Retold through her diary, the secluded school of St. Martin's is falling apart. To make matters worse, a student goes missing, pitting fear and doubt against the school's headmaster. When the headmaster begins exhibiting disturbing behavior, it's up to the nun to protect the last remaining students. Aide arrives in the form of a mysterious priest, whose very presence poses the rawest temptation for the nun. But as winter closes in on the isolated group, an unseen danger takes hold, threatening escape. The nun's final testimony of her affair with a priest and their battle against seemingly true evil will blur the line between cabin fever and a haunting from hell.
February 20, 1995
I've spent the last few days avoiding Fr. Derrick. Not an easy task in a school with a population of 7. Today he finally cornered me alone, though. I suppose it was inevitable.
"Do I look diseased?"
"You've done your best to keep me at a distance, and cover yourself with the kids the past few days. I'm assuming my appearance has rattled you." He wasn't wrong. My nerves were on edge, and what I had prayed for was a way out. Not a new stranger to figure out.
"I like to keep structure for the children. It keeps them occupied." I wanted to get away from him, but he was blocking the doorway.
"I'm just asking for a moment. I'd like to help. The missing boy-that has to have taken a toll. And the recent disappearance of Sister Mary-also unsettling."
"They're coping," I said, listlessly. He stepped closer to me, his blue eyes on my face, impossible to get around them.
"I'm talking about you." His concern made me laugh. We were all on our own, except for the children.
"I'm alright. I am disappointed, I'll admit, that you've essentially come to help babysit." My tone was biting, unfriendly. And I wanted to back off, but the anger was on the surface, and I was tired.
"You can't do this alone, Sister." All I could do was nod my head. Annoyance in my eyes, I knew my speech would be shaky, so I stood mute. Finally he moved away from the door, and I made my escape down to the kitchen. There was something about that man that just unsettled me. No, not unsettled. That was the wrong word.
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About the Author
Bryant also pens fantasy romance books with HEA themes as Lana Moon.
In her spare time, Bryant is a freelance blogger and cat whisperer.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
E.M. Bryant’s “Rapture” is a horror novel written in the form of a diary, the story of a nun at a failing boarding school. There are fewer and fewer children at the school, and eventually even the electricity and phone service are disconnected—as a result of cuts by the archdiocese, according to the nun’s superior, Father Jaco. Soon, only two children, the nun, and a few other staff members remain—lonely, isolated, and fretting over the mystery of one of the children who went mysteriously missing sometime before (Ralphie). Soon, the children begin to be haunted by nightmares and a frightening “smiley demon,” and a new priest shows up to help finally close the school—Father Derrick Locke, who the nun is drawn to romantically despite her better sense and strong convictions. As the suspense and sense of danger increase, the nun (unnamed in the diary) becomes more and more panicked and scared, determined to get out—and the secret behind the horror changes her life forever. “Rapture” was a good and creepy read, scary without being gory, and I soon found myself invested in the nun as a character—I wanted her to both escape from the school and find happiness. The author also did a great job of sustaining an increasing feeling of danger, leading to a conclusion that was both shocking and disturbing. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy atmospheric horror and stories that rely on plot rather than gore to create a sense of terror.
WOW! WOW! WOW! My wife had nightmares, so gave it a read! CHILLING!!! And hopefully NOT based on a true story!
I really liked the book.
A very unique style and a compelling story! While the plot trickles on the line between realism and paranoia, it's the characters and their flaws that sew the story together. And whether the paranormal aspect drew you in, or whether you're debating if it was all cabin fever, the ending will leave you will a solid question of "did this just happen?!" If the second book follows suit with the first, Jaco's diary ought to be just as compelling, if not more disturbing.
Quick read with a twisted plot! I was thinking this would be similar to Henry James 'Turn of the Screw.' It is in a sense because of the woman's attempt to protect the last two students. Wasn't expecting the twist at the end at all. Judging from the other reviews, there is supposed to be another book. Anyone know when that will be out??
It's a very different book because it's not written with any other insight besides the lady. There's a definite sense of apprehension and anxiety within the very first few pages, and you know that things are about to take a nose-dive for the nun and the remaining residents. The amount of sex was very unexpected, particularly because the main character is a nun (hope that doesn't spoil the story for anyone). It'll be interesting to see where the next installment goes.
I bought this book because the author is a local, but I mostly didn't think it would be worth a read. I was pleasantly surprised, though. The book is written as a diary, so while you only have the perspective of the main character, is definitely made many parts all the more chilling. The book is a pretty short read (only took me about an hour and a half to get through), but compelling enough that I'll definitely check out the sequel when that comes out.