Title: Poison Rage
Author: William Blackwell
Review: After the way Phantom Rage ending I couldn’t wait to start Poison Rage as soon as possible, and Blackwell definitely kicked this book off with a bang. We are reintroduced to the same characters in Phantom Rage although this time around Mark has been influenced by something and is currently missing and Kathleen is in the hospital although a lot of her memories are very vague. We are presented with a new antagonist in Beatrice Maling who is the great-granddaughter of James Maling the spirit that caused chaos in the first book and she is using Mark to get something or someone but this remains unknown to the reader as of yet.
As we approach the ¼ mark in the novel we see Blaine Redmond the police officer from the first book become more of a central character in this book and we also see all the characters trying to deal with the bloodshed and grief that James Maling caused throughout Prince Edward Island. When Mark returns Kathleen who still talks to Elizabeth has a feeling that the carnage isn’t over and something bad is going to happen. We see that new relationship forged in-between the books are starting to crumble but the focus is taken away from that when Kathleen organizes a new paranormal investigation despite only just being released from the hospital. I also like the fact Jacob who was very much a background character in the previous novel appears to be taking a more central role.
As we cross the ¼ mark in the novel we see the team investigating once again, this house has two spirits one is the family’s father who died a few month prior and quite harmless, the other is the spirit of a little girl who can be a little violent at times and Kathleen senses she has a dark presence although she doesn’t show herself to the team. Kathleen is also bothered by the locks dotted throughout the house as something doesn’t sit right with Kathleen and she is determined to uncover why it feels strange to her. As Blaine does some digging into Mark’s kidnapping he believes he has uncovered the property where Mark was held and possibly his kidnapper as well. It seems that the spirits they are trying to contact this time are closely linked to Angela and that the violent spirit that attacked her in the first book is back and maybe seeking some sort of revenge for what Angela did to him.
As we approach the halfway mark in the novel we see the group identify the two spirits and attempt to remove them from the house but they have trouble with Raymond who doesn’t want to leave, with the aid of Elizabeth the spirit vanishes and the little girl Lila is freed although Kathleen feels he hasn’t passed on but moved to the other house he is connected to where a living young girl is now in danger. During this second trip neither Mark or Angela come leaving only Kathleen and Jacob to deal with the spirits. Kathleen also noticed these spirits are different to the others she has encountered, they can produce objects from thin air that stay in the human realm even after the ghost has passed on and they can interact more solidly with their world than Kathleen has ever seen before and this troubles her deeply. As the pieces of the puzzle are slowly being drawn together they may be more to these ghostly appearances than anyone first suspected.
As we cross into the second half of the novel Mark is trying to piece together the memories he has of his abduction and constantly draws a blank although he does know if he goes to the police that his friends will be killed he just doesn’t know how. Kathleen is privy to this information and it seems to confirm her foreboding feelings she has been having for almost the entirety of the novel. We also see that the titles play into the story so in Phantom Rage the main cause of the chaos was a spirit and in this book it is very similar but the cause of the rage induced violence is seemingly a lot harder for the police to pin down.
As we approach the ¾ mark in the novel we see the true intentions of the antagonist revealed accompanied by a lot of gore and terror in which Blaine is right at the centre. As we race towards the final section of the novel I was dying to see how Blackwell would wrap up this book and what kind of opening he would leave for the final instalment Infected Rage. As the group tries to piece together the reason for all the strange paranormal experiences, Mark’s disappearance and the subsequent disappearance of Blaine, they decide to conduct one last investigation that may hold the answer to all their questions.
As we cross into the final section of the novel the group head to a woman called Eva’s house which is apparently being haunted by the spirits of ancient witches. As soon as they enter the house chaos erupts resulting in a death. As the others race outside the come face to face with the person behind all the carnage. In the dramatic finale I was hit with so many things I wasn’t expecting I had absolutely no idea what Blackwell would hit us with in Infected Rage.
Overall I loved this book, probably more than I did the first one because we already knew the characters and the atmosphere Blackwell was aiming for. I am so curious to see how Blackwell will wrap up this trilogy in the final book Infected Rage. If you haven’t read this book yet I highly recommend it and all of Blackwell’s other books. This novel was so dark and fast paced I literally couldn’t put it down until I devoured the entire thing and I can’t wait to get stuck into Infect Rage as soon as I can.
This book was sent to me for review consideration by the author
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Also see: Phantom Rage by William Blackwell