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Reunion by Jeff Bennington
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Mar 28, 2011

it was amazing
Read from March 28 to 30, 2011

I love supernatural thrillers as a general rule. I'm not easily shocked or scared, and Reunion did not disappoint. A small portion of the beginning is devoted to the school shooting itself. Jeff Bennington does an excellent job of putting the reader inside the mindset of a troubled and abused teenage boy who turns to murder and suicide to end his pain. You're also introduced to the main players in this tale, their hopes and dreams just as they are about to graduate. The writing is smooth and the character interactions are very believable. The author describes the setting very vividly and you can easily picture the story as you read.

After you are giving a small taste of what everyone was like in high school and where they would have headed had the tragedy not occurred, the book fast forwards to twenty years later. The main characters are introduced one by one and you can see how life changed for them. Jeff Bennington gave a wide variety of reactions to the tragedy for these survivors. The valedictorian has become a therapist who deals with Post Traumatic Stress patients. The popular jock has become an alcoholic who can barely hold a job and has married his ex-goth high school sweetheart. One woman was shot in the leg and arm and has went on to become a motivational speaker and author. The future doctor changed directions and became a cop, even though he has flashbacks whenever he hears gunfire. The last man became an adventurer, always searching for the thrill that will put the past behind him.

But when they come together for a twentieth reunion and decide that it should be held at the vacant school where the shooting occurred, strange paranormal events and a malevolent entity are whipped into a violent frenzy. The survivors are forced to face their worst nightmares head on, and with disastrous consequences for some of them.

There was a twist about three fourths of the way through and I didn't see it coming at all. Jeff Bennington has written a fast paced, entertaining, and creepy supernatural thriller that has twists and turns in all of the right places. I give this a five and it is a must have for your reading lists.
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