iUniverse, Dec 4 2013, $16.95
In Dundas, Canada thirty-eight year old Alida wins 10 million dollars in the lottery. After collecting her check in nearby Toronto, Alida buys the Michael house, which is near the home where her parents live in Dundas. When she cleans out the fireplace, Alida finds a tunnel behind it. Stepping inside, Alida locates three rooms filled with lockers. Opening one locker, a voice begs her to help free them from the boite.
Stunned and frightened as the voices warn her of Shad who locked them away, Alida escorts Barbara to her grave so that her soul can move on. She takes two others to their final resting site while wondering why these good people who suffered sad deaths were locked away like sinners. As Shad tries to kill her with a train derailment, a plane accident and a taxi’s breaks failure, and goes after her mind through her parents; Alida believes God watches over her. Her fourth rescue Oliver asks to stay with her for a while. As Alida and Oliver fall in love, her only hope to save these souls resides with Lucifer.
Locker Rooms is a refreshing, very creative look at the afterlife through the eyes of a courageous bi-polar (though that illness is downplayed) heroine, those victims she rescues and a devil who makes Lucifer seem heavenly. Character-driven, readers will enjoy this leisurely-paced good, innocent and evil thriller especially as we learn a little about those souls Alida saves. I would like to read more about those trapped inside the boite in perhaps a prequel short story collection.