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The Woman in Black – audiobook

Review:

The Woman In Black - Susan Hill

It was nine-thirty on Christmas Eve.

-first sentence

This is a dark, gothic, ghost story. The narrator, Arthur, recounts his experience at Eel Marsh house with the Woman in Black and how it changed his life forever. The story has haunted him for years and by writing it down, he hopes to be able to forget.

Arthur goes to Eel Marsh house to settle the estate of a reclusive old woman. At first, he tries to find reasonable explanations for the noises coming from the empty marsh. Then he realizes that what he hears is an echo of something that happened years before.

This is a slow moving story that gradually builds suspense and fear. The house is isolated on a marsh that can only be reached at low tide (it reminded me of The Elementals in that sense). As in that story, the isolation makes Arthur’s experience even more terrifying.

The audio is well done and I enjoyed listening. At 4 hours and 33 minutes, it is one of the shorter audiobooks I’ve listened to, but it didn’t exactly fly by. It’s a good story, but a bit on the old-fashioned side for me.

 

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Ghost Story by Peter Straub

Review:

Ghost Story - Peter Straub

What was the worst thing you’ve ever done?

– first sentence

This is a terrifically terrifying story. I love the way the tension builds slowly. We know something terrible happened in the past, but we aren’t quite sure what. We also know something even more terrible is coming. The feeling of claustrophobia grows as the story continues and the town is closed off from the outside world. The evil is frightening and stays with you even after you put the book down.

The prologue was a bit confusing, but it made more sense once I got to the end of the book. I actually went back and reread the prologue and understood it much better.

 

 

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100 Fathoms Below – audiobook

Review:

100 Fathoms Below - Nicholas Kaufmann, Steven L. Kent

Without a doubt, the most insidious dangers were the ones that hid in plain sight, camoflaging themselves inside the minds of rational men.

– first sentence

 

At 100 fathoms, sunlight no longer penetrates the ocean. This book combines the tension of being in a US submarine inside Russian borders during the cold war and being trapped in a submarine with deadly supernatural creatures.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The audio is well done and I spent most of my spare time this past weekend listening to it. The tension starts early and doesn’t let up. The worst (best) part is, the reader knows there is something creepy hiding on the sub while the crew is clueless and just thinks a couple people are sick or maybe someone is losing it.

 

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Revival – audiobook

Review:

Revival - Stephen King

 

In one way, at least, our lives really are like movies.

– first sentence

During the first three-quarters of this book, we get to know the characters, especially Jamie. I was constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop. Reverend Jacobs is obsessed with electricity; okay, but what’s going to happen next. I enjoyed following the characters and feeling their emotions through the ups and downs of their lives, but I was hoping for something… more. Then, when the more finally came, I was surprised, to say the least. I know this book has been out for a while, but I try to avoid spoilers as much as possible so I didn’t really know what to expect from this book. I had recently read a couple of reviews that claimed this was his scariest book (at least in recent years). I think I was expecting the scary to be woven throughout the book, but it wasn’t – it just hit you in the face during the final part of the book.

I don’t know how I feel about what the ending says about life and death, but I wasn’t especially scared or impressed by it. I’m giving it four stars because Stephen King has been my favorite author for more years than I can count, and because I appreciate his writing and ability to scare us in so many ways. The audio was very well done and I was anxious to see what would happen next. I listened to this every night instead of reading a print book, in addition to listening during my walks and driving time.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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