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Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
Of Darkness Born by A.E. Hellstorm takes us back to 1973, the year that Henry Wittinger turns 21. He has a great deal to celebrate about his life. He's graduated with honors from university, become the youngest ever field researcher and will be joining the FBI as an assistant in Pathology. A few days into that, an investigation challenges everything Henry thought he knew about the world. Henry is thrown into the deep end and forced to take on a role he isn't prepared for yet.
Thrillers and horror stories are tough genres for me. I tend to be very picky about them but I have to say that author A.E. Hellstorm has really hit the spot for me in this case. The idea of a coming of age story that is also in a horror setting really seems to make it something fresh and different. Henry is an interesting character, he really is a man that has gone far in just 21 years of life. Honestly, I can't imagine doing half of the things he has done. Now the book itself is the kind of read that really draws you in and you don't want to put it down. As a reader, I am pretty good at seeing twists and turns coming in plots, but with this one I didn't; from the moment the team is torn apart onwards.
If you are looking for a thriller that really does keep you guessing and has characters that are rich and full of layers, this book is going to be the one for you. I don't want to give any of the mystery away, but Of Darkness Born is a 'keep you guessing' and 'edge of your seat' book, perfect for a fall read when curled up in a book nook.