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Breathlessness. Heart palpitations. Profuse sweating. Dangerously high adrenaline levels. A heightened sense of foreboding. That's what readers can expect while reading Grave Intent, a hair-raising horror tour de force by Deborah LeBlanc that is both darkly disturbing and compulsively readable.
Michael Savoy, the director of a funeral home in Brusley, Louisiana, is looking forward to spending some much-needed downtime with his wife and young daughter at the family camp. All he has to do is get through a viewing and funeral for a beautiful 19-year-old woman tragically killed while riding a horse. The woman, Thalia Stevenson, was a Gypsy; during the crowded, chaotic viewing, Michael witnesses firsthand the bizarre rituals and incantations associated with Gypsy funerals. Just before the coffin is closed, a strange gold medallion is placed between Thalia's hands. But when Michael's father -- a devious deadbeat who ran out on his family years earlier -- steals the gold coin, he unleashes a supernatural horror that portends death without mercy if the medallion is not returned within two days.
Iconic writers like Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Peter Straub -- who have made millions penning psychological thrillers designed to scare the living daylights out of readers -- had better beware: They've all just met their match, and her name is Deborah LeBlanc. An irresistible blend of horror, mystery, and dark fantasy, Grave Intent is like a wild roller-coaster ride through the seven levels of Hell, and it doesn't stop until the reader is suitably slack-jawed and delirious with all-consuming fear. In a word: awesome! Paul Goat Allen