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Reviewed by Essien Asian for Readers' Favorite
Six friends embark on the perfect holiday that takes them south of the border into beautiful Mexico. On their way back, having thoroughly enjoyed the sights and sounds of their travel destination, they run into horrendous weather and are forced to seek refuge in a strange hotel that looks like it is situated in the middle of nowhere. Caleb, Carlos, Dustin, Connor, Malik, and Ethan are about to find out that even though they claim their friendship is akin to that of brothers, there are limits to the sacrifices associated with brotherly bonds, and the secrets they keep from each other are about to test those limits in Jerrod Oluwatoyin Fasan's The Deciding Hour.
Interpersonal relationships take a front seat in Jerrod Oluwatoyin Fasan's novel with intricacies that make for the perfect balance. The way the early chapters suck you in is reminiscent of a horror classic. I love the way Ethan and the other boys are brought to life with very thorough origin stories that I found quite easy to follow. The pace of the story slows down somewhat as you approach its conclusion but the impressively vivid manner in which Fasan describes the events that transpire in that mysterious house makes up for any reservations I had. What I love the most about The Deciding Hour is that despite it being a Christian story, the storyline is finely balanced between the worldly and religious angles of the plot in a manner that is comfortable for all readers, irrespective of their faith or lack thereof. I enjoyed reading this lovely young adult thriller.