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Dark Eden

Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Fifteen-year-old Will Besting is sent by his doctor to Fort Eden, an institution meant to help patients suffering from crippling phobias. Once there, Will and six other teenagers take turns in mysterious fear chambers and confront their worst nightmares—with the help of the group facilitator, Rainsford, an enigmatic guide. When the patients emerge from the chamber, they feel emboldened by the previous night’s experiences. But each person soon discovers strange, unexplained aches and pains. . . . What is really happening to the seven teens trapped in this dark Eden?

Will and six other teens have fears that are not being solved in regular therapy. They are sent to Fort Eden where they are going to face their fears head on. Will does not want to go. When the rest of the group is walking through the forest to the bunker, Will sneaks off and hides in the cooks basement in an old bomb shelter. While there, Will finds monitors that help him watch what is happening to the other people during their cures.

The other six people have a chapter dedicated to their treatments. Will hacked into his doctors system and downloaded their files so he knows about their fears. We learn about them when they go through treatment. When the others come out of treatment, they are completely cured but they tend to have different ailments. Something funny is going on and Will is determined to find out what.

I liked this book. It kept you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what each person’s fears were and where they came from. I felt for each of them and what they went through. I was blown away by the ending and will admit that I was not impressed with it. I did give a feel of paranormal in an otherwise thriller story. I felt it was weak after everything else that happened throughout the book.

Having said that, I do feel that it was a god book. I am going to look for Patrick Carman’s other stories.

I received this book for the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.

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