Caught by M.L.S. Weech

four stars

screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-2-59-44-pmCaught by M.L.S. Weech wastes no time in ensnaring the reader in its web of mystery, deceit, and horror. Immediately out of the gate, supernatural forces seem to be at work. Caden Carroll, the first character introduced in the narrative, finds himself trapped in what feels like a horrific reverie in which his mother has been revived as a deceptive demon: a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Before the end of the first chapter, Caden dies in a tragic fashion—leading the way for the hero of the tale to step in and introduce himself. In a very post-apocalyptic, dystopian turn of events, Sal, the ostensible hero of the novel, jars awake, fettered by chains and IVs in a hospital bed. Little does he know, this is just among the first of the horrifying fates to befall him during the course of the story. The nature of reality itself comes into question several times, causing the reader to question—as the characters do quite often—Is this a dream?

The elaborate web of Caught weaves itself tighter and tighter around Sal and his ill-fated accomplices, Kaitlyn, Caden, and Chris, until it is unclear which way is up, who is alive, and what counts as waking up. Monsters and mayhem abound as the unlikely few fight for their freedom from within their own consciousnesses. Doubtless, Caught by M.L.S. Weech will catch you off-guard at every turn. As soon as you start to think you have it all figured out, prepare to be flipped upside-down once again, as this harrowing tale gives no rest, respite, or reprieve from the terrors that haunt and hunt its main characters. Buckle in for a thrilling ride; Caught will have your head spinning for days, trying to decide if you’re dreaming…or dead.