Thursday, August 19, 2010

Reviewed by Teri Graff, Staff Writer
Imprints by Rachel Ann Nunes. Published by Shadow Mountain.

Rachel Nunes is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. I found this particular plot interesting with the idea of objects holding impressions which could be accessed by those with a special “gift”, sometimes frightening, sometimes comforting, sometimes mysterious with more questions than one would want to consider. Autumm was raised by parents from the hippie era. She loves antiques and has quite an odd collection in both her apartment and her antique store where she shares a building with an old friend, Jake, who purchased her parents herb store. Some belongings held strong comfortable impressions while others were often dark and foreboding. With her gift, it is hoped she can help locate some missing women. Her friend, Jake, follows her into what at first seems like a utopia, then is revealed to be a commune full of dark and dangerous secrets. Jake is determined to protect her and helps her in her quest. The founders of the commune entrusted too much power to a supposed follower of their movement who had very dangerous ulterior motives to wrest power from them and in the end, one of them paid for that trust with his life. The plot moves quickly from one question to unexpected answers and easily captures the readers imagination with a plot full of deception and betrayal while keeping one in continual suspense.