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{Review} Orphans of Wonderland by Greg Gifune

Orphans of Wonderland by Greg F. Gifune
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2015-03-03
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Thriller
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
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Pray it’s only paranoia.Twenty years ago, journalist Joel Walker wrote a book about a ritual killing. It exploded into a bestseller and became part of the mass Satanic hysteria of the 1980s. However, his story and the evil he investigated were real and left him the victim of a nervous breakdown. For the last two decades, his has been a quiet existence far from his former home in Massachusetts. But when one of his childhood friends is brutally murdered and rumored to have been involved in bizarre medical experiments, Joel is lured back to find out what really happened.Joel must delve deep into the darkness once more, investigating all the way back to his own childhood, and the secrets he and his old friends buried there years ago. But where do paranoia and madness end and real evil begin? With the Orphans of Wonderland.

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This book was excellent, as I’ve come to expect from Greg Gifune.

Joel, a journalist with a dubious mental health history, is approached by the daughter of his old friend, Lonnie. Lonnie was murdered and his daughter convinces Joel to investigate.  Joel agrees and the reader is taken on a journey deep into government secrets, hidden experiments, child abuse, demons and insanity. Is it all in Joel’s head or is it real? You will have to read this book to find out!

As always, Gifune’s prose is streamlined to create an atmosphere of creeping unease and tension. He masterfully weaved this tale so that the reader is often unsure if what is happening is real or not. By the end of the tale, we know. It’s sad, it’s awful, and it’s all TOO real. This tale does revisit themes that Gifune has often visited in the past with much success. In my opinion, he was successful this time as well.

A gripping, horrific tale with psychological aspects, Greg Gifune reels the reader in until he has a tight grip on them, and then he stomps all over their feelings and perceptions until all that remains is a shaky bundle of nerves. I highly recommend this story to lovers of psychological horror.

*I received a free eARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This is it.*



About Greg F. Gifune

Called “One of the best writers of his generation” by both the Roswell Literary Review and author Brian Keene, GREG F. GIFUNE is the author of numerous short stories, several novels, screenplays and two short story collections (HERETICS and DOWN TO SLEEP). His work has been published all over the world, consistently praised by readers and critics alike, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and The Midwest Book Review (among others) and has recently garnered interest from Hollywood. His novels include CHILDREN OF CHAOS, DOMINION, THE BLEEDING SEASON, DEEP NIGHT, BLOOD IN ELECTRIC BLUE, SAYING UNCLE, A VIEW FROM THE LAKE, NIGHT WORK, DRAGO DESCENDING, CATCHING HELL, JUDAS GOAT and LONG AFTER DARK. Greg resides in Massachusetts with his wife Carol and a bevy of cats.
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