The Occupied

The OccupiedAuthor: Craig Parshall

Publisher: Tyndale House

Release Date: September 1, 2016

Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

When the struggle with the devil becomes too intense, Trevor Black is forced to face it head on.

While in his teens, Trevor Black encounters spiritual forces beyond his own understanding that unknowingly follow him into adulthood. He has become a top notch attorney in New York City and is living the dream with a six-figure salary and a trophy wife. Before he can enjoy his success, he is somehow granted the ability to sense the invisible and see the dark forces at work in the world.  These dark forces turn their work towards him.  All of a sudden, he finds himself out of a job and being looked at as a religious kook.  His past comes back to haunt him as one of his hometown friends is murdered and the method is shockingly close to that of the murders he had been looking into in New York.  He makes his way home to find out what happened to his friend and see if he can help solve the case.  As he investigates, he realizes he is going to face his own demons as well as the supernatural ones.

It is hard to write a good supernatural mystery that seems as if it could actually take place, but Craig Parshall has done just that. The story follows Trevor from childhood all the way to adulthood. For that long of a span of time, it might seem to lose some of the story at times but luckily that wasn’t the case.  Parshall did an excellent job of spanning the time without losing the reader.  I haven’t read many supernatural books that keep me hooked and believing what is written.  It is just a difficult thing to write about so I have steered clear of it.  I feel as if this is the start of a new series and I am very curious to see where it might led from this point on.  Parshall has grabbed me with this story and I don’t have any desire to jump away from Trevor Black and what is to come.  I recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good mystery with a supernatural twist to it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest and thorough review.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.


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