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Restoration

by Sharon Mikeworth

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Taking refuge in a cabin deep in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cliff Phillips tries to come to terms with the breakup of his marriage. The natural seclusion is exactly what he needs, and he settles in for a month-long stay, soothed by the unspoiled beauty of his surroundings. But his peace is short lived, and he soon finds himself disturbed by the eerie desolation and marshy decay. Out paddling the lake in the center of the historic park, he is nearly capsized by a mysterious disturbance, and not long after, a neighboring lodger flees following a terrifying night and another one vanishes without taking any of his belongings. Cliff's worst fears are confirmed when he has his own frightening encounter. But how will he ever get anyone to believe what he now strongly suspects: that there is something hiding in the lake’s murky depths?--… (more)
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"Reading Restoration was a roller coaster ride with unending twists and turns. The story had me hooked from the very beginning ... The mystery about what lived beneath the lake, why people started to disappear, and why they were targeted had me hooked. The descriptions were goosebump-inducing, the imagery created was perfect, and the dialogues were fantastic. There was never a moment when I felt something was missing. Fans of Joe Hill will enjoy this novel. Entertaining and terrifying at the same time!" -- Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
 
“Restoration” by Sharon Mikeworth is a deliciously horrifying thriller. You’ll sleep with one eye
open long after you finish the book!

When Cliff Phillips’s wife Tricia leaves him for another man, he not only loses her but also his
job in her father’s company. He takes the last of the money she left him and rents a lake front
cabin in the Blue Ridge mountains for a month. Cliff needs time to rethink his life, and decide
what his next steps will be. A fairly isolated area at this time of the season, only a few locals and
a couple of vacationers remain. This should provide him with plenty of time to relax and reflect.
It should, but it doesn’t. Shortly after arriving, Cliff notices that there is something wrong with
the lake. He sees lights and odd movements coming from the depths. One lodger flees because he
saw a strange creature trying to get inside his cabin. Then people start disappearing. The first is a
neighbor’s overnight guest. Next is someone very close to him for whom he is suspected of
doing something horrific. Cliff makes some shocking, out of this world discoveries as he
desperately tries to solve the mystery of the lake and prove his innocence.

“Restoration,” is a horrifying thriller that will take you for a ride. I could not put this book down!
Initially, I got hooked on the protagonist’s story because he had really been devastated by his
wife’s total betrayal. Then I found myself getting caught up in the mystery of trying to figure out
what was going on. Just when I thought I had the answer, Mikeworth threw in a twist that
completely caught me off guard.

The author’s ideas are uniquely refreshing, and I really enjoyed being surprised. While I
appreciated that the hero has depth in his character, I also enjoyed meeting the local eccentrics.
The settings and the scenes are vividly described, so the story really came to life in my already
overactive imagination. I look forward to reading more books by this amazing author. I highly recommend that fans of horror and thrillers check this book out! --- Paige Lovitt, Reader Views
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Taking refuge in a cabin deep in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cliff Phillips tries to come to terms with the breakup of his marriage. The natural seclusion is exactly what he needs, and he settles in for a month-long stay, soothed by the unspoiled beauty of his surroundings. But his peace is short lived, and he soon finds himself disturbed by the eerie desolation and marshy decay. Out paddling the lake in the center of the historic park, he is nearly capsized by a mysterious disturbance, and not long after, a neighboring lodger flees following a terrifying night and another one vanishes without taking any of his belongings. Cliff's worst fears are confirmed when he has his own frightening encounter. But how will he ever get anyone to believe what he now strongly suspects: that there is something hiding in the lake’s murky depths?--

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Bronze Award winner for the 2021–2022 Reader Views Literary Awards in horror.

Cliff Phillips’ wife walks out on him for another man, leaving him devastated, and he retreats to a cabin deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The natural seclusion is exactly what he needs, and he settles in for a month-long stay, soothed by the unspoiled beauty of his surroundings.

But his peace is short lived. Out paddling the lake in the center of the historic park, he is nearly capsized by a mysterious disturbance. Soon after, a neighboring lodger flees following a terrifying night and another one vanishes without taking any of his belongings.

His worst fears are confirmed when he has his own frightening encounter. But how will he ever get anyone to believe what he now strongly suspects: that there is something hiding in the lake’s murky depths?

Sharon Mikeworth’s latest novel, Restoration, is a new addition to the great wilderness horror tradition of Jack Ketchum, Adam Nevill, Scott Smith, and Dan Simmons.
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