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Nancy Widrew
Something Down There
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Azure Spider Publications
Publication Date: November 15, 2017)
Not all caves are uninhabited
Horror erupts when newlyweds, Karen and Jeremy, cross paths with members of a diabolical cult inside a West Virginia cave. Living below the earth’s surface has triggered mutations, rendering the cult members nearly infertile. Their leader, a wild-eyed, cunning brute, refuses to let the couple leave, believing they and their potential offspring hold the key to surviving underground. Are Karen and Jeremy doomed to spend their lives inside this sunless, subterranean wasteland, or do they escape before their minds shatter and their bodies betray them?
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Jeremy had already warned her to shield her eyes from the light, but as she opened them with the expectation of seeing fiery orange streaks, she looked at him in puzzlement. “Where’s that sunlight you mentioned? All I see is a gray smudge.” Jeremy stared, the lines near his mouth deepening. “What are you talking about? Can’t you see it?” His jaw dropped as he grasped that she couldn’t. “Oh, Jeremy!” she screamed as the realization hit her too. “I’m going blind.” He held her to his chest to offer the small measure of comfort he still possessed for the giving. Then, together, they cried in grief, in rage, and in horror for the death of deliverance.


Spelunking in caves is scary all by itself, unless you are a daredevil or just like to be adventurous. What would ever happen if someone came up to you and told you that they live in a cave? Not just someone trying to find shelter for the night anywhere possible, but an actual village of people down below. Would you be skeptical? If you don’t have a fear of claustrophobic proportions or strangers…would you follow them to find out more about this village? To some readers, this idea may be absurd! For other readers, this scenario drives their curiosity and fear of the unknown which makes quite an interesting concept. Widrew has a suspenseful adventure and one heck of an underground thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.


Jeremy and Karen have a date set to go spelunking in a more experienced level cave with two other couples. After one couple gets sick, they call to cancel and then the other one does the same shortly after…more out of nerves then sickness. Jeremy is still determined to make a cave outing, but against Karen’s fears, she agrees to go to a beginner’s level cave without a third partner…a complete disregard of the rules outlined among the safety code of cave exploration. After they get there, they are relieved to find another car, meaning that another couple is down there somewhere and they are not alone. Jeremy and Karen start heading down and meet the couple, but as it turns out they are on their way out. That is when they meet Abraham, a man that sneaks up on them and tells them about the village below the first level of the cave. Karen, again has her fears and suspicion, but Jeremy is all for a story…being a reporter for a small newspaper in Baltimore. She agrees to go down just to see and then come back up after he gets everything for his story. But, Abraham has a different perspective of his new guests…the newest members of his village perhaps. In an attempt to further the survival of his people (his sick people), he has a secret agenda to keep them down there for good. What can Jeremy and Karen do to escape? With no one knowing where they are…except for the couple who they briefly met on their way out of the cave, it is a lost cause? Will they die down there or worse, become like the people who have lost their eyesight, become infertile, and have to succumb to permanent darkness.


Widrew has a superb story-line and exceptional character development. All of her characters have such depth that will intrigue the reader and allow them to feel emotions like sympathy, hope, and determination. The pace is absolutely terrific; it is fast-paced with a thrilling aspect. Widrew banks on the common fears that originally comes to people who explore caves, so her explanations and convictions within the story are very original and creative. There are little to no errors in the context, which make it that much more enjoyable for the reader. If you are a reader of suspense, psychological thrillers and adventure, you may want to pick this one up.


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About Nancy Widrew

Nancy Widrew

Nancy Widrew was born and raised in NYC before settling in New England with her husband. She has two grown children and two four-legged furry ones, always a source of amusement. She has had short stories published in webzines and a print anthology. This is her first novel.
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