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Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn
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really liked it

I picked this up at NYCC 2017.

I enjoyed Within These Walls immensely. At 447 pages and taking me only 5 days to read, it’s a true page turner.

It stirs up all kinds of emotions. I was nervous, spooked, annoyed, angry, and saddened.

The f—ed up mentality, abuse, and manipulative behavior of the cult is really well developed; as was the loneliness, desperation, and vulnerabilty of the victims.

The story goes back to 1982/83 and forward to present day with some inclusions of articles, incident reports, and paranormal reports – which I really enjoyed. It connected everything really well.

This is one of those books that will keep me thinking for a few days. I have a book hangover. I even thought of a playlist that would go well with it:

-“Father Figure” by George Michael. The whole song is Jeff Halcomb.
-“Big God” by Florence + the Machine. “You need a big God. Big enough to hold your love.” and “You always were my favorite ghost.”
-“”Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Eurythmics. The whole verse about wanting to use and abuse and be used and abused.

There are some issues though which made me decide to downgrade it by 1 star. While I really liked the way it ended because it remained true to the powerful and ominous direction it was headed all along (and I think leaves it open for a sequel) not everything is answered and they are pretty important plot holes.

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I want to ask Ania Ahlborn these questions!

4 out of 5 Ornate Crosses.

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Reading Progress

October 16, 2017 – Shelved
October 16, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
August 3, 2018 – Started Reading
August 4, 2018 –
page 46
August 5, 2018 –
page 64
August 6, 2018 –
page 120
26.85% "I can’t read this before bed. It’s too scary."
August 6, 2018 –
page 191
August 7, 2018 –
page 303
August 8, 2018 –
page 403
August 9, 2018 – Finished Reading

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