Book Review – The Tegen Cave by Inge-Lise Goss

First published, 2014

Now, I wasn’t sure I was really going to review this book because I really didn’t care for it.

I love books. By extension, I love writers. I have no interest in tearing a book or a writer apart.

But after a good long think I decided that I must review it because – you can’t like everything and besides, there may be something in here that leads you to believe, “Well, she didn’t like it but it sounds pretty A1 to me.”

In ‘The Tegen Cave’ there are a number of issues.

For starters, it’s a paranormal/suspense/horror (no problem, so far) with a decent number of grammatical errors which made the suspension of disbelief close to impossible for this reader. These errors became more numerous towards the end of the book, by which time, I was just looking for something to save the story.

The writing is plain and to the point.

The characters are shallow and thinly-drawn. There are plenty of them but I was disappointed. There was barely one redeeming quality among the lot.

The dialogue is clunky and feels false. There’s an occasional but heavy leaning on particular words, which I just found annoying.

For example:
“We don’t want any more unplanned victims.”
“Victims? Unlike you, I don’t have victims.”
“Calm down. If I wasn’t immune, I would’ve been your next victim.”
“My next victim? What other victims have I had?”
Chapter Seventeen, A New Phase, from The Teen Cave by Inge-Lise Goss

In terms of the story, I was right there and paying attention for the first fifty pages. At that point, I liked the book. I actually did. Around a third of the way in, there was a scene which will take a bit of explaining but I think you’ll understand what I’m getting at here…

In effect, the main character, Sara, has been feeling like she’s turning into a nymphomaniac. As it transpires, these lustful feelings are a consequence of a paranormal change she’s going through, and the urgency of her lust only becomes unbearable when she experiences any emotion. Really, any emotion.

Having left her original boyfriend after discovering that his family was involved in the trafficking of children as sex slaves, Sara agrees to have dinner with her ex, during which, he talks a lot of business.

Sara is completely disgusted when she hears her ex-boyfriend talk about one of the children who is only twelve years old. Because – obviously. Anyone would be disgusted by that. The feeling of revulsion is so strong within her – that she has to have sex with him immediately. I think that was the point when I should have started reading something else.

When the ending came, I was grateful for it.

With apologies to those who loved it – it left me cold.