Wednesday, November 8, 2023

THE LOST BOYS OF BARLOWE THEATER by Jaime Jo Wright, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"But this? Disappearing while on a ghost tour in the basement of a haunted historic theater? It sounded like a bad horror movie from the nineties."

Except, that is exactly what had just happened. Kit Boyd's best friend Madison Farrington had literally disappeared as she led the cast and crew of the television show "Psychic and the Skeptic" through the bowels of the historic Barlowe Theater. . . there one minute, and poof! . . . gone the next. It seemed no one was as concerned about it as they should be, at least according to Kit . . . where in the world was Maddie?

"Barlowe Theater was not a place that brought joy and entertainment, as was its supposed purpose. No, it had taken lives in the construction of it, tortured the ones who dared stand in its way, and now it was hunting those innocents who had happened into the shadows of its deadly interior."

Years earlier, the history of the Barlowe Theater had been fully established with multiple suspicions written in; workers dying, boys disappearing, ghosts haunting, and Gwen Mercy's family had witnessed it all in one fatal stroke or another, although no one would believe it coming out of her mouth. Gwen was a virtual nobody in particular, and finding oneself on the wrong side of the Barlowe family was trouble, and she was in it up to her eyeballs. Why? Because she told the truth.

Such an intriguing assortment of truth and fiction as two women try desperately to save those dear to their hearts, coming to the conclusion that after all, it was the people and not places that had lasting value . . . but readers beware! You may experience a few shivers and shakes while traipsing through dark halls and winding basements! (plus, Kit just might warm up to the idea of being called "kitty-cat" and Mercy might come to the conclusion that the "boring" isn't so boring after all!)

"The human family was diverse, with broken people in every category . . . People were what mattered most. Not buildings. Not even history. The here. The now. The souls whom God let cross Kit's path to be impacted today so that in the future, their legacy would speak of healing and not brokenness."

Another great book! 

*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 


BackCover Blurb:

It promises beauty but steals life instead. Will the ghosts of Barlowe Theater entomb them all?

Barlowe Theater stole the life of Greta Mercy's eldest brother during its construction. Now in 1915, the completed theater appears every bit as deadly. When Greta's younger brother goes missing after breaking into the building, Greta engages the assistance of a local police officer to help her unveil the already ghostly secrets of the theater. But when help comes from an unlikely source, Greta decides that to save her family she must uncover the evil that haunts the theater and put its threat to rest.

Decades later, Kit Boyd's best friend vanishes during a ghost walk at the Barlowe Theater, and old stories of mysterious disappearances and ghoulish happenings are revived. Then television ghost-hunting host and skeptic Evan Fisher joins Kit in the quest to identify the truth behind the theater's history. Kit reluctantly agrees to work with him in hopes of finding her missing friend. As the theater's curse unravels Kit's life, she is determined to put an end to the evil that has marked the theater and their hometown for the last century.

Bethany House Publishing, October, 2023
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