Review -The Tegen Cave by Inge-Lise Goss

Synopsis: After running from her boyfriend’s powerful organized crime family, Sara Jones starts a new life in a new town. But when people around her start dying from poisonous spider bites after she receives a mysterious package with a spider concealed inside, she worries that the family has found her. Life takes an even more bizarre turn when she seems to be not only immune to the spider venom, but also surrounded by a sinister group of people using spiders to incapacitate their prey. Even her new boyfriend starts acting suspiciously. Just who can she trust? Then to make matters worse Sara’s twenty-fifth birthday approaches, and her dark heritage begins to emerge. She is forced to make a life-or-death decision. And somehow, she must find a way to deal with the crime family.

We meet Sara as she has run off to the town of Billings to hide from her boyfriend’s crime family organization. Sara doesn’t want to be a part of the juvenile sex trafficking and other illegal dealings that entails the Crussett family business. To add to Sara’s confusion, spiders keep coming after her. I thought the Tegen heritage was creepy although original paranormal idea and left Sara with a very hard decision to make. I liked that the sex scenes although plentiful were kept small. I felt that they helped to explain the intensity of urges that Sara was experiencing without making the story off track. The author did a good job of setting up the story and developing the characters.

The story pace started out pretty quick then slowed when the additional story lines were added in. I am not fond of 1st person because it tends to start slow but the story has quick start that pulls the reader in. The only thing I didn’t like about the story was the creepiness that came with her bizarre Tegen heritage. I think it would be hard for me to adjust as quickly as Sara did to being adopted. Overall, good read for those who love horror thrillers mixed with suspense.


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