Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Purgatortum by Eva Ponter ~ Excerpt, Review & Giveaway

Seventeen year-old Daphne Janus is floored when her parents agree to let her accompany her best friend to a getaway resort on an island off the coast of California. She doesn't know her parents have sent her to the Purgatorium as a last-ditch effort to save their child. Her best friend and life-long neighbor takes her to a mostly uninhabited island with a wildlife preserve on one side and Chumash Indian ruins on the “haunted” side. The resort might be beautiful, the beach pristine, and the views from the headland amazing, but strange things begin to happen that soon have Daphne running for her life. At first she finds the therapeutic games thrilling: the ghosts that visit her room, the dropping elevator, and the kayak incident are actually kind of fun once she recovers from them. But when her horse bucks her off during a trail ride and she becomes lost on the haunted side of the island, it’s not fun anymore, and she wonders if her parents have sent her there to help her or to punish her.

Eva Pohler writes fiction and teaches writing and literature at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where she lives with her husband, three teens, and two dogs. She is the author of The Gatekeeper's Saga, The Purgatorium Series, and The Mystery Box.


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The Purgatortum is full of ups and down, twist and turns. Just when I would think I would know what was going on I would be blinded by some new discovery. My heart reeled as Daphne discovered the betrayal of her best friend, new friends, parents and the love of her life. I love the suspense and all the twist and turns. Reminded me of the Shutter Island movie. Just when the character thinks she knows what is going on around her, something new happens.

Definitely looking forward to reading more from Eva!