Written by: Scotty
Welcome to Catalina Island, home of solitude, wine mixers and missing persons. On Labor Day, Henry Cadmus, his wife Ruby and their daughter Moxie are on their way to visit his mother who has recently moved back to the island. Henry and his mother, although not being well off monetarily lived on the island for a short spell during his youth. After the two moved off of the island, Henry still tried to keep in correspondence with his mother. Although the two drifted apart and the letters were few and far between, his mother flat out just stopped responding to her only son.
Returning to the island was not something that Henry wanted to do with all of the memories from his short stay during his youth, but with his new family along with him now, he figured that all of the bad things that happened were all in his head. Stopping to get something to eat at the local diner, Henry kept his eyes and ears open for familiar faces and problems. One local woman that entered was a real estate broker and when Henry heard her voice, he recognized her as a girl that tormented him when he was a child. When they arrived at their hotel, they heard a private investigator named Arbuthnot asking about a missing person. Not really putting the pieces together yet, Henry was able to obtain directions to the Shady Isle retirement community to go and find his mother, just to make sure she was ok.
That afternoon, Henry and Ruby take a hike out to Shady Isle. Finding a large gate in their way, Henry hits the button to get someone out of the buildings to come let them in. When no response comes, Henry and Ruby begin to make the long trek back to the hotel, but Henry was not done yet with his search for his mother. Stopping at the local police department, Henry is able to voice his distrust about Shady Isle, but it seems as if the officer that was taking the complaint is not interested. ‘People move out here for the solitude and quiet. If your mother wanted to talk to you she would. Please be on your way.’ This does more than infuriate Henry, he would have to take action on his own, and what he will find would be far from what he expected.
Terminal Island puts you into the eyes of Henry Cadmus as he tries to find out what has happened to his mother, along with battling his memories of what the island had done to him in his youth. Private Investigator Arbuthnot fills in not only as an advisor on Henry’s quest, but assures the young man that everything that did happen to him on the island was real, and that Henry would never believe in any of it until seeing it with his own eyes. Ruby, Henry’s wife tries her best to keep a handle on the situation with her husband, but she reaches a point where she thinks that he has completely lost it and needs some sort of medical attention.
This is an interesting read to say the least. Most of the crucial parts of this book are written in flashbacks, it flows well with the story so you understand what is and why it is happening. If you keep your eyes open, you will be able to see the ending coming, although they try to take a clever twist on it. If you are open to some disturbing imagery, a new god Zagreus, along with a new religion that just seems flat out crazy, this book is for you.