Through The Fog – Michael C Grumley (Book review)

through the fog

Through the Fog by Michael C. Grumley is a paranormal mystery as young Evan Nash comes to grip with nightmares that haunt him every night. Nightmares that appear to be visions.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

“..Mayer studied him as he lay back down, mindful to prod gently. She waited until looked at her. ‘And what did you see?’
‘I saw…us. I saw the two of us, sitting here. I was on the couch, and you were sitting next to me.’
‘You mean just as we are now?’
‘Yes.’
Mayer considered Evan’s answer. ‘Did this feel like one of the episodes, or were you just remembering what you had last seen?’
‘No,’ he said, shaking his head. ‘It definitely wasn’t a memory.’
‘Are you sure? How do you know?’
‘Evan turned and looked at her, then glanced at the corner of her office near the window. ‘Because I saw us from over there…”

Two weeks after his eighteenth birthday, Evan Nash injures his head in a bicycle accident and everything changes. He begins to have nightmares and visions every night he goes to sleep. Stephanie Mayer, a psychiatrist steps in to help but she has a nightmare of her own. Her young daughter has been kidnapped and gone missing for over a year. Her marriage is crumbling because of it and all she has to keep her going is her work.

But working with Evan is beginning to open possibilities for her. If his hallucinations are more than just dreams, he may the hold the key to her finding her daughter. But with each nightmare, Evan’s health deteriorates until he is near death. How much will Stephanie risk to find her daughter?

Through The Fog is one of those small novels that would have been better served going back to the writer and having him expand on the concept and flesh out the story fully. As it is, as a short novel, it leaves many gaps and inconsistencies. The kidnapper is someone a restraining order has been put against and yet he isn’t really looked into when the child first went missing? That is too difficult to buy into. The father of the child, who is a policeman, is ready to commit suicide in a secluded location with his phone turned off…and next he is busting down the door to save his child and everyone else? These and other inconsistencies leave the novel with gaping holes in the storytelling. And that is really too bad because the concept itself is really pretty good. Only it was done better in Stephen King’s Dead Zone. And the part of CIA experimentation into psychic abilities through drugs…that would be Stephen Kings’ Firestarter.

Still all that could have been forgivable if the story had just been fleshed out more. But unfortunately it wasn’t so that leaves me with an empty feeling. A sense that here is a talented writer who needs better people around him to give him honest guidance.

A nice attempt but not good reads.

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