This story opens in a graveyard. The members of the Paranormal Posse are giving a tour of a local cemetery in El Paso, Texas. Almost immediately, as it must have been meant to do, this scene sent shivers down my spine. Maybe because it sent shivers down the spine of the main character!
Amador Lockdown tells the story of a group of friends who have one thing in common: their deep and enduring interest in the paranormal. This is a quick read, and the author will keep you guessing to the end what the outcome will be.
Maybe I’m a little biased here because I’m a writer, but one of the things I liked best about this book is the writing itself. This author is an incredible story teller, and she really loves what she’s doing. She “cuts to the chase” in her descriptions, drawing whole pictures for you in sparse descriptions. Here’s an example:
“El Paso always ranked as one of the top three safest metropolitan cities, so leaving the front door open wasn’t unheard of in some parts of the city. Hector stuck his head out of his bedroom door and called out, ‘Just a minute!’”
This is something I never knew about El Paso, but if you’re over the age of 40, you remember what it was like to be able to leave your doors unlocked and not have to worry about being bothered by anyone. This is in contrast to the rest of the book where there is something creepy and mysterious that is disturbing the Amador Hotel, and the Paranormal Posse is trying to discover what it is and then get rid of it.
Is it paranormal? You’ll have to wait and see. You’ll want to follow along as the Paranormal Posse uncovers the clues as they interview the witnesses to various events where our “spirit” makes his presence known.
There is just so much to recommend this book. As I mentioned before, the writing is incredible. This is an author who really knows her craft, and she uses it to deadly effect to craft a story you won’t want to put down.
Then there’s the story itself. It’s engaging, with interesting characters who could be your next door neighbor. Although unfortunately our neighbors are usually boring, in this case, these are people you not only want to get to know, but you will come to care about them. You want to know what happens next, and you won’t quit reading this book until you get to the end.
Whether you enjoy a good mystery on your phone, or you just want to be a little scared, this book will do it for you. Definitely worth the trip.