Aletheia

Aletheia The remote lake town of Little Ridge has a memory problem There is an island out on the lake somewhere but no one can remember exactly where it is and what it has to do with the disappearance of the

  • Title: Aletheia
  • Author: J.S. Breukelaar
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The remote lake town of Little Ridge has a memory problem There is an island out on the lake somewhere, but no one can remember exactly where it is and what it has to do with the disappearance of the eccentric Frankie Harpur, or the seven year old son of a local artist, Lee Montour When Thettie Harpur brings her family home to find Frankie, she faces opposition from allThe remote lake town of Little Ridge has a memory problem There is an island out on the lake somewhere, but no one can remember exactly where it is and what it has to do with the disappearance of the eccentric Frankie Harpur, or the seven year old son of a local artist, Lee Montour When Thettie Harpur brings her family home to find Frankie, she faces opposition from all sides including from the clan leader himself, the psychotic Doc Murphy But Lee, her one true ally in grief and love, might not be enough to help take on her worst nightmare The lake itself Because deep below the island, something monstrous lies waiting for Thettie, and it knows her name A tale of that most human of monsters memory Aletheia is part ghost story, part love story, a novel about the damage done, and the damage yet to come About terror itself Not only for what lies ahead, but also for what we think we have left behind.

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    1. ‘Aletheia’ is a very dense novel and a sizeable book to boot. There is a murky essence to this story of a family returning home after a lengthy absence, but does it buckle under its own weight?Certainly not. Crystal Lake Publishing doesn’t release books they don’t heartily believe in. My TBR pile meant that I had to pass up on an early review copy of this and I was kicking myself. I haven’t read anything by JS Breukelaar before, but the word is she is a fine, fine wordsmith, capable of [...]

    2. Aletheia, in the Greek language, means truth. In life we use the word truth to drill down to the essence of who and what we are, and what the world means to us. Truth, even when used to depict the absolute nature of things is still as subjective as the person who interprets it. Truth is in the eye of the beholder, and even that perception can change over time.Such is the case for Thettie Harpur, who returns to Little Ridge after a lengthy absence, apparently to seek out and make peace with her c [...]

    3. A well-written, engaging, and intriguing story of grief and loss. Aletheia is a novel that gets under your skin and, just when you think you have it figured out, changes on a dime. In particular something happens just towards the end of the first part that genuinely shocked me and made it impossible to put the book down due to the need to find out what was going to happen next. Highly recommended.

    4. Aletheia is a seriously heavy book and to be completely honest, I think I would have to read it another time or two before I felt comfortable saying I had completely wrapped my head around it. So if you are up for a seriously involved narrative journey, definitely give this one a go. I think what I liked the most about this is how Breukelaar managed to strike an atmosphere of melancholy and sadness without going over the top with a ton of shoehorned exposition. The progression of the story felt [...]

    5. I'll have a full review of this coming to Hellnotes soon, but I want to leave this here in the meantime. In Aletheia, J.S. Breukelaar has created a novel like nothing you've read before. No matter what you expect going into it, you're certain to be surprised. But be prepared for a very emotional ride. This thing has laugh out loud moments, scare the hell out of you moments, and break your heart moments so do bring a box of tissues with you when you sit down to read this. The only reason I gave t [...]

    6. Thettie Harpur was going home, after 10 years away, wanting to make peace with her cousin Frankie. Going back to Little Ridge, brings back memories and even though the town has changed, people’s views of the Harpur clan hasn’t. Running the clan now was Doc Murphy, a man with a dangerous past who was not one to share his secrets. On arriving Thettie meets up with a local artist who is still haunted by the disappearance of his son and the death of his wife. His only friend is Vernon, a Gila Mo [...]

    7. Haunting tale of a family and their pastAletheia by J. S. Breukelaar is the latest release of the fantastic, independent Crystal Lake Publishing.The heroine and her family return to their home that they left ten years ago. Of course they had a good reason for leaving and the homecoming is not an easy thing. They have to face the ghosts of their past and come to grips with them. And these ghosts are not just bad memories or the sins of yesteryear. This novel is partly a real ghost story, but it i [...]

    8. Reading Aletheia is like going on a transcendental journey through the life and times of one Thettie Harpur. You can read my full review herehorrornovelreviews/2017/0

    9. Aletheia: the Greek spelling which means disclosure or “Truth”.Author, J.S. Breukelaar wove a very deep, emotional, and sorrowful tale. In fact, I was crying at the end when the pieces of the puzzle all fell into place. First, it’s a combination of crime/mystery and love story, then you get around to the very complex ghost story. Yet, at the very core, all everyone is looking for is the “Truth”. The symbolism “Truth” weighs heavy throughout the story-line and comes with the price o [...]

    10. (Note: I received an ARC from the publisher for review purposes.)With ALETHEIA, I have one thing to say first: read this book with time on your hands. It's dense and complex and needs to be well-chewed.Thettie Harpur and her large extended family have come back to Little Ridge: the place they were driven from, the place that doesn't want them, the place that has changed vastly in their absence. But the meat of this story isn't the characters (complex and gritty and wonderful as they are); it's n [...]

    11. A hard book to get into at first, it is well worth it. Don't expect to get anything else done when you're reading it because you can't put it down. A genuinely spooky book.

    12. Being a fan of the books from independent publisher, Crystal Lake Publishing, I was delighted to receive an ARC of Aletheia, but it was a mixed bag for me.It took me a while to get into the book, the language of the characters took me a while to get used to.The story focuses mainly on two characters Thettie and Lee. For that reason, I felt the story was a bit disjointed at times. This is definitely a well developed, slow burner of a story. The pace is quite slow, but speeds up toward the last th [...]

    13. ALETHEIA is a complex, beautiful and terribly frightening maze of both psychological and supernatural horror. It is also pushing the notion of genre, as the whole story and setting are indirect references to older myths and legends (Greek in particular). If you love highly crafted stories and impeccable style, then this is the book for you, especially if you enjoy authors such as King, Koontz and Straub at their best. JS Breukelaar is definitely up there - and even, in my eyes, sometimes even hi [...]

    14. Little Ridge is an odd little town, there is an island somewhere off the coast but no one seems to remember where it is. It all started when a couple of the town’s residents started to disappear. One day Thettie Harper and her family discover one of the missing people it causes problems within the whole town. Thettie’s one ally is Lee and it’s up to them to find answers.What really might be causing the problems in the town is the lake itself. There is something evil in that lake below the [...]

    15. A mind-bending, sense-altering novel that plunges us into a lake community under shifting fog where we can smell and almost taste the rot beneath the surface. The truth of the title is tantalising and constantly elusive, shown as moving shadows from one perspective and then another, like the mysterious island that appears and disappears in mist. The characters are so grittily real we can see the pores of their skin and feel their grimy desperation; from a missing venomous gila monster by the nam [...]

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