Book Review: Last Regress by: Rachael J. Thorne

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Publish Date: July 15, 2012

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: E-book

Order From:  Amazon

Synopsis: Alyssa Matthews thought she had an explanation for everything. After all, as a slightly sceptical paranormal investigator that was what she was used to doing; researching, observing and explaining.

So when she began writing a paper about a long forgotten case of death by Spontaneous Human Combustion, she assumed it would be a run-of-the-mill piece. Little did she realise that she was about to be plunged into a situation that would not only force her to question her own sanity, but also her scepticism about the nature of the paranormal.

Not to mention the dreams that just wouldn’t go away...

Review: After a devastating breakup with her boyfriend, Alyssa’s best fried Greg encourages her to get a job at the local paranormal research institute. Alyssa’s thrown herself into her work to escape the pain and loneliness she feels constantly. She enjoys going through cold cases and seeing what she can uncover, especially with her skeptic’s eye. The latest case she’s delving into is a case of SHC or Spontaneous Human Combustion. Yet it doesn’t exactly fit the pattern of SHC. As Alyssa is drawn deeper into the case, she’s plagued by what she first believes are nightmares. Until a man rescues her from the creatures coming for her nightly, who she first believes is a hallucination, but soon learns he’s a ghost…sort of. A grand plan is in the works and Alyssa is right at the center of it all…

‘Last Regress’ is an interesting and unique paranormal romance story. You really get attached to the characters of Alyssa, Cain, and Nathaniel. I enjoyed the different ideas of what happens after death and the multiple dimensions. I wasn’t a huge fan of Alyssa’s to begin with because I thought she was unable to stand up for herself and was easily influenced. Overall, I felt ‘Last Regress’ was a quick read with some creative characters and disturbing horror elements. It seems, by the ending, this may not be the end of Alyssa and Cain’s story…time will only tell.


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