I am an unpublished writer, but am working on my first Novel. While I fancy myself well-read, I cannot yet boast that I am “well-published.” However, I must say with amazement and aplomb that David Kummer, a 17-year old high school student in a sleepy river-town in Southern Ohio, has nailed suspense, terror, and the epitome of psychological thriller in his book, My Abigail.
I admit that I picked up My Abigail simply to see what the buzz about this young author is all about. Kummer did not fail to deliver mystery and creepy psychological twists at every dark alley entryway. My Abigail constantly had me guessing ‘what in the world are the characters going to do now? They couldn’t possibly steer clear of the impending troubles that lurk in the shadows.’
David smartly begins the suspense metronome ticking from page one with an Act that establishes not only Protagonist Caleb’s normal world, but the opportunity to change the course of his young life. He meets – a girl, but not just any girl. She is unique from the word go complete with scars, allure, and mysterious disappearing acts that leave Caleb wondering who this girl, Abigail really is. Through intricate plot weaving, I learned to not trust her, but for the life of me, I couldn’t articulate exactly why. It is best described as that foreboding feeling in between your shoulder blades as you jump the last three feet into your bed at night in the dark after you just watched the movie Circle alone. It’s silly, but you know in the pit of your stomach that something is not right.
My Abigail introduces a cast of memorable characters that serve to intensify the psychological undercurrent that drives the story forward. At times, it seemed as if normalcy may be on the horizon, but then a twist so unimaginable kept me from tucking My Abigail safely away on the night stand. With continued writing experience, a young David Kummer will emerge as a mainstream author.
If you enjoy a good page turner packed with puzzling psychosis, intriguing characters that are inextricably intertwined to create a wonderful and creepy read, then I would easily recommend My Abigail. If for no other reason than morbid curiosity, you should pick up Kummer’s book to see what the buzz is all about. You won’t regret it, unless you miss your leap into bed.