The Jessing family home is situated in a typical suburban town called Brockton Falls, CA. Lately, some strange things have been happening in town, and there is a general feeling that things are not quite right. One night, Matt Jessing, the father of two boys, thought his eyes were playing tricks on him when he saw someone or something standing between his sons' beds. The following morning, all the mirrors in the house had turned black.
"...some say that if you look into a mirror and it turns black, that's when something from the other side has noticed you. It's why you should never gaze into a mirror in the dark - that's when they're watching."
Who is watching? What did it notice? What does it want? Eric and Kevin Jessing are not only brothers but they were born with a special gift. They may be conductors of evil, or they may be on this earth to deflect evil from the rest of us. They aren't sure, but for right now, they know that something is in their house, something is after them, and they have to make it right before time runs out.
D. Charles Wilson's writing is so powerful and so convincing that I couldn't help but be reminded of the first time I read Pet Cemetery. I could hear the footsteps, I could feel the cold air, and my heart was pounding with fear.
I love the relationship between the father and the two boys. I also loved the connection that the two brothers had with one another. There is more to The Dark Matter Directive than a scare-your-pants-off plot - there is a lesson in trust, family and love.
I haven't been able to figure out whether this book is meant for Ages 9-12 (as it says on Amazon)or grades 9-12. I would think that a 9 year-old would have nightmares, but I'm not a 9 year old boy, though, so what do I know?
About the Book:
The Dark Matter Directive by D. Charles Wilson
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 242 pages
Publisher: Lightkey; 1st edition (September 8, 2009)
FTC Statement: A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.