and a social worker they know. The men turn out to be Norbert and McBride, who are charged with a special responsibility: to defend Khia and Devon, and return them to their grandmother who lives in another realm. To reach it, they have to get to a portal at Grand Central Station in New York City. That wouldn’t be so hard if they weren’t being pursued by multiple law enforcement agencies, who are under the impression that Devon and Khia have been kidnapped. A few magical beings are also following them, including shamans, a shape-shifting Sylph, and Rock Furies. Overall, this novel offers an exciting plotline with compelling characters. It would be even more involving, though, if the book gave a bit more information about why Khia and Devon are being chased, and what it will mean for them to be returned to their grandmother. Granted, the book is the first of a trilogy, and it’s understandable that some plot elements are left unrevealed. However, in this case, the lack of information sometimes makes it hard to get fully involved in the story, as it’s unclear what the stakes are.

An often engaging book that leaves readers wanting more details.

Pub Date: May 22nd, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4602-6607-6
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: FriesenPress
Program: Kirkus Indie
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