Thriller Thursday | The Anomaly by Michael Rutger

Happy Thriller Thursday, fellow readers! Today I will be reviewing what is probably the best book I read this month. This book has been on my radar since I saw it in the Book of the Month selections. I almost added it to my first box, but I’m cheap and knew I had a ton of books on my shelf. However, I had two Audible credit I needed to use by the beginning of the month, so I decided to use one of the credits for this book. I am so happy I chose to go with the audiobook for this one!


The Anomaly by Michael Rutger

Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ 3.85
My Rating: ★★★★★
Page Count:
  352 pages
Genre(s): Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Mystery
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Published: June 19, 2018

Plot:Not all secrets are meant to be found.

If Indiana Jones lived in the X-Files era, he might bear at least a passing resemblance to Nolan Moore — a rogue archaeologist hosting a documentary series derisively dismissed by the “real” experts, but beloved of conspiracy theorists.

Nolan sets out to retrace the steps of an explorer from 1909 who claimed to have discovered a mysterious cavern high up in the ancient rock of the Grand Canyon. And, for once, he may have actually found what he seeks. Then the trip takes a nasty turn, and the cave begins turning against them in mysterious ways.

Nolan’s story becomes one of survival against seemingly impossible odds. The only way out is to answer a series of intriguing questions: What is this strange cave? How has it remained hidden for so long? And what secret does it conceal that made its last visitors attempt to seal it forever?

My Review: This one was a wild ride! I’ve seen his book compared to the movie The Descent with hints of Indiana Jones, and I completely agree. Nolan is in search of a hidden cavern that he believes the Smithsonian is covering up. He is documenting the journey for his web series, The Anomaly Files, and has brought along a small crew.

The book really jumps right in and starts with the crew arriving at The Grand Canyon. The chapters are very short and quick, which is what I prefer. But beware-you are better off stopping in the middle of a chapter because the author ends with a cliffhanger every single time! But it was done in the best possible way. Thankfully, I was listening to this as an audiobook on a short road trip to a conference, so I was able to just let the book play.

Audiobook Review: I enjoyed the audiobook. I was unsure of the narrator from the sample, but if you don’t like an audiobook, you can exchange it with Audible! So I gave it a chance, and I’m glad I did. The narrator did a wonderful job and was not overdramatic. He added the right amount of suspense and tension to the story.

Final Thoughts: I loved this book. I loved it so much that I continued listening to it when I got home from the conference at 10:00 pm. I ended up finishing the book the next day because I had to know what was going on and how it would all end. There were several plot twists I did not see coming and some really creepy moments, especially when you are listening to the audiobook at night while driving alone! I highly recommend this book for fall reading.


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