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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Posted in Adult, Book Review, Classic, Halloween Bingo 2018, Horror

The Exorcist

Review:

The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty

Like the brief doomed flare of exploding suns that registers dimly on blind men’s eyes, the beginning of the horror passed almost unnoticed; in the shriek of what followed, in fact, was forgotten and perhaps not connected to the horror at all.

So begins this book and indeed many other extremely horrific events. Poor Chris has no idea how much her life is about to change as she starts hearing rapping sounds coming from her daughter’s room.

There’s not much I can say about this book that hasn’t been said many times over. I remember seeing the movie and being freaked out. However, the book didn’t scare me (though I will admit I’m tough to scare). In fact, the book mostly plods along until the exorcism gets started. The last quarter of the book is great, the first three quarters, not so much…

I read this for Halloween Bingo, the Classic Horror square.

 

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Posted in Adult, book games, Book Review, thriller

Hunting Fear

Review:

Hunting Fear (Fear trilogy #1 - BCU #7) - Kay Hooper

This was my head start read. I was so excited that I finished it before the week even ended. I read it for the Murder Most Foul square.

An exciting crime thriller with detectives that have psychic abilities. The plot had some unexpected twists and left the killer’s identity hidden until near the end of the book. The methods of killing are particularly gruesome and frightening, including a timed guillotine, drowning in a tank that fills slowly and being buried alive.

This is the first in a series of books with the Special Crimes Unit (a special group within the FBI of detectives with psychic abilities). It seems like each book follows a different special agent.

 

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Posted in Adult, Book Review, Horror

Suffer the Children

Review:

Suffer the Children - Craig DiLouie

Audience: Adult

Most people didn’t understand how strongly mothers felt toward their children from the moment they were born. That this screaming thing in your arms was your entire reason for being. That you would do anything to make it happy. That you would fight, kill, die.

– Chapter 11

This book is chilling, heartbreaking, gruesome, and I couldn’t put it down. I don’t want to give anything away, but what these parents are willing to do for their children is horrifying. The parents in this book are willing to go to extreme lengths to keep their children alive. DiLouie’s writing is masterful and he makes the entire premise believable and so all the more terrifying. I highly recommend this book to horror fans everywhere.

 

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Posted in Adult, Audiobook, Book Review, Historical fiction, Horror

The Jekyll Revelation

Review:

The Jekyll Revelation - Robert Masello, Christopher Lane

Audience: Adult

This is a historical horror/thriller story revolving around Robert Louis Stevenson, the story of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Jack the Ripper. It alternates between 1880’s London and “present day” California. My favorite parts were in the 1880’s where Stevenson creates the story of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde and deals with the consequences. The present-day story revolves around Rafe, an environmental scientist who is working to save the coyotes and stumbles across a mysterious steamer trunk.

The part with Stevenson is intriguing and suspenseful and was hard to put down. But, the present day part with Rafe is a bit tedious and took a while to get going. I kept trying to figure out how it connected with the Stevenson story but was more interested in getting back to the 1880’s. The narration is well done even though the accent irritated me a bit.

This is a brilliant premise for a story but lacks a bit in the execution. Overall I enjoyed it and recommend it to fans of history and horror (as combining the two is a bit unusual).

 

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Posted in Adult, Book Review, thriller

The Killer Next Door

Review:

The Killer Next Door - Alex Marwood

Audience: Adult

Sleep is a luxury whose price is security. Those who can shut the world out and leave it at will are usually blessed by a world that doesn’t want to shut them up.

– Chapter 20

A group of boarders living in a run-down apartment house; they all have secrets, that’s why they ended up there. But one of them has a darker and more dangerous secret – one of them is a killer.

This is a dark story filled with danger and suspense. The characters are well-developed and engaging. It was easy enough to figure out who was the killer, but the end was a bit unexpected. There is some pretty gruesome stuff in here – if you are squeamish, you might want to avoid it. However, if you liked Wicked Girls by Marwood, you will probably enjoy this one.

