a dark and isolated small town, Leo Kreutzer and his friends
lead lives without much purpose or hope for the future. This
town is part of British Columbia, and young girls have been
disappearing without a trace from the sides of the highway.
After a long and
boring summer, things heat up, as the appearance of evil looms
ever larger. A visiting man who performs card tricks is not
who he seems to be, nor is the young woman, Hana Swann who
casts her spell over Leo’s friend, Bryan. Just who is
Hana Swann? There is already a deep seeded evil looming over
the town in the form of drug dealers and their leader, the
nasty Flacker. Flacker who not only abuses his woman, he starves
her children and his own dogs. Has Hana inspired Bryan to
take on Flacker and eradicate his profound immorality?
At home, Leo is
coping with the impending death of his uncle Lud, who regales
him with stories that resemble fairy tales gone wrong, a mother
who is obsessed with her work at the animal shelter and with
Leo’s scholastic future, and a father who is away for
months at a time. It’s not a happy family life at all,
but neither are the lives of Leo’s friends particularly
Was I scared when
reading this book? Yes. Were some of the scenes difficult
to read? Yes. Were major parts of this book depressing? Yes.
Could I put it down? No way, it was too compelling a read.
I’d finish a chapter and put it down for the night.
Mull things over, put the light on again, and read “just
one more chapter.”
and mystical, real and unreal A Man Came Out of a Door
in the Mountain sucks readers right into the soul of
the interwoven storylines with such force that you may find
yourself holding your breath and hoping you don’t wake
up physically in the midst of things.
and magical realism with the cold stark facts of “real
life,” Adrianne Harun proves she is a master storyteller.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a grim and
haunting story, but please, because of the violence and language,
it is not a book for anyone young or overly sensitive.