Rory Fine is a bus driver but he’s far from your ordinary every day blue collar worker. Rory was born with a gift that allows him to ease the fears and troubles from others with just a touch. One night along his regular route Rory gets the feeling that his passengers are a bit more bogged down with their problems so he offers to help them all as they depart his bus.
As Rory touches one particular passenger though he finds himself taking on something dark and evil that he’s never experienced before. Little did Rory know that his offer to brighten the day of his passengers would lead him on a perilous journey dealing with forces that he never could have imagined before.
The Troubles Keeper is another book that is an interesting mix of elements involved in the story. It’s definitely part paranormal fantasy with Rory having a special ability but there is also the edgy thriller side of it that I became a fan of Susan May for from her book Deadly Messengers that I read last summer and ended up one of my favorites of 2015.
Rory is a very likable main character that is a bit of a superhero with what he can do to help people. Those he touch have all of their misery lifted from their minds that bog them down so you can only imagine the possibilities in what this gift could do. Think of those suffering depression or contemplating suicide, families that are torn apart as relationships crumble over arguments that if given the chance at clearing your head and tackling problems from a better state of mind could be saved it became clear while reading the world could really use someone like Rory in it.
Along with the gifts of the main character though we have an intense plot that pulls you in rather quickly and keeps the pages turning. The reader learns early on there is a killer on the loose but things quickly get escalated which you would expect with the paranormal elements to the book. I won’t go too into the details to not spoil things but it’s definitely one I’d recommend checking out.
I received an advance copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.