Betaken is a fantastic look into a place that I’ve heard and seen stories about for years, giving a view that hooked me from the first page. It’s about dark events that happened in the late 1970s to early 1980s in the Appalachians. From the first chapter, I was whisked away into this strange world and shown many things, including ones I didn’t want to know. There’s suspense lingering in the air throughout the book and I know something is going to happen in the backwoods, it’s just a matter of when. One thing bothered me was the use of the word “set” in places. I understand that its usage was to convey the accent, though at times it was used in the wrong places.
I gave it 4 out of 5 Stars.
Drema Ferrell graduated with honors from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, acquiring majors in both English and Social Studies. Upon graduation, she taught school in the coal fields of West Virginia, where she was born and raised. Afterwards, she and her husband resided in Europe where he served in the US Army and she taught adult education. They eventually were able to return to southern West Virginia where she managed her husband’s CPA firm for 27 years.
Her deep understanding of small communities hidden in the hollows between the steep mountains of the Southern West Virginia coal fields creates the perfect backdrop for her debut novel.