I selected The Occupied by Craig Parshall because I love thrillers, and I especially love Christian thrillers. The premise of this book (which appears to be the first in a series) looked especially exciting and intriguing. The book description reads:
"From New York Times bestselling author Craig Parshall comes a riveting story of supernatural suspense.
As a youth, Trevor Black unleashed spiritual forces he couldn’t comprehend. Years later, Trevor is a high-flying criminal defense lawyer in New York City, with a six-figure Aston Martin and a trophy wife. But in an extraordinary turn of events, he receives a burdensome gift: the ability to perceive the invisible. And the dark forces he now sees are all gunning for him.
When one of Trevor’s hometown friends is murdered, the MO is eerily similar to a shocking trail of murders that have already crossed the lawyer’s path. So Trevor must return home to find the killer. . . and face not only his own personal demons, but supernatural ones as well."
I really enjoyed The Occupied. It reminded me of the Christian version of a Dean Koontz novel (whose work I also love). The book is divided into three distinct parts, but they are all interwoven smoothly and overall the plot is very easy to follow. I had trouble getting into it at first, but once it got to the part where Trevor's wife is killed, it really picked up and I had trouble putting it down from there. I enjoyed the fast-paced writing style. This is definitely an easy read, and I'd recommend it for older teens on up. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good supernatural thriller.
I received a copy of this book from the Tyndale Blog Network in order to provide an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.