Sam Moore is a loving father, generous friend, retired small-town doctor, and the owner of a truly amazing green marble. The marble is the source of very gently and deftly woven hints of the paranormal in Aaron Paul Lazar’s thought-provoking mystery, Terror Comes Knocking. It carries Sam, with the ghost of his long-lost brother as child-like guide, into different times and places where answers to his questions might be found. But understanding those answers proves as difficult as finding Sam’s errant daughter or getting in touch with his son, away at war.
Sam’s also a doting grandfather and wonderful spouse. His love for his wife is beautifully real, built on shared history and loving memories, aging appropriately and overcoming all odds. And his love for his grandchildren fills this reader with smiles and memories of my own grandparents. Sam loves his garden too, and scented air rises from the page, redolent with foodstuffs waiting to be dug, iced with winter’s cold or warmed with spring.
When daughter Beth fails to phone home, her room-mate Zafina comes to help out with Sam’s family. Neighbors look askance at the Middle Eastern girl in a time of terrorism and war, but surely nothing could happen in this small town, even if the President is about to visit them. And surely Beth’s friend can be trusted.
Balancing human suspicions with genuine care, prejudice under its many guises with honest appraisal and love, and quiet mystery with some excellent and exciting action scenes, this novel’s a pleasing read that successfully brings international concern into small town life without overwhelming either. It’s the second in a series, but stands alone with no trouble and introduces some great characters with fascinating depths.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest review.