The Box (Temple of the Blind: Book 1) by Brian Harmon

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Date of publication: April 6, 2011

Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Mystery, Suspense

Series: The Temple of the Blind

The Box—Book 1

Gilbert House—Book 2

The Temple of the Blind—Book 3

Road Beneath the Wood—Book 4

Purchase Links: Amazon | Audible


Goodreads Synopsis:

College student Albert Cross loves puzzles, so when a mysterious wooden box appears in the driver’s seat of his locked car with cryptic messages carved into it, it is no surprise that he quickly becomes obsessed. And when his lab partner, Brandy, unexpectedly turns up in possession of the box’s key, he finds himself with an opportunity to not only solve an exquisite mystery but to do so with someone he very much wishes to impress. But the secret of the box is far greater than either of them suspect. Soon, they uncover a map that leads them deep underground, into the city’s vast and complex subterranean system, where the miles upon miles of service tunnels and drainage pipes are long rumored to be haunted. Here, far below the streets, Albert and Brandy discover an ancient and very deadly labyrinth, hidden for ages deep beneath the earth. Together, they encounter strange statues populating the darkness, shadowy creatures prowling the endless passages, and dangerous chambers where their most primal urges are violently turned against them. Their clothes are lost in a moment of strange lust, they find themselves forced to navigate the unearthly stone corridors naked and vulnerable. Their only chance for survival lies within the odd assortment of objects found inside the box, from which Albert must somehow piece together a map.


This book is not kid-friendly. Of course, I knew that when I started reading but I do have some younger followers and want to warn them, don’t read it. Of course, now that I said that, it will be downloaded and read on the sly.

It was a pretty good book. Actually, it was very creepy, and I got the chills during some parts of the book. Not bad chills, good chills. Like scary, I can’t sleep at night chills.

I thought Albert and Brandy were morons for actually going into the sewers. Then I thought Brandy was one because she kept sticking with Albert.

The ending was solid and, again, the creep factor came in. I will be looking for book 2 to read because I want to know if Albert goes back to the temple and if he takes Brandy with him.

Author: Jolie

I love to read. My favorite genres are women's fiction, romance, psychological thrillers, fantasy, young adult, steampunk, dystopian, LGBTQIA, and paranormal. I am also a busy mom of 3 kids and 5 cats

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