The Sorrows (The Sorrows #1)
Something is trapped in the castle, and it wants to feed!
The Sorrows, an island off the coast of northern California, and its castle have been uninhabited since a series of gruesome, unexplained murders in 1925. But its owner needs money, so he allows film composers Ben and Eddie and a couple of their female friends to stay a month in Castle Blackwood. Eddie is certain...more
This was my second read by author Jonathan Janz, after his amazing 5-star SAVAGE SPECIES. While I really enjoyed The Sorrows, it wasn't "quite" as spectacular to me as SS; thus, the 4.5 rating. This is one of his earlier novels, and it was interesting to step back and see his progression as an author.
One thing that I have to highly compliment is Janz's use of characterization. This is one of his strongest abilities, I feel. His characters are real, flawed--you have moments that you love ...more
However, when I checked out Jonathan Janz's profile, he was not only an author, but an active Goodreads reader and reviewer of books. And we had the same tastes, and he did not offer free material for 'honest review'.
So I never felt obligated to read him. I hate being obligated to ...more
Janz builds the suspense masterfully, using journal entries to fill readers in on the castle's checkered history, while keeping the story moving, and the scares coming. His characters are marvelously human, their faults, quirks and errors ...more
A little background, I'm not the splatter/gore/blood and guts type horror reader, that's disgusting but not really scary, at least not to me. I prefer the psychological, anticipatory dread that creeps up on you. This book was a very good mix of both types.
The story centers ar ...more
Within these pages are rousing echoes of Matheson’s Hell House, mixed with the wanton and ...more
The Sorrows is a great evocative name, and just so happens to be the name of the castle in which this story is set, named after a symphony created by a composer named Blackwood whose fam ...more
I also love the back story he brings in and out throughout. Sometimes this can really mess up a piece, but Janz does it perfectly.
For me, the story kind of runs into some issues in the second half and ...more
This was my first book by Janz. The man can write. The Sorrows has deep, troubled characters and a backstory that never bogs down the pace. The creature is rarely used in horror, which makes this a unique read. Finding a new horror author with some real writing chops is always great.
This is the second solid author I've read from Samhain Publishing. They seem to know what they're doing over there.
Such a super creepy read!! It was really hard to put this one down. (I tried and then convinced myself a few more pages wouldn't hurt) :)
The characters? Claire...very relatable and sweet. Ben...the talented tortured soul. Eva...the one who is all show on the outside and vulnerable inside. Eddie...the guys guy with a ton of secrets. There was of course Chris.....whoa...AND the cast of nightmare ind ...more
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The story revolves around two musicians who decide to spend some time at a (supposed) haunted ...more
This was a pretty good horror story. I enjoyed checking out. Be sure to check this book out at your local library and wherever books are sold if thi ...more
The characters ...more
The story line is interesting, the last couple hundred pages are extremely suspenseful. The other five to six hundred pages were somewhat of a tough read for me. There are a lot ...more
Several of the characters on the island are attacked by creatures from their past. While Gabriel's story is consistant and follows through to the modern day story and is quite well crafted, the other characters were not well explained as to their relation to the island. Their stories didn't happen on the island, and weren't consistant with ...more
Film score composers Ben and Ed ...more
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