When a 30-something World of Warcraft uber-geek picks up a Shadow Mountain book and says, "looks interesting" and a 60-something Belva Plain aficionado has the same reaction, you know that the book will probably have universal appeal.
Author Rachel Ann Nunes' latest work, "Imprints," doesn't scream "Mormon," and, believe it or not, that's a good thing. What it does scream is clean and intriguing.
Those elements are goals Shadow Mountain, an imprint of Deseret Book, has been striving to reach. And in "Imprints," all those ingredients come together to form a paranormal read that will appeal to both Mormon and mainstream audiences alike.
Autumn Rain isn't what most people would consider normal, but she's OK with that. Having been raised by hippies, she's comfortable walking everywhere barefoot and has embraced an Earth-friendly organic way of life.
But there's something else that makes Autumn different, a mysterious gift that allows her to read imprints — emotions, memories left behind on objects. The ability has helped Autumn bring closure to people's lives, but it's also a huge drain on her.
That doesn't stop Autumn from helping, though. In her heart she knows it's the right thing to do. So when parents of a missing young woman come looking for answers, she gives them a reading.
Usually Autumn reads an imprint and is finished, but there's something different about this case, and she can't let it go.
Then Autumn learns another woman went missing under the same circumstances.
Before she realizes it, Autumn is caught up in a tangled web of manipulation, deceit and terror. It's up to Autumn to untangle this mess before either she or the people she cares about most come to an untimely end.
"Imprints" is everything a paranormal thriller should be — fast paced, seeped in suspense and mystery, and just plain enjoyable.
Here, Nunes proves that it's possible to create dramatic tension without resorting to distasteful theatrics. Her story is sound and characters well developed.
"Imprints" is a fine read that even the most restrained should enjoy.