“THROWBACK by Lynn Hortel is an intense supernatural thriller with strong characterization and an evocative southwestern setting – a hard-edged, brutal nightmare for the #metoo generation.” – Tim Waggoner
“Hortel’s Throwback is a heartbreaking litany of pain that seems almost devoid of hope — but, like The Haunting of Hill House, suggests there is power in facing the tormenting ghosts of the past. A searing, assured debut.” — Aaron Sterns, Co-writer Wolf Creek 2, Author Wolf Creek: Origin
“This one’s an unrelenting, brutal thrill ride with forays into the supernatural and tests of the will and strength of one hardening woman. Big impact, definitely not for the squeamish, had me wriggling and cringing, doing the no-no-no-no in my head from about a third of the way through. Like an unstoppable train headed straight for a snake’s pit.” Eddie Generous, Unnerving Magazine Review
Nine-year-old Jordyn used to hear her dead grandma talk. She used to go on flying dreams too, so high that she could see Earth from space. But when her father murders her mom and brother, child protective services place her in the care of Mr. Payne. She escapes six long years later—but not before she forgets how to fly.
Life takes a turn for the better. She gets a job at the Pink Pig Diner, saves her tips, and buys a house in the desert, a little fixer-upper. She even falls in love with the cook, a veteran, who understands the nightmares. Her crazy dad’s in prison, Mr. Payne is dead, and she survived it all. Besides the bad dreams, she’s never been happier.
That is, until a park ranger kidnaps her and holds her captive on his off-the-grid property. But that’s not the worst part. Because if the ranger murders her, Mr. Payne is waiting on the other side to keep her close forever…