The Ancestor: A Novel by Danielle Trussoni - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062912756
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Published: William Morrow - April 7th, 2020

While trying to understand why her marriage is failing, Berta instead learns she is the sole surviving heir to a centuries-old Italian dynasty. Accompanying her to claim her rightful heritage, Berta’s husband, Luka, learns he, too, is from an ancient famiglia, one from whom he has inherited a feudal grudge against hers, leading to their wedlock’s inevitable ending, and also to his death. Still, Berta explores her lineage, deep into a genealogical history wherein her maternal blood has long described a kind of “missing link” to the village upon which her ancestors amassed its fortunes. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci

Horrorstor: A Novel by Grady Hendrix - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781594745263
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Published: Quirk Books - September 23rd, 2014

Take everything that people say about IKEA - stores you can get lost in, hard-to-assemble cheap furniture, making fun of the weird names - and make a full length horror novel from it. Might seem like it's a bit far to stretch the joke but Hendrix is up to the challenge with Horrorstör. While the characters and plot are good (not great), the trappings really make the experience of reading the book. Formatted to look like an IKEA catalog - to the point where a passerby legitimately thought I was reading one - each chapter is preceded by a spot-on product illustration of something in that chapter. It starts innocently enough with Liripip wardrobes and Brooka sofas, but as the story turns these give way to things like the more sinister Jodlöpp "helmet" and Bodavest office chair... complete with full-body restraint system. (It also apes IKEA's hallmark use of the Futura typeface, my personal favorite, because I am the type to have a personal favorite typeface.)

Combine these immersive elements with a story and cast of characters with just enough to say on the nature of soul-crushing retail jobs, and you've got enough for an enjoyable read with just a bit of hesitation left over to maybe put off your next IKEA trip. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780440000174
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Published: Berkley - February 18th, 2020

Although purely fiction, this fascinating, often frightening, mystery made me contemplate the actual possibility of ghosts. The author seamlessly interweaves the paranormal with the “normal” in this mystery of disappearance and possible murder of several girls in and around a run-down motel in a small town in upstate NY. Switching between 1982 and 2017, the story follows a young girl investigating the disappearance 35 years earlier of her aunt by following in her footsteps. From the first chapter, the reader will be completely engrossed in this haunting, creepy, and entirely absorbing mystery. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap

NVK: A Novel by Temple Drake - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781590519356
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Published: Other Press - November 26th, 2019

NVK was given a terrible review by Publisher’s Weekly. Thankfully I read the book before I read the review.
This novel is an overlapping story. It’s a flashpoint of sudden sexual desire that smolders. It’s when the “what if” actually happens. It’s the story of a curse brought about by a singular act to survive. It is a love story and horror story all in one. So, to the reviewer at PW ~ you were looking for something else. I found what the author intended. ~ Reviewed by Sarah Donner

Pet Sematary: A Novel by Stephen King - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982115982
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Published: Gallery Books - February 26th, 2019

An ancient burial ground. A mythical creature that preys on all lost souls who enter. A family tragedy almost too horrifying to imagine, described in such grisly detail, it proves that Stephen King is the King of horror.

Deemed King's scariest novel ever written, Pet Sematary plays a psychological cat and mouse game with you, making you question your inner sanity and roll through the tides of grief with the characters, relating to them in some way. If you were given a choice to allow your loved one to rest peacefully, or have just one more day with them despite the ominous warnings, which would you pick? ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon

The Outsider: A Novel by Stephen King - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501181009
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Published: Gallery Books - June 4th, 2019

A grisly, unspeakable murder. A seemingly innocent baseball coach. Two stories intertwined in one. Evidence places him at the scene. His incontrovertible alibi places him elsewhere. What lies hidden within the darkest corners of one’s mind? What sort of monster is capable of committing such heinous acts?
Perhaps one of Stephen King’s most darkest, twisted, creepiest novels, The Outsider latches onto you with its steely grip within the first few pages, and refuses to let go until the very end when a twist drops so severely that it leaves you stumbling to make sense of it. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon


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