Review: Room 3 – Jonathan D. Allen
For Kelli Foster, a small-time life isn’t something she wants to live for the rest of her life. She’s always dreamed of something better and has been doing everything possible to achieve that goal. Her hopes and dreams are the only things she has left to hold on to and she’ll do anything to make sure they come true.
Abducted in the middle of the night after getting out of work one day, Kelli finds herself in the middle of a nightmare from which she may never escape. She’s imprisoned against her will with no suitable answers as to why she’s been kidnapped in the first place. It’s obvious that she has something her captors want, but she’s not exactly sure as to what that is and how she can comply in order to give them what they seek.
Kelli’s world is further turned upside-down as the shadowy organization relentlessly plugs her for information. They’re intent on making her cooperate by any means necessary, hoping that she’ll become a very willing participant in the long run. Unfortunately, they never counted on her resilience. She knows she needs to find a way out of her current predicament, even if it means she’ll need to play their sordid game in order to do it.
As time passes and her sanity becomes questionable, Kelli begins to wonder if she’ll ever see her beloved home and family ever again. She’s not sure how much longer she’ll be able to keep her captors at bay. Each day that goes by tugs more and more on her resolve. At times, she wonders if she’ll be able to withstand the pain and exploitation they keep dishing out. As her fate and those she comes to care for hang in the balance, she becomes certain of one thing. No matter what happens, freedom will be achieved, even if it means that lives must be lost in order to obtain it.
This was such a mind-boggling and thrilling read. The twists and turns keep the reader guessing through every turn of the page. Full of mind-bending puzzles and wicked riddles, the story pulls the reader in as he/she tries to decipher the secrets behind Kelli’s abduction. The more the reader discovers, the more the questions grow. By the time the end of the book is achieved, it’s sure to leave the reader astounded in more ways than one. Beautifully crafted, it’s a book that’s definitely worth reading time and again. I enjoyed it immensely.
Bartender and songwriter Kelli Foster had always kept her eyes trained on the dream of stardom as a means to escape her small-town life. That focus blinded her to threat right in front of her: a bar patron who lulls her into a false sense of security and abducts her for a shadowy organization, taking her to a cabin in the middle of nowhere.
Desperate to escape and return to the world she thought she knew, Kelli bides her time, complying with her captors as they force her into a dream world where she must unravel the meaning of a song to free a hostage trapped inside a tree. Failure to free the hostage means only one thing: death, for her and the hostage.
Joined by an important test subject whose sanity unravels almost from the start, Kelli attempts to free them both. When the escape fails, Kelli’s life becomes even more difficult, and she learns that her assumptions about her life – and the world itself – could all be false. As events spiral out of control, Kelli finds herself caught in a battle between godlike beings that hold her fate, and that of the entire Organization, in their hands.
About The Author:
Born and raised in the rural Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Jonathan wrote his first fantasy/sci-fi novel at the age of 13. After studying writing and communication at James Madison University, Jonathan turned his passion for writing into a full-time technical writing career in the DC Metro area, working for companies like Sprint/Nextel, Time Warner Cable, and Sirius XM Radio, where he had an opportunity to combine his love of music with his love of writing.
He may have drifted away from fiction at times, but it was always his first love – and he always returned to it. Now living in Bethesda with his wife, two cats, and two quirky guinea pigs for which his publishing company is named, he crafts the kinds of stories that he had always hoped to read but just couldn’t quite find.
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