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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Intelligent, highly imaginative, and gripping, The Secret Resort Of Nostalgia by Sahlan Diver is one of those novels that will appeal to fans of mystery crafted with a good dose of suspense. Twenty-two-year-old Mike Denning has just graduated from England and has landed a great job at the perfect location, a remote island off the coast of Ireland. The weather is perfect, as are his pay and everything, including the wonderful views. Plus he has a boss who is beautiful and young and free. But there is a sinister eeriness about the place that gives Mike the creeps. He can’t understand why half of the island is fenced off. The town’s only connection with the outside world is through the use of an old telegraph. As Mike begins to check out the oddities of this beautiful place, he notices that he is being watched. But it is just the beginning of an unending nightmare. Can he get off this cursed island?
Sahlan Diver grabs the attention of the reader from the very beginning and sustains it until the very last page of this gripping story. The reader feels suspended on a thread, hanging between dream and waking, absorbed by the creepiness of the story. I noticed the strong sense of mystery from the very beginning as the author describes an unusual journey, and this quickly transforms into a psychological conflict that runs through the narrative. The Secret Resort Of Nostalgia features great writing and the author knows how to make the reader feel a part of the setting, thanks to his excellent prose and his ability to paint vivid images in the reader’s mind. I enjoyed the compelling cast of characters, the well-imagined and masterfully constructed plot, and the awesome handling of conflict. This book is a great read.