The Consecration Of Jacob Jordaens by Michael Brown is a different kind of paranormal thriller. It’s a coming of age story that includes alternate lifestyles and alternate religions. This is an original story with odd characters that you don’t see in a lot of books. Even the villains in the story had their good points and everyone in this story is someone you can feel for even though they have a dark side.
The story begins with a nineteen year old boy named Jake and his foster-mother Lexis moving from New Orleans to Providence. Lexis was in New Orleans as part of a coven and is now returning to become an academic. They have a history in Providence, Lexis’ estranged husband Nick Vaughn lives there. Nick’s family is wealthy and is covering up many dark secrets. Meanwhile Jacob is having horrible visions of a rape in a theater and is trying to hold onto his sanity.
Things get worse for Jake in Providence as he starts to find out the Vaughn’s secrets such as their child sex trafficking business and who is really in charge of everything. Jake is pulled in different directions in a power struggle between greedy family members and stuck between a battle of good and evil. He also has to figure out what is real and not real, where he wants to go to college and what his sexual orientation is. Life is not easy when your nineteen and its even harder for Jake.
My favorite characters in this book were Lexis and Karen. Lexis seems to be the only one who has Jacob’s best interests at heart, even though Jake doesn’t see it that way. She may be the most honest person in the book and has a legitimate career, yet she has a dark side because she did marry into the Vaughn clan. On the other end of the spectrum is Karen who is a gold digger and married to Shay. All she wants is to control the Vaughn’s money and she will do anything to have it. Yet when we see how her relationship with Shay starts, we see that she has a good side. Michael Brown does a great job of making all of the characters in this book seem human by showing both the good and bad in everyone and it made all the characters likable.
The Consecration Of Jacob Jordaens was a mixed bag for me, I found the story to be confusing at times because of how it goes from dreams to reality. The book also brings up astral projection quite a bit so I found myself wondering what was real and what was Lexis and Jake’s imagination. That being said I liked all of the characters and despite my confusion on the story, I kept reading to find out what happened to each one. I also liked how voodoo and alternative lifestyles were dealt with in this book. The way the Vaughn family empire is described also made me like this book. The story gets dark at times and it added to the realism of the characters. There are a lot of shades of grey among them and that made for an interesting read. The Consecration Of Jacob Jordaens had its moments and is worth a look if you’re looking for something a little different.