Ben Harris’s sister died of cervical cancer more than three years ago… his best friend and her husband, Roger Keswick, disappeared the day before the funeral. For the next six months everyone from the local police to the Department of Defense searched for him but to no avail… it was as if he had simply fallen off the face of the planet only to reappear at work as if nothing were out of the ordinary.
Then by the purest of coincidences Ben finds himself pulled back into Roger’s life only to discover he has remarried… to Jessica… a woman the looks, sounds and acts just like his dead sister. To complicate things Roger is insistent his home, his car, his life is infested with tiny elf like creatures he calls the Katoy. He claims they run massive machines under his house and watch his every move… every move that is until Jessica is found bludgeoned to death in his living room and Roger is nowhere to found . . . again.
The story starts off right away with Ben needing his truck fixed. But for some reason no one wants him in their place of business, something about machines that stop working when he's around. Turns out Ben has a condition called B.C. E D. Bio-Chemical Electrical Discharge. His body emits a form of electrical energy that messes with electrical devices. Right off there are a lot of characters being introduced and since we don't know who they are or how they fit in the story, it was a bit confusing.
Ben is a handy man and while he's fixing a drain in a house, he spots his ex brother in law, Roger in the house next door. He invites Ben over and even though he doesn't want to go, he does. Roger is now remarried to a woman who looks a lot like his dead sister, which throws him off a little. But what really makes Ben feel strange is how Roger is acting. He's not himself at all. And then Rogers new wife is dead and there are official's all over the property looking for Roger but he's no where to be found.
But things aren't always as they seem and things revolving around Roger's life, are really not what they seem. Are the Katoy real or has Roger gone off the deep end?
If you like government secrets, a thought provoking story and a great Sci-Fi mystery, then this might be the book for you.
This is a novella and it's Sci-Fi and most times I can take or leave Sci-Fi. It's just not my go to genre right now, but this book was quite good and worth the read if you do like Sci-Fi. If you'd like to buy this book, you can do so here.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book by the author.