Dwelling (Subdue Book 1) - Thomas S. Flowers
A group of children in the 90s set up a gang called the Suicide Squad. Now adultsthis book tells the story of the difficulties that they each suffered in the Iraq war and a house in Jotham, Texas.
Johnathon got injured whilst on tour, when a RPG got fired into his vehicle killing Ricky his best friend and causing him to loose his leg. Jake is now a vicar struggling with his faith due to what he saw in Iraq, Bobby served in the infantry, but cannot talk about what he did is now homeless and a werewolf and Maggie is Ricky's widow. She is struggling with the loss of her husband and after being threatened with eviction decides to pack up and move to Jotham to an abandoned house that they all visited one summer when they were children.
All three men are drinking to stop them thinking about the war, but strange things are happening to them, causing them to question what is going on. Bobby is getting help from a wiccan to try and get him to come to terms to what he is and Johnathon and Jake start seeing their fallen comrades.
Whilst reading the military sections of the book, the author made me understand more what the soldiers had to face on a daily basis, the fears and anxiety they suffered whilst doing their duty in Iraq and then having to adapt to a civilian life whilst suffering physical and mental scars.
The house in Jotham offers the horror element to the story and whilst the history of the house is slowly revealed, you still do not know what the horror is. These scenes when read made my skin crawl and I was totally involved in this story. It will make your imagination go wild whilst you try and work out what the monster is in the basement and why he wants the suicide squad.
You will have more questions once you have finished this book, like how did Bobby become a werewolf, what has happened to the previous owners of the house and what did the suicide squad get up to in the house in the 90s. Remember this is only book one and I am hoping that book 2 and 3 will answer these. I will definitely read them.
This is the first book that I have read by this author and I enjoyed how I got totally lost in this story.