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Friday, April 3, 2015

Bottled Abyss by Benjamin Kane Ethridge [4.5 stars]


From the Descriptions:

YOU'VE TAKEN PAYMENT FOR A DEATH THAT DOESN'T BELONG TO YOU. WHAT WERE THREE ARE NOW ONE, AND I AM FURY...
Herman and Janet Erikson are going through a crisis of grief and suffering after losing their daughter in a hit and run. They've given up on each other, they've given up on themselves. They are living day by day. One afternoon, to make a horrible situation worse, their dog goes missing in the coyote-infested badlands behind their property. Herman, resolved in preventing another tragedy, goes to find the dog, completely unaware he's on a hike to the River Styx, which according to Greek myth was the border between the Living World and the world of the Dead. Long ago the gods died and the River dried up, but a bottle containing its waters still remains in the badlands. What Herman discovers about the dark power contained in those waters will change his life forever...


I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

Bottled Abyss is a thoroughly engrossing read! I was drawn into this world created by Benjamin Kane Ethridge and before the end of the first chapter I was hooked. I've always been fascinated by tales of the underworld and the Greek myths of Hades and those who crossed the River Styx on Charon's boat. Bottled Abyss takes that myth and pulls it into the present. The characters here are not always likable but they are believable. Janet starts off as drunken harpy who won't let Herman move on after the death of their daughter and ends up being sympathetic and compelling. This was my first book by Benjamin Kane Ethridge but it won't be my last. A solid 4.5 stars.