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Catharsis by Skyla Dawn Cameron

You can't always escape what you are. 

Live the Journey . . . Experience the Horror . . . Discover the Truth. Catharsis tells the story of a troubled young woman with special gifts and heavy burdens. . . .  In an attempt to escape mysterious forces that may ultimately destroy her, Eve Shelby packs up her little sister, Dez, and embarks on a journey with a group of fellow telepaths. After a car accident leaves one person dead and Dez missing, Eve finds she must come to terms with her unique abilities and personal demons if she’s going to survive and find her sister. But you can’t always escape what you are . . . .

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Listed: Sep 19, 2008


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Not Quite What It Seems

By Jim Zoetewey, editor, author of The Legion of Nothing

Nov 3, 2008: Catharsis turns out to be a different sort of story underneath than it appears to be on the surface.

While it begins feeling a little bit like a conventional horror story, it ends up concentrating on the main character’s attempt to come to grips with events in her past.

I think that I can say that without blowing the story. I’m not going to go into too much detail about it though.

Still, I do feel like I should say a little more than that. The audience that probably goes for situations like (A) a bunch of people who know each other via the internet meet for the first time and end up in a deserted town, making self-aware and amusing comments about what people should and shouldn’t do in horror movies. . . . is different from the audience that goes for (B) character based stories in which the main character comes to an understanding about themselves and their life while experiencing events that the audience doesn’t immediately identify as imagined.

Both audiences can come to this story and enjoy it, but it helps to be at least slightly partial to the other sort to do so.

What makes it possible is a strong narrative focus on the search for the main character’s sister. That can lead a person from one sort of story to another without the reader realizing that they’ve moved.

After making so many general comments on the story’s genre and it’s potential audience, I feel as if I should comment on such issues as character and writing style and so on.

Except . . . 

Except I really don’t have anything to say about them. The characterization felt real enough to me that I never questioned it. The writing is skilled enough that I didn’t run across anything that knocked me out of the story.

That’s a good thing.

So overall, the story is worth reading.

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By Kira, member

Sep 10, 2009: If you’re looking for a novel that always leaves you guessing, I recommend Catharsis. Catharsis tells the story of Eve and her friends, who have been gifted with supernatural powers. They go on the run with Eve’s younger sister, Dez because some of the other telepaths have gone missing. And after an accident Eve finds her sister missing and the hunt begins for her.

Cartharsis has plenty of twists and turns and explains the nature of how people can truly see reality. The reader is always seeing the unexpected which is both riveting and compelling. True to Skyla’s form, the characters visibly comes off the pages. There isn’t much I can say without giving the plot away but I can tell you that it is a worth reading 😀

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