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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Blackened Threshold is an apocalyptic satire by David Ben Efraim. Set in the small rural town of Hollow Crest, the story follows three friends, Jeremiah Baxter (Jerry), Naomi Wolfe, and Roger Silver, as they find themselves trying to stop a mysterious evil from swallowing up the entire town. After getting their hands on a nefarious painting, the three friends, especially Roger, become convinced that something sinister is going on, bringing out the worst in the people of Hollow Crest. With the inhabitants becoming increasingly violent, leading to a series of murders, Jerry and Naomi think it's best to bury the painting. Meanwhile, Roger embarks on his own quest, seeking to solve the mystery. As Hollow Crest is on the verge of death and destruction, isolated from the outer world, will the three friends find a way to save their beloved town?
A surreal, wicked, and hilarious take on the apocalyptic genre, The Blackened Threshold is well worth the read. David Ben Efraim tells the story of three friends trapped amid the gradual destruction of everything they had ever known and forced to assume the mantle of being saviors because the others are even more useless. Funny, clever, and full of quick-witted dialogue, the narrative is an absolute blast to go through. The characters are quirky and colorful, with distinct traits to their personalities that pop out of the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic between Jerry, Naomi, and Roger and found some of the scenes involving Roger rip-roaringly hilarious. Highly recommended.