The town of Kinsey is a quiet place in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Not much happens there until one night a mutilated body is found and a Seventeen year old girl who happens to be the daughter of police chief Izzy Morris goes missing. The only suspect in the murder is a black man who came into town at the same time the murder took place. To make matters worse for Izzy, not everyone in town is cooperating with the investigation and a second strange man has been spotted around town.
Something evil is lurking in the woods around Kinsey and only the local banker’s autistic son seems to have an idea of what’s happening. The townspeople are trapped in the middle of a war between good and evil that has raged for years and will kill several innocent victims before it’s done. This is the storyline behind Journalstone Publishing’s Forever Man.
This story can best be described as a supernatural horror mystery with deep characters and a lot of action. This is Brian W. Matthews first book and it is excellent. The second scene where a werewolf type creature attacks two victims is chilling and really set the tone for the book. The monster may be terrifying but some of the characters in the story came across as even worse.
The characters are what really made this book great. For instance the third scene of the book focuses on Izzy Morris and her husband Stanley. I loved it when Izzy looks at her husband in bed and remembers how their relationship use to be, but now she looks at him and realizes she is not sure if she loves him anymore. Then as they both find out that their daughter is missing, you see how differently they handle the situation. They both want to find their daughter but have different ways of doing it and they both have to suffer the consequences. Stanley and Izzy’s relationship is very reflective of what most middle-aged married couple’s relationships are like and I liked it being in the book.
Another character I liked that could be considered a main villain is Jack Sallinen. Jack is a troublemaker from the beginning, he won’t cooperate with the investigation, he talks down to the police chief and treats one of his sons named J.J. like garbage. His other son is Kevin who has a rare form of autism. Make no mistakes Jack is bad in the story, but the reason he acts how he acts is because he believes that it will help his son Kevin. Despite all of Jack’s flaws you feel a sympathy for him because what he does is out of love. I also liked how Kevin and Jack’s relationship affects J.J. and what he does about it.
The only bad thing about Forever Man was that I wanted to know more about the main villain and hero’s background. We know in the story that they have been battling each other for a long time but we don’t know much more than that. Also I noticed that the police in the story broke a lot of rules and it made me wonder if this was normal for small town cops. Mainly I enjoyed the book, I loved how the settings are described and the creature was great. One of my favorite parts was when it is revealed that the monster is not a mindless beast and can’t be stopped easily. Forever Man is a great horror novel that will stick with you when your done reading it and give you some nightmares to boot.