In “The Tegen Cave by Inge-Lise Goss, Sarah Jones is on the run from a very powerful crime family. After receiving a package with a poisonous spider, Sarah feels like she has been found. With everyone around her acting strange, Sarah has to find out who she can trust.
Sara is an interesting character, she’s got a bad back-story and she’s looking for a future. Sarah is going to go through a lot of different experiences in the book, and some changes she doesn’t expect but it allows her as a character to grow and change in the ways that are needed. I thought the author did a great job keeping her themes pretty consistent, and overall, it’s interesting, and it’s new, and I can definitely say I’ve never read a book like this before.
I completely hate spiders. I didn’t think reading about them would be an issue, so I plunged ahead with this novel, and I have to say, I don’t think the spiders were the issue in this book. Yes, if you have a terrible fear of them, beware; there are a lot of spiders in this book. I’ve got to say, despite a few faults I noticed, this was a very different kind of thriller, and I really enjoy praising novels that are different and break the mold. I get so tired of reading books that are so similar, it doesn’t really give us anything new, so for this book, I am impressed, I’m glad to see someone working hard to produce something new and different, and even if some parts did fall a bit short, this author should be proud of what she has accomplished.
There are a few things that didn’t work for me, the first being the sex. I’m not against sex in novels, but I want it to mean something, I want it to strengthen the plot, drive the plot, or be a product of something that was building throughout the story. It’s not that the sex was too X-rated, because the author did a good job avoiding that, but it was too frequent, and I felt it was really too much. The sex distracted me, pulled me out of the story, and it was frustrating.
Second, I felt the author had a bit too much going on for one story. I think this writer does and excellent job weaving the story, but I feel she tried to fit a little too much between the covers, and it had me lost at times.
Lastly, I felt some elements, like the pornography, were not suited to the story, kind felt jerky and didn’t allow the book to flow and some of the paranormal details are left out and that’s something I would have really benefit from knowing more about being a ‘Tegen.’ It’s also with some of the real life scenarios, things fell into place a little too quickly, and I think letting the character struggle a little more would’ve really added more realism to this story.
With a respectable rating of three stars, I can say that liked it. In “The Tegen Cave by Inge-Lise Goss, she does a great job giving me a story I wasn’t expecting, twists and turns and events I didn’t plan for, and it worked well.
The Tegen Cave
Silver Tongue Press (2013)
Reviewed by Cianna Reider for Rebecca’s Reads (2/14)