The Tegen Cave

Fiction - Horror
279 Pages
Reviewed on 09/29/2016
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The Tegen Cave by Inge-Lise Goss is an amazing horror fiction that made me sweat and that is not easy, I can tell you. Sara Jones, the protagonist of the story, knows that her life will not be the same. She ran away from her boyfriend and his crime family and started a new life in a new place. She even has a new boyfriend and her life is finally picking up. Things go downhill quickly when she receives a mysterious package. Inside the package is a spider. Despite being confused, she knows that somehow she and her family are compromised.

Now people around her are dying of mysterious poisonous spider bites. What is even more mysterious is the fact that these spiders and their poison have no effect on her. She is immune to them. And now that she is 25 years old, something about her past and her heritage is coming forward. Can she trust anyone in this world? With everything happening around her, can she keep herself and her family safe?

This novel has romance, action, drama and a lot of thrills for readers who love horror novels. You can actually feel your skin crawl when you read scenes about spiders. I loved Sara; she is relatable and she is strong. She is a level-headed character and very deep. Even with so many things happening in her life all at once, she was resilient and this is the reason why I loved her. This is definitely one of the best novels I have read this year. It was wonderful and truly well written.

Melinda Hills

Sara Jones thinks she is running away from a bad situation but, in fact, has no idea that something even more bizarre lies ahead. The Tegen Cave by Inge-Lise Goss chronicles Sara’s flight from the clutches of a crime family, involved in drugs, sex trafficking and murder, which takes her to a small city in Montana where she encounters a group of people who seem to worship spiders. As people around her die from poisonous spider bites, Sara can’t understand how she seems to be immune – except for an odd side effect involving uncontrollable sexual urges. Not sure whether to trust her new friends or go back to her boyfriend whose family wants her dead, Sara struggles with her choices as more details about both sides emerge. These facts, along with some strange abilities she is developing, move Sara to a particular decision she hopes will be the right one.

Unique and full of suspense, The Tegen Cave offers plenty to keep you interested. Inge-Lise Goss has created a new ‘race’ of individuals with unusual attributes, but maintains the mystery of whether or not they are the ‘good guys’ against the obvious bad drug dealers and pornographers. A little slow to start, the action picks up as a variety of people are found dead from spider bites. The police, Sara’s new friends, and the crime family all want to keep her in sight because she is the key to the mystery. Sara’s efforts to do what she feels is right may be a bit naïve, but the plot is full of twists and the characters are interesting. This is a great read to take your mind off of other things for a while as you brush yourself down at every slight touch!