Posted in Adult, book games, Book Review, Booklikes, Halloween Bingo 2018, thriller

The Murder House

Review:

Murder House - Therese Plummer, James Patterson, Jay Snyder, David B. Ellis

This one started out kind of slow. The first 1/4 of the book seemed like background setup and character development (which is ok, but not what I usually expect from Patterson). Once new murders started and the flashback scenes began, the pace picked up. I wasn’t sure who the killer was – I knew who they wanted me to think was the killer and who I wanted to be the killer, but I didn’t know the truth until the very end. That part was kind of fun. There were a couple of twists I didn’t see coming, and some I saw way before Detective Jenna Murphy did, but I guess I actually did have more information to work with.

If you like twisty serial killer stories, this is a good one.

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Posted in Book Review, Fantasy, Halloween Bingo 2018, Horror, Young Adult

Full Tilt

Review:

Full Tilt - Neal Shusterman

 

It began the night we died on the Kamikaze.

– First sentence

This is a great Creepy Carnival book. Blake, his brother Quinn, and their friends Russ & Maggie end up trapped in an otherworldly carnival. The only way out is if they can ride seven rides before dawn. But each ride taps into one of their biggest fears, and no one has ever escaped before…

I enjoyed this one. It was fast-paced and creepy with a satisfying ending. It doesn’t take long to get to the carnival part and I enjoyed watching Blake try to figure things out.

 

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Posted in Book Review, Middle Grade, thriller

The Creek by Jennifer L. Holm

Review:

The Creek - Jennifer L. Holm

First, pets go missing, and then a child is killed. Twelve-year-old Penny and her friends hear the gossip about Caleb and they, like all the parents, think he is the killer. After all, he terrorized the town before he was sent away and now he is back.

The story was okay. The characters don’t have a lot of depth and Caleb is basically just a shadow of evil. The final reveal is a bit of a stretch. But it was a quick read with some twists and creepy moments. It’s aimed at middle-grade readers and I think that age group would enjoy it.

 

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Posted in Audiobook, Book Review, Horror, Young Adult

Ten – audiobook

Review:

Ten - Gretchen McNeil

 

Minnie’s face was deathly pale.

– First sentence

This is a YA novel “inspired by Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None” (according to the Amazon page).

Ten teenagers are at a house party on an island full of summer homes in the middle of February. There is a huge storm which of course knocks out power and phone lines. As her friends start dying, Meg tries to figure out the clues left behind, all while protecting her best friend from falling apart, and hiding her secret crush.

The characters are mostly underdeveloped (some of them die rather quickly after we meet them) and basically unlikeable.  But the book is fast-paced and kept me guessing until the very end. I had my suspicions, but they were wrong, which is always fun.

 

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Posted in Adult, Book Review, Horror

Glimpse

Review:

Glimpse - Jonathan Maberry

 

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

– Edgar Allan Poe

Rain’s life is spinning out of control. Yes, she’s an addict and her past is filled with mistakes, but now it seems her nightmares are coming to life.

Dr. Nine is the evil force in this book and he is creepy as hell. Rain and her friends are wonderfully flawed characters. And Monk is an amazing character all on his own, a cross between a private detective and paranormal vigilante.

I enjoyed this one. It is a bit of a slow burn, but totally worth it. I was surprised by the twists and by the ending. I love Maberry’s writing, the Rot & Ruin series, the Pine Deep series, and the Dead of Night series. This one is different but still scary and fun.

 

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Posted in Adult, Audiobook, Book Review, Horror, Sci-Fi

Obscura – audiobook

Review:

Obscura - Joe Hart, Christina Traister

This book combines sci-fi, horror, and suspense into a gripping adventure filled with surprises. I listened to this book every chance I had and stayed up late last night to finish it. As much as I thought I knew about how it would turn out, I was still surprised.

Gillian is a neurosurgeon drafted by NASA to figure out what’s going wrong with the astronauts on the space station. Turns out Gillian wasn’t given all the details or told the entire truth about the situation. Gillian is a character with many flaws, but she is strong and never gives up. Even when it seems like all hope is lost, Gillian finds a way to keep going.

I listened to the audiobook and loved it. The narrator was amazing; I felt like I was trapped with Gillian – the fear, the claustrophobia, the doubt about who to trust. One thing that irked me a bit was the Swedish accent the narrator used for one of the characters. It was a bit like listening to Dracula as a neurosurgeon’s assistant.

This is a fabulous book. Highly recommended.

 

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Posted in Adult, Book Review, Horror

The Jersey Devil

Review:

The Jersey Devil - Hunter Shea

This is a brutal, bloody story but it’s more than that too. There’s a family (three generations) struggling with a mystery related to the Jersey Devil and they’ve trained their whole lives to hunt it. The Jersey Devil is hunting and he’s not alone…

After reading this, I am for once, glad I don’t live near a forest.

Definitely not for the squeamish – a lot of bloody descriptions and no shortage of brutal deaths.

 

 

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Posted in Adult, Audiobook, book games, Book Review, Booklikes, Horror

The Elementals by Michael McDowell

Review:

Audience:Adult

The Elementals - Michael McDowell, R.C. Bray

The story begins with a funeral and an unusual tradition. Afterward, the Savage & McCray families escape to Beldame where there are 3 identical Victorian houses and nothing else. One house for each family and the third house which is being devoured by the sand.

I love the way the author introduces the characters and gradually gets you invested in them. He brings you into their world and the little quirks in their relationships. Then the supernatural gradually creeps up on you and bam!

I liked that the strongest characters were the oldest (the black maid/good witch) and the youngest (13-year-old girl skeptic) and the relationship that developed between them. The atmosphere is so descriptive that I felt like I was on the beach with them.

Great choice for Southern Gothic horror. Thanks to all of you who read this for previous Halloween Bingos and brought it to my attention with your amazing reviews.

 

 

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The Elementals - Michael McDowell, R.C. Bray

What’s in that house child knows more than you know. What’s in that house don’t come out o’ your mind.

It wants to trick you into believing what’s not right. Its got no truth to it.

You stand at one o’ them doors thinking somethings behind it, nothings behind it. It’s waiting for you upstairs, it’s waiting for you downstairs, it’s standing behind you.

The tension is building. I’m just dying to know what is really in the third house and who is going to suffer because of it.

 

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