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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Dreaming In The Pit is a work of epic urban fantasy centering on dark themes and chilling chases, and was penned by author Everett Lloyd Deane. Written for adults due to explicit sexual content, language, and violence, this is a saga told through the guise of three women with interconnected lives. Sienna takes center stage as their connection, suffering at the hands of the public high school system, a lover who’s already married, and an empty building that she can’t seem to get the hang of. Accompanied by her quirky landlord Karima and best friend Troy, what begins as a simple tale of modern life quickly develops into a chilling mystery with shadowy figures that take on a paranormal twist.
The sweeping settings and sudden flashes of this highly cinematic novel make it feel like you’re reading the thought processes of Quentin Tarantino, more so than a work of literature. It’s a quirky style, but author Everett Lloyd Deane certainly hooked me in from the opening moments with Karima and the rabbi. Tense use of dialogue and simple stage direction styled descriptions keep the pace going as characters interact, and the length of the novel itself is relieved somewhat by this sharp approach to fiction. What results is a surprisingly fast-paced mystery filled with personal details and intrigue, and when the shadowy fantasy elements of the plot kick in, it only gets better and better. Overall, Dreaming In The Pit is an innovative take on action, urban drama and the concept of destiny, not to be missed.