Blog Tour Review: Into the Sublime by Kate A. Boorman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Can you trust your instincts and perceptions when you’re terrified?

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and Kate A. Boorman for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary ARC and media kit!

Book Information

Genre: Young Adult Horror
Publishing Date: July 26, 2022

“Gripping and breathless, Into the Sublime is equal parts terrifying, claustrophobic, psychological, and cunning.” —Wendy Heard, author of She’s Too Pretty to Burn and Dead End Girls

A new YA psychological thrille
rfrom the author of What We Buried about four teenage girls who descend into a dangerous underground cave system in search of a lake of local legend, said to reveal your deepest fears .

When the cops arrive, only a few things are clear:
– Four girls entered a dangerous cave.
– Three of them came out alive.
– Two of them were rushed to the hospital.
– And one is soaked in blood and ready to talk.

Amelie Desmarais’ story begins believably enough: Four girls from a now-defunct thrill-seeking group planned an epic adventure to find a lake that Colorado locals call “The Sublime.” Legend has it that the lake has the power to change things for those who risk—and survive—its cavernous depths. They each had their reasons for going. For Amelie, it was a promise kept to her beloved cousin, who recently suffered a tragic accident during one of the group’s dares.

But as her account unwinds, and the girls’ personalities and motives are drawn, things get complicated. Amelie is hardly the thrill-seeking type, and it appears she’s not the only one with the ability to deceive. Worse yet, Amelie is covered in someone‘s blood, but whose exactly? And where’s the fourth girl?

Is Amelie spinning a tale to cover her guilt? Or was something inexplicable waiting for the girls down there? Amelie’s the only one with answers, and she’s insisting on an explanation that is more horror-fantasy than reality. Maybe the truth lies somewhere in between?

After all, strange things inhabit dark places. And sometimes we bring the dark with us.

Content and Trigger Warnings

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

About the Author

Kate A Boorman is an award-winning author from the Canadian prairies. She was born in Nepal and grew up in the small town of Rimbey. She writes speculative fiction and has a mild obsession with abandoned places, memory, and the darkest parts of the forest.

Kate holds a MA in Dramatic Critical theory and a resume full of a bizarre assortment of jobs, from florist to accordion accompanist to “person-who-held-the-drywall-sheet-in-place”. She has participated as a guest and presenter at a variety of Festivals and Conferences in Western Canada.

Kate usually lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with her family. She has recently returned from living in a faraway land, where there are many baguettes.

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Review (no spoilers)

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here.

When I finished Into the Sublime, my initial reaction was simply “huh.” Not huh? but huh. It’s a book that makes you, like the police in the story, question everything that you read. What exactly happened in that underground cave and how much of what you’ve been told is actually real? What should you take away from the story? Into the Sublime is a book that makes you think.

We are told the story mostly through the lens of a self-admitted unreliable narrator. The police have just discovered three girls who are injured, disoriented, and distressed. According to them, they ventured into a mysterious cave where they quickly found themselves trapped and terrified. The main issue though? Four girls entered the cave and only three came out. Only one girl is ready to tell the police what happened, but in order to do it right, she has to start from the very beginning.

The timeline of the book switches back and forth between third-person scenes with the police and first-person narration of one of the girls, Amelie, explaining what happened. I thought this format worked well to provide the plot with additional suspense and pacing. As readers, we are consistently forced out of the story in ways that are sometimes jarring. I could imagine that that might be annoying for some people, but for me, it functioned as a way to keep me hooked on what would happen next.

As far as the writing goes, the book is very atmosphere-oriented, which is pretty typical in horrors and psychological thrillers. As someone who is afraid of the dark, I found the underground scenes particularly terrifying. Throughout most of the book, the characters only have very small beams of light to guide their way, and sometimes they’re pitched in absolute darkness. Nope, couldn’t be me. That being said, I did noticed that a complaint many readers had was that the characters lacked depth. Though I agree with this assessment, I ultimately think it’s what makes the most sense. They met each other just moments before entering the cave together so, as the first-person narrator, Amelie can’t actually know that much about any of them other than what she learns in the small period of time that they’re together. If the author wanted to provide more character development and background, I think a multiple POV form of storytelling would have been necessary. Honestly, multiple POVs with this book sounds like a lot of fun. I wonder how that would have turned out?

All in all, I think Into the Sublime is a book that gets in your head more than under your skin, so I would firmly place it as a psychological thriller with horror aspects. It’s got a gorgeous, yet chilling, cover photo and I think it’s worth a try if the premise sounds interesting to you!

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