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Reviewed by Charles Remington for Readers' Favorite
Zoe stands on the parapet of a bridge, preparing to jump. The opening of The Inbetween by H.K. Thompson takes us immediately into the heart of the action. Zoe has lost her beloved husband days after their wedding and, feeling that she can’t go on, is determined to take her own life. Here the narrative skips to Drake and Lexi, who inhabit a fantastic world where they are able to manifest whatever they want or need by the power of their thoughts. Very soon they are joined by Zoe, who awakens in their world in what seems to her to be a strange dream. It becomes clear, however, that the place the three now inhabit is an 'inbetween' world; a place between life and death, a place of revelation, and a place where life issues must finally be resolved.
Through a series of exotic and symbolic adventures with many twists, turns and surprising, frequently shocking revelations, Zoe, Lexi and Drake make their way through a strange, sometimes beautiful, sometimes terrifying landscape. Here they will meet dragons, unicorns, and other inhabitants who are not always who they appear to be. They will discover strange truths and secrets about themselves and the world that they are travelling through, all of which they must resolve, and prepare for the final battle - the battle that will decide their fates, a battle for life or death.
The Inbetween presents us with a strange allegorical landscape, an Alice in Wonderland world where anything is possible and each sentence, scene and setting may have a hidden meaning. H.K. Thompson has created a narrative full of symbolism, a tale of love and loss, of torment and redemption. From the time that Dante first journeyed the paths of Purgatorio, the concept of a world between heaven and hell has inspired and fascinated fertile minds. The Inbetween, a well-written tale by a competent author, is a worthy addition to the discussion. A thought-provoking book and highly recommended.