Welcome to my stop on The Revelation Room, by Mark Tilbury, blog tour!
I had read a Mark Tilbury novel before (I LOVED The Abattoir of Dreams, you can check out my review for that one here) so I knew that this author was capable of writing a novel that would be fantastically written and chilling to the bone, a novel that would sit with you long after you have turned the final page. I am pleased to say, The Revelation Room did just that!
The first novel in a new series of psychological mystery thrillers! Part thriller and part twist on the police procedural novel, The Revelation Room provided a dark, fast paced, tension filled plot fueled with the inner-workings of a cult, completely messed up characters (like, seriously messed up) and dynamic prose to create one stellar, unputdownable read. I devoured this in a sitting.
When Ben’s father (Geoff), a private investigator, is the captured by a cult leader, he calls his son Ben, for help. Clumsy and unsure, Ben is the complete opposite of his father, but he will stop at nothing to help him. Retracing the last steps of his father, he is left with no other choice but to allow himself to be lured into the cult and to join himself to liberate his father from the inside. What starts as a rescue mission slowly becomes more like a suicide mission as Edward Ebb, the psychopath and egocentric leader of the cult, starts to show his true colours. Can Ben rescue his father and the girl and escape with his life? And what is the gruesome secret concealed in the Revelation Room?
From the opening pages, the action begins and does not stop for the entirety of the book. I have always been fascinated by cults, their mindsets and their dynamic leaders; Tilbury does an amazing job at taking The Sons and Daughters of Salvation and making it eerily realistic. The reader is privy to their beliefs, their bizarre behaviour and the amount of danger Ben is in as he moves into the cult’s commune. Some of their behaviour (well, really, all of their behaviour) is completely horrifying. Narrated in part by Ben (and his helpful partner/life long friend, Maddie), we also get chapters narrated by the cult’s leader, Edward Ebb where he gives his own backstory and twisted beliefs. His chapters were creepy!
Narrated in part by Ben (and his helpful partner/life long friend, Maddie), we also get chapters narrated by the cult’s leader, Edward Ebb where he gives his own backstory and twisted beliefs. His chapters were creepy! We are also introduced to a whole plethora of secondary characters who are helping to lead or trapped in the web of the cult. However, Tilbury did an amazing job at making each character dynamic and original. There is no fear of being confused while reading this book.
A quick read with a stellar storyline had me reading this one late into the night.
I would recommend it to anyone who likes a darker type of narrative!
Thanks to Bloodhound Books and the author, Mark Tilbury, for a digital copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review!
Be sure to check out all the other stops on The Revelation Room blog tour!