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Buoyed by his success, Dietrich longs to harness eternity's knowledge and power by bridging the divide between the living and the dead. He accepts a guided tour into the afterlife from Vanessa's deceased husband. But will his journey lead to the rescue of the Fitzgerald's daughter? And what about the others involved in the web of corruption? Only Vanessa holds the key to A DOOR UNLOCKED.
Posted October 20, 2013
There are many great first lines in the history of literature and in future when people compile those lists they will include the first line of “A Door Unlocked” by Calvin Dean. “Bobby Ray’s attitude burned as hot as a Mississippi summer.” What this first line tells a reader is that Bobby Ray is the driving force of the novel and he is extremely bad news. He kills without compunction and abuses with no regard for age. Bobby Ray rapes Vanessa and sexually abuses her daughter and while those scenes (thankfully) are more overview they are buoyed by this authors set up of the character and talent for saying a lot without saying much at all. After the assault on little Lydia, the child wishes for death. Her parents are gone and this man who said that he would not hurt her has done so in a way worse than she could have imagined. That handful of lines in the aftermath of Lydia’s abduction just kills me as a reader but stands as a testament to the talent of the author.
For readers who shy away from the paranormal, the connection between Vanessa and her husband is important to the story but not an overriding theme. From beginning to end “A Door Unlocked” is aimed toward rescuing an 8-year-old before she becomes too inconvenient to keep around. It is tense and we learn that Dean isn’t afraid to kill people.
“A Door Unlocked” is a fabulous five star read from author Calvin Dean.