Bandun Gate

Fiction - Supernatural
219 Pages
Reviewed on 07/17/2022
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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite

The story that Miriam Van Scott tells in Bandun Gate begins on the day when Miriam and her daughter Abigail (Abby) decide to visit a place called Bandun Gate, despite a warning to stay away. Shortly after the visit, Abby starts acting strangely. This is when Miriam discovers that the person she believes to be Abby is no longer her daughter but is Rylah, an evil spirit who needs Abby's body to return to the living. The real Abby is safe for now, but she has a headache, and things can get worse if her mother does not find a way to get rid of Rylah. Will Miriam be able to save her daughter?

Bandun Gate is one of the best books about evil spirits that I have ever read. Miriam Van Scott based this novel on real events that when told as a story are exciting from cover to cover. I followed the research that Miriam conducted in an attempt to save her daughter with great enthusiasm. I accompanied her eagerly when she went to talk to Mike (the husband of a woman who died at Bandun Gate) and when she went through her Vermicular File for insights into the way to stop Rylah. The characterization of Rylah is extraordinary as you feel her spirit beside you. I was thrilled by this tale and recommend it to all those who love to read about evil spirits and who enjoy supernatural events. This book has all the ingredients to fascinate them.

Delene Vrey

Charleston. Ghost territory and home to the Gullah. In a city rife with supernatural phenomena and home to Miriam van Scott, she should not be surprised when a haint threatens her daughter’s life – an evil spirit that hitched a ride from the Bandun Gate, a place they were warned not to visit. When Miriam realizes that something is pretending to be her lovely 20-year-old daughter, she is reminded of words spoken to her before Abby’s birth. Miriam was writing a book about Hell at the time and was doing research into devils and spirits when she was warned to be wary of what she was getting involved with. As she fights a battle of wits with the spirit, she uncovers the dead woman’s past and her previous victims. Miriam also discovers a way of putting her back where she belongs – in Hell. To do this, she has to revisit some of her research that still gives her nightmares. It is true that once you have made yourself open to evil, it is much easier for it to find and use you. Faced with this raw evil in her home, Miriam has to stay sober and alert and find a way to appease the spirit. Will she succeed in saving her daughter? What toll will this take on her mental and spiritual health? Bandun Gate by Miriam van Scott is an intense work of fiction created by combining fact and fiction to write a dark horror novel.

Bandun Gate by Miriam van Scott is written in the first person, which gives the feeling of being there and seeing what is happening from the narrator’s point of view. Ms. Van Scott has a treasure trove full of information and knowledge that she has gained in her years as a journalist. Bandun Gate reminds me of The Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz, and the tension is built in such small increments that you do not realize you are tense until something scary happens. This is an excellent example of the horror genre and is also believable due to the intensive research and setting of the book in Charleston. This area is well known for its supernatural element. I was scared and glad the book was not longer. It is an engaging read from start to finish, really scary.