Book Review | The Skull Ring by Scott Nicholson
Title: The Skull Ring
Author: Scott Nicholson
Julia Stone will remember, even if it kills her.
Dr. Pamela Forrest is determined to bring Julia’s memories to the surface, hoping to heal Julia’s panic disorder. The therapist keeps returning Julia to a night twenty-three years ago when Julia was four. A night of hooded figures, strange chants, pain, and blood. The night her father disappeared from the face of the earth.
Julia rebuilds the past a piece at a time during the mind-wrenching therapy sessions. But the line between the past and the present begins to blur. Julia finds a silver skull ring that bears the name “Judas Stone.” The same ring had been worn by one of the hooded figures who scarred her both mentally and physically on that long-ago night.
Someone is leaving strange messages inside her house, even though the door is locked. The religious handyman, who has a key, spends a lot of time in the woods behind her house. Her boyfriend Mitchell becomes distant and violent. And the cop who investigated her father’s disappearance has followed her to the small Appalachian town of Elkwood.
Now she has a head full of memories, but she doesn’t know which are real and which are the creations of Dr. Forrest. The shadows of Julia’s panic are growing larger and darker. But succumbing to madness seems safer than heeding the whispers of the master who claims ownership of her body and soul.
This is a gripping page turner. I was able to figure out what was going on halfway through the novel but it was still extremely entertaining. Nicholson is a literary genius with his richly drawn characters and terrifying storyline. I love Julia and really feel for her in this novel. The plot lines grabbed at my heart and mind from the very beginning. There are colorful characters that make me want to strangle their throats while others I want to hug. This is one of the few suspense novels that make me look over my shoulder while reading it; I was so drawn in. This is a novel for any thriller lovers and there is even a little romance thrown in. I am looking forward to reading more by this brilliant author.
About the author:
Scott Nicholson is the author of seven novels, including They Hunger and The Red Church. He’s also written the story collections Ashes, Flowers, and The First, as well as the comic series Dirt and five screenplays. He lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Check out Scott Nicholson on the website www.hauntedcomputer.com.
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. No monetary compensation was involved.