Written by Paula Limbaugh
Ashes of Another Life by Lindsey Beth Goddard is an otherworldly read. It has all the elements of suspense that you would expect in a supernatural story yet that is not the only focus of the story. Some of the events here really do occur and although we don’t always hear about it until something tragic happens, there are families that live this lifestyle.
Tara Jane is a young girl who grew up in a religious polygamous cult. When a fire breaks out one night destroying both her home and family, Tara Jane becomes riddled with survivor’s guilt. Nightmares have been plaguing her as the anniversary of the fire draws near and soon become all too real. Living in two worlds Tara Jane must find a way to reconcile the past with the present.
Family Services were able to swoop in and place Tara Jane in a foster home outside the watchful eyes of the cult. But it’s not easy to leave the cult, they want her back and send someone to retrieve her at any cost. Soon, she finds herself in a battle with not only her past but a real threat to her future.
Goddard did a great job on the character development of Tara Jane, she has created someone that you can empathize with. I found this novella to be an easy read, the story kept my interest and I wanted to continue until the end. The ending was a bit predictable, but that’s okay, it gave closure to the tragedy that occurred. I think this is the type of book that will be appealing to both the YA readers and the general audience of the supernatural. If you would like to check it out for yourself, you can do so HERE!