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Six Days

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  65 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Jenny Schultz wakes trapped in a pitch-black basement with no recollection of how she got there. With no outside stimuli, Jenny naturally turns inward and revisits her guilt-ridden past, desperate to figure out which wronged person would be angry enough, evil enough, to do this to her. She must survive her own demons, and then time itself when she finds remnants of previou ...more
Hardcover, signed limited to 260 numbered copies, 290 pages
Published December 2010 by Maelstrom (an imprint of Thunderstorm Books) (first published January 1st 2010)
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3.5 stars, will round up on Amazon.

I have to say that I really enjoyed the premise of this story. Jenny Shultz finds herself suddenly in a completely dark, underground room of some sort, with no idea of how she got there/who would put her there. The complete absence of sight would be a traumatizing event all on it's own, but the looking back over her life--trying to figure out who could hate her enough to do this to her--added a psychological depth and emotional impact that really made this a co
Frank Errington
Aug 16, 2012 Frank Errington rated it it was amazing
A year ago, I had never heard of Kelli Owen. Now, I can honestly say she is my favorite female horror writer. Is that a sexist thing to say? God, I hope not, because it's the truth. Don't get me wrong, there are a number of strong contenders for that title, but there is something about a Kelli Owen story that set's it apart from the rest of the field. Remarkable prose and at the same time she can make you cringe without going over the edge. All this from someone who used to hide her work, appare ...more
Richard Wright
Mar 27, 2011 Richard Wright rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Debut novels can be clunky things, full of good ideas let down by inexperienced execution. The problems are predictable, and usually inevitable. Somehow, perhaps by spending years writing and celebrating writing before committing to her own first novel, Owen has sidestepped most of this. Where it remains in traces is in the occasional dialogue, which doesn't scan as naturalistically as speech does. Fortunately, there's not a lot of dialogue to be going on with. The story opens with the character ...more
Dave Thomas
May 30, 2012 Dave Thomas rated it it was amazing
"What's in YOUR darkness?" The first time I met Kelli Owen at the Horrorfind convention a few years ago, this is how she inscribed my copy of SIX DAYS. These four words perfectly summarize the plight of Jenny Schultz, the protagonist and apparanent victim of a random kidnapping...or was this whole thing planned out and perpetrated by someone Jenny knows, someone she trusts? These are but a few of the questions Jenny faces as she finds herself trapped in a dark, dank basement where at least one o ...more
May 31, 2012 Eric rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, ebooks
This book is a very mixed bag.

First, the good. For the most part, the book is well written. The prose is strong and neither flavorless nor wordy.

I liked the basic story, and thought the parallels of Jenny exploring her dark imprisonment and her dark past was excellent. I think the author does an excellent job of keeping things reasonable as far as what the character might know or not know without her vision.

Unfortunately, the bad is pretty strong, too.

First, this book badly needs an editor. The
Mike Kazmierczak
Jun 24, 2015 Mike Kazmierczak rated it really liked it
This is a very gripping book. It grabs your attention and won't let go. Fortunately you don't want to let go either as you are carried through the story all the way to the equally gripping ending.

Jenny Schultz wakes up trapped in a basement. A pitch-black basement. No light to show her where she is or what is around her. Instead she must feel her way around the room to find a door or an opening or even a weapon. While she searches the room, Jenny must also look inside for the strength to continu
May 20, 2015 Nick rated it really liked it
A woman wakes up in a pitch black cavern with no memory of when or how she arrived. She feels her way around her bleak surroundings in search of clues, escape, hope, but instead encounters an ominous omen. Scratched into the wall she finds six hash marks... six days to live. Using senses other than sight, she is forced navigate this physical prison and the prison in her own mind in hopes of finding an escape before the seventh day arrives.
Jan 25, 2016 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over the past twelve months I've started to read more books by Kelli Owen after finding her books easy to read but with plenty of originality in the stories. This is now the fifth book I've read of hers; although this is actually her debut novel now released to the masses in e-book form.

The story is about Jenny Shultz, the victim of a kidnapper, who wakes up surrounded by darkness in a small, unknown room. It's up to her to work out where she is, who took her, and look for a way of escaping. Th
William M.
Jan 30, 2013 William M. rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, thriller
Kelli Owen's debut is certainly an impressive one. Some might feel details are overwritten here and there, but her consistency and restraint kept me hooked throughout. The narrative uses the Lost television show's technique of constantly flashing back to fill in the holes and build a fully formed main character. This was a smart choice and a much needed touch away from the oppressive darkness where most of the story takes place. This psychological tale is fairly unique due to its minimalistic ap ...more
Oct 07, 2015 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-competition
Great suspense novel with a nice mystery. There was some very creative storytelling here with the main setting being in pitch blackness and our protagonist having to rely on all her other senses to deal with her situation. Great ending on top of all that!
Nov 27, 2011 John rated it really liked it
It may have taken me awhile to finish this book but that was not the author or the stories fault, it was my own. I wish i had put more time into reading it all in one chunk.

But even after reading it off and on I very much enjoyed the over all darkness that it brought.

The details in the dark let me picture my own prison and yet walk in Jenny's shoes with Beth, Alan and Dan, Among others.

Id rather not go into crazy detail or ruin anything about this story but i must say i wasnt too happy about th
Jul 01, 2015 Karl marked it as to-read
Shelves: thunderstorm-own
This is copy 41 of 260 signed and numbered copies.

This is book 3 of 3 (Plus a chap book) of Brian Keene’s Maelstrom Series 1.
Daniel DeLappe
Jan 03, 2016 Daniel DeLappe rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book . Nice pacing. Great mechanics and a great story. Detailed and claustrophobic. Looking forward to reading this author again in the near future.
Jan 30, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it
A pretty good story overall. I enjoyed the read for the most part. A couple of the flashbacks went on a little longer then i think they should have, but otherwise it was real good. The ending could've been a little longer too i guess. I was kind of caught off guard when it just went "The End". I was expecting more to happen.

Overall i liked it. I'll be sure to read more by Kelly Owen in the future.
Jan 27, 2013 Antony rated it did not like it
do not pick this book up, never ever read it, i can safely say it was a giant waste of time. you do not care about the lady trapped in the cellar and as for the ending it seems even ms kelli owen got bored and just tapped on a poor clichéd finale. rest assured i shall not be venturing further into the world of ms owen and neither should anybody else.
Apr 08, 2013 Oskar rated it really liked it
This is the debut novel by this author and is a very solid debut.Very good prose and
character and story development.The story is focused in the main character and at the end we know her very well,this is a dark and asphyxiating thriller.Very recom-
Apr 09, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it
I liked the main story and was kept in suspense throughout, but I didn't much care for the flashbacks. I kept skimming through those and just kept to the main story which I really liked. The twist at the end was surprising and suspenseful.
Jim Morey
Apr 09, 2013 Jim Morey rated it it was amazing
Amazing first novel.
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