Objects in the Rear View Mirror
Title : Objects in the Rear View Mirror
Author : F.E. Feeley Jr
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Paranormal
Length : 200 pages (e-book)
Published : February 5, 2014
Rating : ★★★★
Memoirs of the Human Wraiths
Their new home on Frederick Street in Clay Center, Kansas, was supposed to give writer Jonathan David and his husband, clinical psychologist Dr. Eddie Dorman, an opportunity to enjoy married life. Jonathan has just released his first major bestseller, and he hopes to finally escape his traumatic past and find the quiet existence he has always craved. Eddie has taken a job at the Kansas State University psychology department, and they intend to begin anew.
They have barely settled in when the nightmare begins. Noises, disembodied voices, and mysterious apparitions make Jonathan’s life hell. Part of the house has decided to bare its teeth, show its jagged edges, and bring back the worst of Jonathan’s past. At first, Eddie cannot perceive the spectral events and fears for his husband’s sanity. When he’s also affected by the haunting, he’s unsure of what to do but refuses to be beaten.
Together, they seek a way to fight the forces trying to tear them apart. The world is a frightening place, but confronting their fears plunges Jonathan and Eddie into absolute horror.
As the blurb suggests this book was a ghost story but it’s also a book about healing. There’s a connection of physical and mental child abuse between one of the MCs and a haunting spirit.
It’s not a romance, though there is a really beautiful and realistic relationship that’s established before the book even begins. So, don’t expect angst in this book at all. There’s no denying the couple is in it for the long hall. The conflict really comes in dealing with their pasts.
Jonathan is at a great place in his life. He’s a published writer, married to a man he loves and, owner of a brand new home in a new town. His husband Eddie has a few weeks until he starts his new dream job, so they decide to fix up the house. Almost right away, weird things start to happen. Strange noises. Things out of place. Cold spots in the house. Jonathan starts dreaming of a blond haired man he learns is named Alan. Alan grew up in the house he’s just bought. The weird thing is their pasts are mixed up in his dreams. Jonathan witnesses the most painful and horror filled moments of this stranger’s past but has no idea why. Jonathan has his own demons and abuse he’s never totally dealt with. The dreams trigger memories Jonathan would rather stay hidden. With Jonathan’s past issues of PSTD, and strange behavior, Eddie thinks maybe he’s cracking. That’s an easier explanation than ghosts haunting you, right?
The prologue of this book had me hooked. I was almost disappointed when it switched characters because I wasn’t happy with how Andy’s story ended obviously. Then the author slowly lets you get to know Eddie and Jonathan. How they’re enjoying their fresh start. Then the creepiness seeps in. It wasn’t hair raising creepy for me but it did pull me in. Then the ghost gets violent which takes it to another level.
Although this is a ghost story, I think the emphasis is on child abuse. Both Andy and Jonathan were physically abused as children. That and sharing a home-made a connection between the guys that transcended life and death. The flashbacks were horrific. Not overly graphic but man did they have an impact. Andy’s father had turned his life around and was on the road to mending the relationship with his son when tragedy struck the final blow to their family. I cried almost every time he came on page as a regretful man. It’s so easy to hate an abuser but reading about his pain and regret made my heart hurt. I’m not one who forgives easily, so this part particularly struck me.
The book’s tone is kind of heavy with the haunting and abuse but there is a love story. Eddie and Jonathan love each other. There’s no denying that. No drama about their relationship. Their relationship is the constant and the hope that keeps the entire book grounded. It was pretty refreshing.
The ending with the woman and the powers has me intrigued. Will there be more to come? I enjoyed this book. It’s certainly a great break from your normal m/m romance. I’d recommend it.
Rated 4 stars by Whit