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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
True Curse: Disvnitvs, by WF Rast, is a suspenseful paranormal drama with Christian themes that can be dark, evocative, but emotionally satisfying. We have alcoholic, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Martis who has reached rock bottom, so plagued by visions and self-destruction that he wants to end it all, and travels to his roots in Eastern Kentucky to carry it out. He would have succeeded too, if not for a sheriff and a preacher determined to save him from his permanent solution. It's here that he has to face himself and his past if he is ever to be whole again. He's tried to escape a life of tormenting hallucinations, an ex-wife out to get even, and financial woes. Being a successful writer hadn't been enough to save him.
Rast has written a tragedy that is convincing and suspenseful, yet has the underpinnings of a faith-based novel. The plot is original and entertaining, the character of John is well-developed and at times complex, and as you read, you get a growing sense of dread, which is what I admire about the story and the author's style. John is a troubled man trapped within himself, but is his one-way ticket out of this world the only solution? Besides being an entertaining story, there are takeaways too for the reader, like finding peace, addiction, and learning to forgive. It isn't all doom and gloom; there is a balance of dark and light with definite spiritual elements. This is number one in a trilogy. The story is deeply detailed and immersive--allegorical in a way. If you like a story and characters you can get wrapped up in, and a message that will stay with you after the ending, True Curse: Disvnitvs by WF Rast should be high on your reading list.