 

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Posted in Adult, Book Review, thriller

Still Water

Review:

Still Water - Amy Stuart

Audience: Adult

Clare jolts upright, her hand at her mouth to stifle a scream.

– first sentence

Clare goes undercover at a home that provides shelter to women who are trying to escape domestic violence to help find a missing mother and her son. Clare escaped her own abusive husband in Still Mine (the first book by author Amy Stuart). I didn’t read Still Mine, and I only picked up this book because I was stuck going to a water park with no physical book to read (I was afraid to get my iPad wet or not be able to see the screen in the sun). Anyway, I grabbed this book at Target because the cover was pretty and it wasn’t too long.

The book was just meh. I didn’t connect with any of the characters, including Clare. Everyone is hiding something, but Clare never seems to figure much out – people just end up confessing or revealing each other’s secrets. When the final reveal came, I was unimpressed. Maybe I would have liked it better if I read the first book…

 

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Posted in Adult, Book Review, Horror, thriller

End of Watch

Review:

End of Watch: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy) - Stephen King

Audience – Adult

It’s always darkest before the dawn.

– first sentence

Bill, Holly, and Jerome are all back and so is Brady. Despite traumatic brain injuries and spending the past 5 years in a vegetative state (or maybe because of it), Brady has developed deadly mental powers. He can take over other people’s bodies (and minds) and use them to do his bidding. He wants revenge, not only on Bill but on the entire city. Brady was dangerous enough walking around, but now he is even worse, especially because no one thinks he is capable of doing anything.

The thing I loved best about this book is the focus on Brady’s paranormal abilities. Compared to the other two books in the series (which I enjoyed btw), this book more closely resembled King’s previous works of supernatural suspense. This was an amazing end to a surprisingly good series.

I read a few other reviews that complained about the book being unrealistic and not providing a believable explanation for Brady’s abilities. Being a huge Stephen King fan, I am thrilled with Brady’s powers and I definitely wasn’t looking for realism in this book. King’s ability to take typically benign things/people/animals and turn them into supernaturally terrifying threats is part of his charm. I loved this book and highly recommend it.

 

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Posted in Adult, Book Review, thriller

Intensity by Dean Koontz

Review:

Intensity - Dean Koontz

 

The red sun balances on the highest ramparts of the mountains, and in its waning light, the foothills appear to be ablaze.

– first sentence

Chyna is a psychology student sleeping at her friend’s house when she hears a noise in the middle of the night. A serial killer is in the house and Chyna manages to evade him by hiding under the bed. Through a series of unusual choices and coincidences, Chyna ends up hiding in the back of the motorhome driven by the killer.

The story is tense and frightening. Chyna makes some stupid choices, but all in the name of saving another girl who is also the killer’s prisoner. It is a bit predictable, but still entertaining.

 

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Posted in Adult, Book Review

Abandon – Blake Crouch

AGE: Adult

Review:

Abandon - Blake Crouch

Wind rips through the crags a thousand feet above, nothing moving in this godforsaken town, and the mule skinner knows that something is wrong.

– first sentence

Okay, so the first thing I need to say is that I loved the Wayward Pines series. I thought I would love anything by Crouch.

When I started reading this book, I thought there was going to be a supernatural element. I kept waiting for something that was never going to come…. because of this, I didn’t like the book. Maybe if I had known what to expect, I would have appreciated the book more. To be fair, the summary on Amazon does kind hint towards a ghost/haunting.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad book and I did learn a lot of new words – though I probably won’t have an opportunity to use them in conversation any time soon.

Examples:

mochila – a Spanish word for knapsack

shabrack – a cavalry saddlecloth used in European armies

younker – youngster

scree – a mass of small loose stones that form or cover a slope

speleothem – structure formed in a cave by the deposition of minerals from water

slumgullion – cheap or insubstantial stew

The story goes back and forth between present time and a century ago (when the entire town disappeared). There is a lot of death and killing, but the reason is NOT supernatural, it’s just old-fashioned greed. There is a man who thinks God talks to him and makes a terrible choice because of it, but there are no ghosts, no haunting. Oh well.

 

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