Inner Sanctum by Darlene Oakley

Inner Sanctum

About the Book

The town of Egerton has a sinister secret, one that is causing all sorts of unrest and fear. Most are content to die there, most with the exception of Aurora Cassle. Will she be successful in leading the town to freedom? Will she be able to reach the surface and find what she needs? Don’t miss this amazing dystopian novel that will make you reach deep and reconnect with hope. This book has an amazing ending!

Book Excerpt

“So, what do you think?” Den Maron’s eyebrows scrunched together as he arched his neck to examine the rock formation around him.

“It’s the only spot left, Den.” Aurora Cassle stepped up next to him, her neck craning in the same direction as his. “The ground is too soft and wet in the south. The quality of the rock in the west would make it too difficult to excavate. And City Council decided they didn’t want any residence units built behind the industrial section in the east. So that leave only one spot, this one.”

Den sighed. “I know. I know.” He walked away from her, farther into the center of the open space — virtually the only open, unoccupied space in the city. He stopped halfway between the back rock face and the entrance of the catacomb.

“I still can’t believe this area is unoccupied and that no one appears to know why,” Den continued as he waved a hand at the spot before glancing again at the city layout map in the other hand.

“Me neither.” Aurora joined him and traced the outline of the arched ceiling on the map. “Perhaps it was just one of those things where people get used to it being there and don’t question it, or perhaps it was the planners’ way of accommodating more people when it became necessary.” Aurora shrugged. “Still, after 400 annums you’d think someone would have suggested using it for expansion before now.”

With a rustling of paper, Dent switched from the layout map to the building plan City Council had approved for the site. It was done in anticipation of this location being deemed suitable, so that construction could begin right away.

“It’s the same building plan as it was for the other sites we considered, Den. Besides, Egerton’s completely underground and build into the rock, there’s not much room for variation.”

Den glared at her. “I know that, Aurora.”

Uh oh. First name, not Rori, his nickname for her. He only resorted to her real name when he was annoyed with her like her mother used to when she misbehaved as a child.

Aurora raised her hands in apology and took a step back.

Darlene Oakley

About the Author

Darlene Oakley is a freelance writer, editor, and transcriptionist based in Canada’s Niagara Region. She specializes in writing dentistry, health, and parenting-related articles and has over 200 articles published online to date. She has two sons, 19 and 6.5, both with learning disabilities, who are the source of inspiration for many of her articles.

Darlene has been writing short stories and books since she first learned how to put pen to paper. This book is a culmination of a life’s pursuit and comes out of a love for words and writing.

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