Cody isn’t like other little boys…he sees things he shouldn’t. Vivian Carmichael has been hiding in the San Bernardino Mountains for more than a year now. Far from cell towers and video cameras, she's finally found a safe place to raise her four-year old son Cody. Until the night he crawls into bed and whispers two words that fill her with terror. “Daddy's home.” Now running for her life, she's horrified to learn that her estranged husband Jarod is not quite human anymore. Can she unravel the mystery of her family's dark secret before he can steal her son, claiming her as his next victim?
The Portal is a very fast paced, action packed story. From the very first page the action starts and it doesn't stop until the book ends.
Vivian and her son Cody have been in hiding for a year when he climbs into bed and whispers the words Vivian fears the most, "Daddy's home". Vivian is now fighting for her and Cody's lives when she finds out she may be in over her head. Jarrod, her ex, isn't quite human anymore and Cody isn't quite himself. What is going on? She needs to figure it all out before it's too late for everyone.
It was a very easy read. I got through it fairly quickly. Poe knows how to bring you into the story from the page one. The only problem with this is that there is barely any back story and a lot of questions go unanswered through the book. I still don't know why certain things happened. The characters weren't as developed as I would like, either. The other world, though, is very well imagined. The creepiest parts of the book for me was when Cody went into his trances and when they entered Cody Town.
I do feel that Poe tried to put so much paranormal into the story in such a short amount of time that it felt jumbled at times. He had villains, monsters, possession, an imaginary world, lots of bumps in the road and still tried to keep the love story of a mother and son in tact. It was a bit much for this book.
This doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the book. I did. I got sucked into it and had a hard time putting it down. There was plot twist after plot twist and it really was fun to read. I think with a better editor and some more back story it would have been a great book. Instead it was just good.
If you like fast paced paranormal thrillers go ahead and check it out.
3 out of 5 stars.
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