The Society

Elizabeth Grant Thrillers Book 1

Fiction - Thriller - Conspiracy
444 Pages
Reviewed on 09/24/2020
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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

The plans of a white supremacist group to re-establish segregation and slavery in the United States are jeopardized by the ghost of a young woman and her psychic friend in the electrifying thriller, The Society (Elizabeth Grant Thrillers Book 1) by C.G. Abbot. Seven years ago, Elizabeth's best friend Loralie vanished from the small Mississippi town where they grew up. From the moment Loralie disappeared, Elizabeth began experiencing shocking and horrifying recurring dreams and visions of Loralie's last moments. Decisively setting aside her issues, Elizabeth returns to her family home to house-sit for her grandmother while she travels. When a mysterious woman knocks on her door in the middle of the night and tells her that Loralie is concerned for her safety and warns Elizabeth that she is in danger, Elizabeth is perplexed and a little frightened. Before leaving, the stranger encourages Elizabeth to embrace her psychic gifts, and that they can help her escape the evil coming in her future. Why would anyone want to harm her? Does it have something to do with Loralie's death?

Heart-stopping danger and excitement are the keynotes of the riveting thriller The Society by C.G. Abbot. With an action-packed plot, gripping scenes, and engaging characters, the spellbinding story is brimming with conflict, menace, and mystical elements. All of the characters are compelling and genuine, and the distinction between their personalities is perfectly balanced. The contrast between good and evil, overconfidence and uncertainty, respect and arrogance, gives the characters dimension and the storyline clarity. The drama, suspense, sinister antagonists, and fast-paced action create a fabulous novel that promises to delight those who relish thrillers laced with conspiracy. The reader should be aware that some explicit language and violence are sprinkled throughout the story. It is the first novel in the series, and the epilogue sets up the following book beautifully. Superbly written, it is an excellent beginning for a series, and I am eagerly anticipating the sequel.

K.C. Finn

The Society is a work of fiction in the thriller, action, and mystery sub-genres, and was penned by author C.G. Abbot. The first book in the Elizabeth Grant Thrillers series, the work contains some moderate use of explicit language and very little violent content, so it is suitable for most reading audiences. Our central protagonist returns to Mississippi to housesit as a favor, but being back home brings old nightmares to the surface. Combined with the secrets emerging from a mysterious disappearance, Elizabeth finds her past and present colliding and must face them both under the most unusual and unexpected circumstances. What results is a thoroughly enjoyable and unusual thriller read.

Author C.G. Abbot has crafted a highly engaging and immersive thriller that begins like any other but quickly takes the formula to new heights with its inventiveness and imagination. One of the things which I really enjoyed about the book was the protagonist’s close personal connection to the town and its inhabitants, which give us plenty of opportunities to bond with Elizabeth, as well as get up-close information about the case. The missing childhood friend Loralie was a surprising central figure to the work in many ways, and I loved the realistic yet super unusual presentation of her connection with Elizabeth. I felt that the plot was tied together well with good thought given to realism and pacing around the more unique elements. Overall, I would certainly recommend The Society for fans of chilling small-town mysteries with much more to offer than at first glance.