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Book Review: The Rain Song by Janice Grove

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There are people on this earth that can only be described as good human beings. A far better word would be God-like people such as Angela and Nick Remington and their children. All of their “offspring” have been adopted — some permanently — some on an emergency basis for children in crisis. These crisis children must be removed from home situations that are so horrific that human decency and child safety demands it.

In The Rain Song, Dr. Jackson Mitchell arrived at Angela and Nick’s home with a young boy who was beyond scared; he was so terrified he refused to leave the back seat of Dr. Jack’s car and would not speak. The boy’s name was Micah. In the space of one day, “he had been taken to a hospital, chased, threatened, smuggled out …” by Jack and authorities and brought to the Remington home. Making no demands on the boy to come inside, Jack, Angela and Nick waited patiently.

At last, almost ghostlike, Micah enters. Deliberately, the three adults pay him only casual attention. David, a permanently adopted son, had been listening to Dr. Jack and his parents, chit-chatting about everything, anything, and nothing at all. While lying awake in his bed, David sensed his “parents” were deliberately waiting out young Micah’s arrival at their door.

Having gone through a terrible experience in his own past, Young David takes Micah under his wing. Although Micah refuses to talk, David openly speaks to him saying that at this home, he will be safe, he will be glad to be here, he will be protected by David’s family in general — by David in particular. Sensing Micah’s fear to leave his presence, David makes room on the living room couch where he helps Micah lie down facing inward while Dave curls his own body protectively around him.

Ever so slowly through David, Micah begins to adjust to Angela, Nick, and their other adopted children. They discover that Micah has enormous burn scars over many parts of his body. They make arrangements for the youth to seek both immediate and long term treatment for the ugly scar tissue.

But halfway through the story, during what seems like an innocent plot to help a young boy with a damaged psyche recover, strange changes abruptly take place. Within a page or two, author Grove's tale takes on a macabre, paranormal tone. Although dearly loved by the Remingtons, particularly by their son David whose brother had died the previous year, the reader soon learns that two opposing forces are vying for young Micah — two supernatural forces. The Remingtons uncover that Micah had been deliberately burned because he was thought to be the offspring of a malevolent demon force.

Now, Micah, the offspring of a father who was part human and part demon angel, is considered by many as an abomination — better off destroyed than left alive on the earth. Micah senses this determination, and because he has sensed the overwhelming love shown him by David and his family, he wants nothing more than for them to remain safe. The Remingtons are convinced they have the power to remain safe and capable of protecting this youngster with other-world genetic traits.

Can this family in fact shield themselves and still love and keep Micah, or is he another evil of the Damien type movie lore? This answer I will leave to the reader of The Rain Song. While this story will grab a reader’s interest, he or she may be disappointed to reach the end of the book so quickly, only to find that while some resolution begins to take place, the tale “Is to be continued in Going to California.”

For readers who enjoy stories with an odd twist, The Rain Song could be your story. It was truly a surprise — more of a shock — to find paranormal ties between characters who initially appeared so human. It seems that the entire ordeal with the supernatural needs continuity to ground the book in reality and make it more believable and less bizarre. The book is not long. It would be great if the promised Going to California could be part of The Rain Song because, like me, some readers will be waiting for a more thorough resolution to this intriguing tale.

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