Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Book Review: Ravenhill Court by David Beshears

Ravenhill Court
By David Bashears
Publisher: Greybeard Publishing
Published: Jan. 9, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

Present day...

A man returns to a long-abandoned neighborhood. Doors stand ajar, shutters hang open, lawns and landscaping are unkempt. The man sits on the curb and opens a leather-bound journal. Through the journal, he recalls the events that took place in Ravenhill decades earlier. 

Journey back to 1964…

The man is just a boy. He and his friends find that their neighborhood, a cul-de-sac set into the foothills along the California coast, is not all that it appears. There are strange happenings; some amazing, some terrifying, and all pointing to the fact that this little community of families might just be something other than what the rest of the world perceives it to be. 

Thirteen year-old Ben Foster, along with his friends Peter and Louis, and his older sister Julie, set out to find the secret behind the peculiar events that the outside world doesn’t see and that those living in the neighborhood either choose to ignore or are conspiring to keep hidden. 

Young Peter will set the tales down in his journal, which years later a grown Ben Foster will clasp to as the last surviving corroboration of their adventures and of their astonishing discovery. 

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My Thoughts:

Strange things were happening in the neighborhood of Ravenhill Court in 1964. Whether the adult residents of the time didn’t notice or were trying to keep it hidden the children didn’t know but Ben Foster, his older sister Julie and his friends Louis and Peter were determined to figure out what was going on.

The story moves back and forth from the present day when Ben Foster has returned to Ravenhill Court to find it completely abandoned. He has with him Peter’s journal of the time when they were searching out the peculiar events in their teenage years. He reads the journal and reflects on what happened.

There is only one adult they can talk to about the strange things they are experiencing in the neighborhood – Professor LaMothe and even he won’t tell them much. He does however give them some clues which they set off to follow in the forested area behind the houses.

The twists and turns in the novel bring the story to an unusual conclusion which I found quite unexpected and unique. It’s kind of like looking at the mirror from the back. I quite liked it for its creativity.

The novel moved along at a good pace and though it was about teenagers, it isn’t necessarily just for teenagers. I think Ravenhill Court would be suitable for teens to adults. It’s the mystery of the story here that intrigues, the age of the characters aren’t as important.

I gave Ravenhill Court 4 stars out of 5 and would recommend it to lovers of science fiction, fantasy and mystery.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:
Award-winning screenwriter and author of science fiction, fantasy and adventure.

David’s work has been praised by literary professors and by PhDs in science, by fans and by book reviewers around the world.

His miniseries screenplay adaptation of his popular novel “The Shylmahn Migration” won the Pacific Northwest Screenwriting Competition in 2007.

David lives in Washington State with his wife Sylvia. When not writing, he can ofte be found on any one of a dozen northwest mountains.

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