Monday, July 05, 2010

CFBA: Nightmare by Robin Parrish

Song Stuck on the Brain: Love is Like a Butterfly by Dolly Parton.
Love Dolly. Watched her 25th Anniversary show for Dollywood and couldn't help but think of this song. Between her and Kenny Rogers, my musical senses were formed at a VERY early age. I was going to marry Kenny at the age of 4...

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:

Bethany House (July 1, 2010)

Robin Parrish


Hmmm, what can I say other than that the title is very appropriate. This one was a whole lot more than I bargained for. At a little over a third of the book, I had to stop. I was just to freaked out. I expected more of a suspense style and got more horror. Not my thing at all.

However, Robin's writing style is fantastic. You feel every moment and it's hard to put down. I had a hard time stopping, despite being freaked out beyond belief.

If this is a genre you enjoy, then I don't think you'll be disappointed. His writing is amazing, even if I don't appreciate the story topic. Not even Frank Peretti scared me like this.

With that said, I'll leave it to your own judgement. Not having completed the book and considering how creeped out it left me, I can't personally say I recommend it. However, if you do read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts. For once, I wish someone would just tell me how it all turns out... without having to read the book.


The Nightmare is Coming...

Ghost Town is the hottest amusement park in the country, offering state-of-the-art chills and thrills involving the paranormal. The park's main ride is a haunted house that promises an encounter with a real ghost.

When Maia Peters visits during her senior year of college, she's not expecting to be impressed. Maia grew up as the only child of a pair of world-renowned "ghost hunters," so the paranormal is nothing new and to her most of the park is just Hollywood special effects. In fact, the ride feels pretty boring until the very end. There, a face appears from the mist. The face of Jordin Cole, a girl Maia knows who disappeared from campus a few months ago.

Convinced what she saw wasn't a hoax and desperate to find answers to Jordin's disappearance, Maia launches into a quest for answers. Joined by Jordin's boyfriend--a pastor's kid with very different ideas about paranormal and the spirit realm--Maia finds herself in a struggle against dangerous forces she never expected to confront on the edge of the spirit realm that try to keep the truth from emerging.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Nightmare, go HERE.


Robin Parrish is a journalist who's written about the intersection of faith and pop culture for more than a decade. Currently he serves as Senior Editor at, a community portal that fuses social networking with magazine-style features about entertainment and culture.

He had two great ambitions in his life: to have a family, and to be a published novelist. In March of 2005, he proposed to his future wife the same week he signed his first book contract with Bethany House Publishers. They contracted him for the rights to The Dominion Trilogy: Relentless (2006), Fearless (2007), and Merciless (2008). His science fiction thriller, Offworld came out in 2009. This summer debuts Nightmare, and he's working on another for 2011. Robin and his wife and children live in North Carolina.

1 comment:

Nicole said...

April, I tried not to spill the beans, but you might gain a little peace from reading my review. It turned out well, and I think Robin gave credit where credit is truly do in the end, but . . .