Book Reviews

Hallelujah by Kim Fielding and F.E. Feeley, Jr.

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Horror / Fiction
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 18-May-2020

Book Blurb

Can you hear it?

Whispering in the dark.

Secrets only the dark knows.

Joseph Moore, choir director for the First Baptist Church of Lenora, Nebraska, has secrets of his own. Terrible, lonely secrets. One that involves natural human desire. One that calls forth powers he cannot begin to understand. Both with the potential to destroy him and those he loves.

Now the world is changing. The darkness, the shadows, the ghosts, are closing in—and Joseph and his lover, Kevin, are being stalked by a merciless demon, hell-bent on possession.

Can you hear it now?

There in the dark.

It's whispering your name.


Book Review

“Everyone has talent. What's rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.” ~ Erica Jong

With high hopes of leaving his dull life in Lenora, Nebraska, behind, Joseph Moore, of ‘Hallelujah’ by F.E. Feely, Jr. and Kim Fielding, left for college, but when his brother moved away, Joseph was forced to return to help his father with their farm. Once returned, Joseph became choir director at the local Baptist church. Besides having to give up his dreams, Joseph is also hiding two secrets that he never intends to share with anyone. The first is that he can see ghosts. The second, he is gay. Joseph’s life takes a turn for the better when Kevin, the young man Joseph has a huge crush on, turns out to be gay as well; Joseph can hardly believe his luck. Maybe life won’t be as bad in Lenora as he imagined it would be. As for the ghosts, that’s a different matter.

There’s a saying that if something seems to be too good to be true, then it probably is. Unfortunately, that’s the case with Kevin and Joseph’s relationship. They have an idyllic time together, exploring each other’s bodies and falling in love, then tragedy strikes. Joseph, almost a recluse to begin with, buries his grief so deep inside himself that he becomes a shell of a man. His faith and music have always been very important in his life, but they seem meaningless now. Joseph throws himself into farm work, quits his job as choir director, stops going to church, and, in essence, gives up on life. His faith, something that has always kept him going, fades away, leaving him without a purpose.

Joseph goes on for years, barely existing until a stranger appears at their door, a tall, black woman who informs Joseph that she is his cousin. She also tells him that she is the granddaughter of Celine, a ghost whom Joseph has encountered in the past who told her about his gifts and tried to explain to him how to use them. After talking with Joseph for a while, his newfound cousin convinces him that the demon that disrupted his life so many years ago is back and is after him again. She convinces Joseph that he has supernatural powers with which he can destroy the demon and save the world. Other than being able to see ghosts, Joseph has little idea what powers he possesses and is skeptical, but the demon’s role in the devastating events of the past stirs up hatred and a need for revenge that make Joseph decide to join the quest.

I felt as if this story needs to have a warning with it that says: Caution! This story will have you checking under your bed before you go to sleep!’ I’m not a fan of horror stories, but because Fred and Kim are the authors and are favorites of mine, I felt compelled to read it. In many ways, it’s brilliant; it is also deep, dark, and just plain frightening. Demonic possession is an idea that has always terrified me. With this subject being one of the main themes, I was duly terrified! But that said, I am certain that those of you who love Stephen King type stories, will be satisfyingly scared out of your wits, joining Joseph in contemplating the mysteries of the meaning of life, the struggle between good and evil, why God does or does not answer prayers, as well as other various and sundry subjects. Thanks, Fred and Kim, for sharing your “way with words” with me.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 374 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-April-2020
Price $6.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Hallelujah-Kim-Fielding-ebook/dp/B086HVFDFT