Review of The Bright Lands by John Fram

“Dreams are just our souls going for a swim at night.”

Synopsis: Bentley, Texas is a quiet town that loves two things, football, and secrets. And there are a lot of secrets here in Bentley. What isn’t a secret is that Joel Whitley was shamed out of Bentley for being gay. Ten years later and he is living his life in New York City until he receives a text from his younger brother, Dylan, and flies back to his hometown. Dylan, the star quarterback of his high school football team, later goes missing and the town is plunged into a fear like no other. Joel teams up with a former classmate turned Sheriff’s Deputy, Starsha Clark, along with some of Dylan’s classmates, to find the truth, however dark it may be.

Review: This is the book that I have been waiting for. Gay and horror. John Fram has created an engaging story that at first seems like a simple a murder mystery, but it is anything but simple. Readers are drawn into the lives of the townsfolk of Bentley, and the secrets that they are hiding. From the snippets we hear from the football players, to the dreams that plague Joel, Clark, and the other characters. Something truly dark lurks in Bentley and Fram draws readers towards it slowly and then all at once. Even for non-football fans, the story and the mysteries that surround the town are engaging. Be prepared, this book is not for the faint of heart, but if you want to be scared, creeped out, and on the edge of your seat, then read this book.

Read: 7/19/2020-1/25/2020
Release date: July 7th 2020
Page count: 480
Rating: ★★★★★
Genre: Gay Horror/Thriller
Audience: New Adult/Adult

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