Date of Release: June 22, 2021
Publisher: Sage’s Tower Publishing
After notifying the bishop that a young girl possessed by an invisible demon must be exorcised immediately, Father Nathaniel Kerrigan is shocked when the bishop insists he perform the ritual. Panicked, Kerrigan calls on his old friend and trusted mentor, Monsignor Carmichael, to convince the bishop he should use another priest instead. But when Kerrigan claims he wants out because he has no experience with the preternatural, Carmichael fears there is much more at stake than Kerrigan’s letting on. As Carmichael drags Kerrigan on a dark and painful journey through a secluded nature preserve, it soon becomes clear the real reason Kerrigan is so desperate to avoid the confrontation is that the demon inside the girl has a window into his hidden past.
A Debut Novel at its finest!
Frank Oliva wrote this exorcist thriller with such precision, I had no doubt his “day” job required very specific details in order to excel.
He is a smart, clever writer with an keen eye for knowing how to deliver fear with a nice touch of anticipation!
Every character is so rich and deep. I felt attached to them, especially Monsignor Carmichael and Harout.
Frank Oliva puts words into sentences and quotes that completely made me feel a sense of uneasiness.
I found myself closing my eyes, tight! Scared of what was to come.
This story made me squirm with a hair raising creepiness that actually had me scream out loud at times when I least expected it.
I was acutely aware of how scared I was, and I really loved it!
This storyline is so multilayered that my excitement grew with each flip of the page.
To be so richly developed and scary at the same time reminded me of reading my only Stephen King novel, “Misery”. I trust it is because of Frank Oliva’s ability to dig deeply into the emotions of each character, making them so complex that their own fears are brought to the surface…leaving you vulnerable as the reader.
“Walking Among the Trees” kept growing thicker, deeper….and, scarier! Nicely paced!
Seeming like such a metaphor as these two priests share stories as they step further into the Trees…but, even deeper still as the the story leads up to the very end that I was not prepared for!! I dare you to be ready!
My “Walks Among the Trees” will never be the same!
Frank Oliva is one to watch!
Frank Michael Oliva is a practicing attorney and law professor from Long Island, New York. As a teenager, he worked as a receptionist at the rectory of his local parish and developed a close relationship with one of the priests, a former English teacher. Their philosophical conversations about the nature of good and evil left a lasting impression on Frank and inspired him to write his first novel, Walking Among the Trees, nearly two decades later. When he isn’t busy working or writing, Frank can be found spending time with his wife and twin children, reading, or playing video games.