Reviewed by Cory Clubb
The Unseen by T.L.
"The Unseen is a character driven expose on the way we look at the lives around us, the thoughts and feelings of our inner life, and the reasoning between right and wrong."
Do you ever have the feeling someone is watching you? In T.L. Hines latest thriller that is just the case. The Unseen is the newest release from the self-proclaimed “Noir Bizarre” writer. This time the creepy and eerie setting is one that may be in the closet or ceiling panel closest to you.
Lucas Freund has a secret life as an urban explorer, someone who stalks in hidden crevasses above office spaces and institutions located in the metro D.C. area. Although this is Lucas’s livelihood, he never does harm or destruction. Instead he plays out imaginary lives of his strangers, the odd hobby serves as comfort for his tortured childhood soul and not only has Lucas surveyed the entire surrounding area, he’s good at what he does. These innocent skills are noticed by a secret club, only they take their voyeur pastime to the extreme. Events start to turn deadly as members of the club begin to die. Not only this, but Lucas is fingered as the culprit. Will he be strong enough to solve the mystery before he becomes the next victim?
The Unseen is a character driven expose on the way we look at the lives around us, the thoughts and feelings of our inner life, and the reasoning between right and wrong.
Hines has the ability to draw in the reader and insert them into Lucas’s uncanny life. The intricate descriptions of places, people, and actions make you believe as if you are spying on bystanders yourself. Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas series comes to mind in comparison and contrast. Gripping and intense, the author takes us on an inside look into love and relationships using the guts of industrial buildings and underground tunnels. At times the plot and pace seems to slow, but Hines is quick to throw in a twist or dilemma to keep our attention.
The Unseen is a unique book on a growing subject of urban exploration and those who traverse it. A topic I was eager to find out more about and those involved in its secret world. Hines has crafted a complete and original story deep with characters and settings that help us explore our personal relationships and daily struggles, something that is rare just as it is unseen.
Cory Clubb is author of the novel Saved by Grace and currently working on his first thriller. He holds a degree in Graphic Design and is always seeking to advance his talent as a writer. He is an avid reader, movie buff, and music enthusiast, tools he uses to infuse his imagination. He lives in central Illinois with his wife and three sons. You can find out more about his projects at his blog.