The Occupied by Craig Parshall: A Book Review

the-occupied-978-1-4964-1135-8Back in high school, I loved reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz.  The creepy, supernatural stories kept me turning the pages and looking over my shoulder while I read at night.

I haven’t read those kind of books in quite awhile, until I picked up The Occupied by Craig Parshall.  The Occupied tells the story of Trevor Black.  Trevor grows up in a small town in Wisconsin, and he joins a band and parties quite a bit in high school.  After his father dies in a factory accident, Trevor is raised by his mother, who works a full-time job as a nurse.  She asks Trevor to check in daily with their neighbor, Mason Krim.

Elderly Mason Krim is an odd duck; he asks Trevor to knock six times when he comes over, and Krim also has a picture of Jesus’ crucifixion with the stab wound on the wrong side.  It’s not long before elderly Mason Krim dies, but Trevor suspects he was killed by supernatural forces.  Trevor’s friend, Auggie, convinces Trevor to go into the deceased Krim’s house, and there the two of them have an incident with the supernatural.  Although he doesn’t know it then, Trevor’s life will never be the same after that.

Trevor goes on to become a hot shot lawyer in New York complete with the attractive trophy wife and a sports car.  However, his life quickly unravels in ways that he can’t even imagine.

He begins thinking about his hometown and his band mates.  As his personal life unravels, his professional life does, too.  He consults with a client accused of murder, and he sees a demon in him.  After he says this to the judge, he loses his job.

However, he soon finds a new job. . . working for the New York Police Department as someone who can identify people who are possessed by demons.  This skill comes in very handy, especially when demons begin to flit in and out of his own life and those  whom he cares about.

This book earns 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

Note: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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