Saturday, 28 June 2014

The Purgatorium- Eva Pohler

I was sent a copy of this book for review by Goodreads.

"Seventeen year-old Daphne Janus is floored when her parents agree to let her accompany her best friend to a getaway resort on an island off the coast of California. She doesn't know her parents have sent her to the Purgatorium as a last-ditch effort to save their child.

Her best friend and life-long neighbor takes her to a mostly uninhabited island with a wildlife preserve on one side and Chumash Indian ruins on the “haunted” side. The resort might be beautiful, the beach pristine, and the views from the headland amazing, but strange things begin to happen that soon have Daphne running for her life. At first she finds the therapeutic games thrilling: the ghosts that visit her room, the dropping elevator, and the kayak incident are actually kind of fun once she recovers from them. But when her horse bucks her off during a trail ride and she becomes lost on the haunted side of the island, it’s not fun anymore, and she wonders if her parents have sent her there to help her or to punish her."

Although not initially sure what to expect from this one it was a real page turner. 

Daphne goes to a paradise island type resort with her best friend after a very stressful time.They swim in a beautiful pool with a glass bottom where they can watch the sea creatures. She finds once she is there that they are providing a therapy service for her to face her fears. She gets stuck in an elevator and inside a cave when the tide comes in. Are these part of the therapy or just accidents? Then on a pony trekking expedition she is thrown off her horse and becomes scared that she does not know who she can trust. She tries to flee- but are the people she meets part of the therapy or do they belong to the more tourist side of the island. If she can reach that side of the island will she be able to catch a boat to safety.

I loved the suspense during the book - and wondering what was going to happen to her next.
This is the first part of a series and I am already keen to read the next book in the series.

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