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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The first time I tried my hand at magic, I grew roses out of my nose.
– First sentence
Red’s granny is sick (maybe dying) and she is determined to find a way to save her. She sets off on an adventure that brings understanding, knowledge, fear, excitement and even unexpected friendships.
Other books in this series include Rump, Jack, and Grump. They all come from the same world, but see it from different perspectives.
I thoroughly enjoyed this series so far. I haven’t read Grump, but I’m sure it won’t disappoint. Red is a great character though a bit naive and sheltered. She learns a great deal during her adventure and grows into a stronger person.
Bottom line:A fresh take on the story of Red Riding Hood that will take you on an exciting adventure filled with danger and unexpected friendships.