The Mouth of the Mine
by Caleb Posten
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Pub Date 13 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 29 Sep 2020
Wayne and Anita Evans move from New York City to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where they plan to settle and raise their ten-year-old son, Alastair, in the fresh air and amicable environment. Everything is good from the start, despite the many reports of missing people in the area. As Alastair begins exploring the new, wild country, his curiosity drives him to find out what is beyond their property fence line. After traveling too far from home, he finds himself in an unusual and enticing predicament. The lines between right and wrong are blurred by Alastair’s greed as he hides his discovery from his parents. If he isn’t careful, he might go missing next.
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Through Net Galley, I read an advance copy of the debut novel by Caleb Posten, The Mouth of the Mine This Wyoming based mystery follows 10 year old Alistair Evans after his family relocates to Jackson Hole from New York City. The Evans have purchased an 80 acre ranch after the prior owner disappeared without a trace during a blizzard several months prior. Little do the Evans know that the area has a history of unexplained disappearances. As Al acclimates himself to his new surroundings, he befriends a mysterious stranger who makes a living prospecting for gold and offers to teach Al the tricks of the trade.
While it may sound like a kids book, trust me, it is not. The author weaves a creepy tale around Alistair’s struggle to figure out right from wrong, good from evil. The book is at it's best when it focuses on Al and how he sees his new world and the relationship between Al and old prospector. Fast paced with building suspense, I found myself reading this one late into the evening.
I enjoyed this one and look forward to reading more by Mr. Posten in the future. I’ll give this one a solid 4 stars.
An e-book copy of The Mouth of the Mine was the only compensation received in exchange for this review. My thanks to Net Galley and Black Rose Writing for the opportunity to read this book and provide feedback.
A chilling book following 10 year old Alistair who has moved to the middle of nowhere in Wyoming from the big city. After wandering off the property he encounters an old man who offers to learn him how to mine for gold and that's the beginning of a journey that will test Alistair's sense of right or wrong and making good or bad decisions.
This book is not an in your face horror novel, but it does continuosly gives you the idea that something bad is about to happen. Alistair is a very well written character and the growth he, and his parents, go through with settling in an unknow place is well described. The great description of the wilderness gives makes it possible to envision in your mind. All in all, very well written debut novel.
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