So I usually write my reviews within a few days of finishing a book, however, that is not the case with Objects in the Rearview Mirror by FE Feeley, Jr. This book is not a simple story, and it took some time to gel in my mind. I am getting back to it now because it is a book you should read.
Author: FE Feeley, Jr
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Memoirs of the Human Wraiths
Their new home on Frederick Street in Clay Center, Kansas, was supposed to give writer Jonathan David and his husband, clinical psychologist Dr. Eddie Dorman, an opportunity to enjoy married life. Jonathan has just released his first major bestseller, and he hopes to finally escape his traumatic past and find the quiet existence he has always craved. Eddie has taken a job at the Kansas State University psychology department, and they intend to begin anew.
They have barely settled in when the nightmare begins. Noises, disembodied voices, and mysterious apparitions make Jonathan’s life hell. Part of the house has decided to bare its teeth, show its jagged edges, and bring back the worst of Jonathan’s past. At first, Eddie cannot perceive the spectral events and fears for his husband’s sanity. When he’s also affected by the haunting, he’s unsure of what to do but refuses to be beaten.
Together, they seek a way to fight the forces trying to tear them apart. The world is a frightening place, but confronting their fears plunges Jonathan and Eddie into absolute horror.
First, let me say this. Do NOT let the fact that this is technically a book 2 dissuade you in any way. The only thing truly linking these novels is the ghost story theme. I have not read book 1, though it is on my to read list, and there was never a point in which I felt I was missing anything. That being said; I encourage you to read The Haunting of Timber Manor, because Feeley is an incredible story teller.
There are two stories in Objects. First is the story of two young gay men trying to make their way in the world. They are living their dream, recently married, moving into a house of their own in middle America, working their dream jobs (one, Jonathan, a recently published and successful author, the other, Eddie, a tenure tracked professor of psychology at the local University). They make some good friends, namely their friendly and accepting neighbor and the owner of a local antique shop. They have everything in front of them. Unfortunately for Jonathan, the author and the main character, there is also much pain that he can still see in “the rearview mirror”.
The second story deals with a family that was torn apart by illness, indifference, violence, and finally intolerance. A family that never had a chance to find their way back to each other. This family is introduced to us first in the powerful prologue, which sets up much of the action and intrigue for the latter part of the book.
As Jonathan and Eddie are building their life together, Jonathan is slowly falling apart. Between the horrors of his past and the mysterious occurrences of the present, even a loving a supportive spouse, such as Eddie, starts to question his husband’s sanity. From the beginning, you know these two are deeply in love and unerringly devoted to each other. However, when things start happening that no logic can explain, Eddie has to wonder. You see that questioning tearing him up. You see his inability to make everything for his husband better destroying his own sense of wellbeing. They are two halves of a whole and can not function without the other.
At its core, Objects in the Rearview Mirror is a compelling story of the powers of love and devotion countered with the destructive powers hate, anger, and rage. It is told in a thrilling and face paced manner that kept me turning the pages well into the night on a number of occasions. The pain that could be felt from Jonathan, Eddie, and Alan is palpable in each intense scene. I see great things coming from Feeley in the future.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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