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The Inn Between: 07/14/16

The Inn Between by Marina Cohen

The Inn Between by Marina Cohen is about best friends having one last adventure together before they have to say goodbye. Quinn has been invited to travel along with her best friend, Kara, and her family, as they move to California. Quinn is still reeling from her sister's disappearance and she's not ready to let her friend go, so on their road trip, Quinn and Kara have tied their friendship bracelets together.

The trip should have taken seventeen hours. Rule number one of long distance driving is don't drive past the point of exhaustion. It doesn't matter if you have two drivers or a car full of drivers. Those not driving won't be well rested. A car is rarely a comfortable place to sleep.

A couple times my husband and I have done the drive to Portland, Oregon in a single day — a trip that is twelve hours from our door to our favorite hotel, with an hour break for a meal at the halfway point. By about hour nine we always regret our decision. So my first thought here is what in the blue blazes are Kara's parents thinking?

Just outside the California border, things start going weird. Even cars need time to cool down. An over worked car and an over tired driver is a terrible combination. At the point where no one feels they can go any further, they spot an old hotel (think the house behind the Bates Motel) cleverly, although not so subtly, named the Inn Between.

The Inn is staffed by two people with obvious names to anyone familiar with Greek mythology. Although the big picture of what's going on is obvious, the fun is in the details, both in the creepy atmosphere of the inn and in the way different characters are affected by their time there.

Five stars

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