It's literally just one quick scene so I can't type a full review. There may not be much to it but I liked it enough to possibly seek out others by thIt's literally just one quick scene so I can't type a full review. There may not be much to it but I liked it enough to possibly seek out others by this author. Sure, a lot of questions are left unanswered and the reader isn't privy to why things are the way they are. This didn't stop me from being entertained in the few (very few) minutes it took to read the story.
To summarize briefly - a man seeks solace in a laundromat. For some reason that's his one calming place. He's okay as long as he's alone. He's able to tame whatever inner demon he battles. It's when a young boy walks in that things change.
I can't say more than that.
3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up to 4 because I'm now interested in checking out the author's other work.
Zathyn Priest was the first author I read in the genre and I've been a fan of his ever since I picked up that first book. Left Of Centre was my 2nd ofZathyn Priest was the first author I read in the genre and I've been a fan of his ever since I picked up that first book. Left Of Centre was my 2nd of his, read almost 5 years ago. When I found out a few months ago that it was being re-released through Wilde City Press I was eager to jump into it again. I have to say I think I loved it more this go round than when I read the original version way back when. I laughed a lot and fell in love with all the characters all over again. If you're looking for something short, sexy, and a little sweet, you can't go wrong with this book.
The first thing I’m going to say in this review is to heed the warnings in the blurb. Victim: An Extreme Horror Novel is extremely violent and containThe first thing I’m going to say in this review is to heed the warnings in the blurb. Victim: An Extreme Horror Novel is extremely violent and contains scenes that might disturb some readers. The violent scenes are very graphic and some include sexual violence. Seriously, don’t pick this book up if those types of scenes bother you. If you’re a horror reader, you’ll enjoy it. If not, do the author a favor and read another book.
With that being said –
Greg and Chloe seem to be a happy enough couple. They’ve only been together for 5 months but he’s already asked her to marry him. They met, fell in love quick, and decided to make their commitment a permanent one. Greg doesn’t know a lot about Chloe’s past but he knows enough. Chloe experienced something horrific a year prior but he’s not aware of all the details.
One day Chloe leaves her diary out in the open while she takes a shower. Greg, being curious, opens it and starts reading. He knows he shouldn’t but the first page tells him that if he keeps reading he’ll finally find out what happened that night when her former fiancé Scott and his parents were killed in front of her. What he gets is a detailed and disturbing account of the events. By the time he’s caught reading the diary by his fiancée he’s sorry he ever turned the first page. Instead of being angry, Chloe encourages him to keep reading. Chloe is an extreme horror author and her therapist supposedly encouraged her to write down the events of the tragedy for therapeutic purposes. What Greg is reading looks like a fictional account of what transpired, almost like one of her horror novels. By the time he reaches the end he’s sickened by what Chloe experienced that night. She was the only survivor of the attack.
After Greg reads the diary things start to get weird. He loves Chloe but he’s so disturbed by what he read that he’s having a hard time coming to terms with it. Not necessarily with what happened – he gets that it was a horrible thing for her to experience – but by Chloe herself. She seems… off. Or maybe it’s just his imagination and he’s seeing things that aren’t there. Either way he’s spooked. It doesn’t help that Chloe is starting to receive threatening messages from either the man who killed Scott and his family or a copycat. Surely the killer died that night? Or maybe he didn’t. Greg just knows that he’s not only scared for Chloe but for himself as well. When things start happening in the coming days that spook Greg even more he starts to question everything he knows about the woman he loves. Or maybe he’s just losing his mind? You’ll have to read the story to find out.
There are other characters introduced who are also important but anything I say about them will give the story away.
Before this one, I’ve read one story by Sam West, Djinn: An Extreme Horror Novel, another extreme horror novel. I’ve been reading horror since I was way too young to be doing it, but Djinn: An Extreme Horror Novel is the only book to ever truly gross me out. I obviously enjoyed it, but it was a bit more hardcore than Victim: An Extreme Horror Novel. It needs to be stressed again that this book will not be for everybody. Don’t go into it looking for a mild story or a romance.
Overall, another very good story by Sam West. I cringed a few times and I admit to being nervous about turning the page a time or two. While I can’t say I completely saw the ending coming, I had an idea of how the story would play out and I was correct. Don’t take that to mean it was predictable. It definitely wasn’t. There’s a nice twist thrown in that also added to the story. There’s a lot more I could say about this book but it would all be too telling so I’ll stop here.
Highly recommended if you’re a fan of horror and don’t mind all the warnings I’ve thrown out in this review.
This book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This is one of those times when I really wish Goodreads had half stars. This is not quite a 4 star book for me but it's not a 33.5 stars, rounded up.
This is one of those times when I really wish Goodreads had half stars. This is not quite a 4 star book for me but it's not a 3 star read either.
After The Fog Clears is several stories in one. It all starts with an accident that takes the life of a small child. The blurb and my full review go into details about all the characters so I won't rehash it all here. I will say that every single character and story (within the story) is connected to that one horrific accident.
I really enjoyed this book but I had a few niggles with it. I had no problem at all keeping up with all the characters and their stories. What I had a problem with was that everything came to a head in such a big rush that it was too much too fast. I was at 94% of the book still wondering how on Earth the author was going to answer all the questions that were still left hanging. He did in the final pages but, again, too much too fast.
I've never read anything by this author before, though I've seen his name all over the place. While this might not have blown me away, I will still be reading more of his work.
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Nice horror short but fairly predictable. It has the right amount of creep factor to keep you turning the pages but I haFull review can be found at -
Nice horror short but fairly predictable. It has the right amount of creep factor to keep you turning the pages but I had the ending figured out almost from the start. There were quite a few editing issues that were distracting as well, but overall, the story was a nice read.
This is a sweet, OFY, friends-to-lovers story. Leave reality at the door if you go to read it because it's about as far from realistic as it can get.This is a sweet, OFY, friends-to-lovers story. Leave reality at the door if you go to read it because it's about as far from realistic as it can get. I loved it.
(view spoiler)[I've seen this book on Amazon several times over the past few days. Today I decided to buy it. It was cheap at .99 and lookedDNF @ 14%.
(view spoiler)[I've seen this book on Amazon several times over the past few days. Today I decided to buy it. It was cheap at .99 and looked like a good story. While I thought the blurb was a bit silly, I still took a chance.
At 1% I got confused when the story immediately went from the POV of a killer to that of a child. There was nothing separating the two - not even an extra space between paragraphs. I had to read a paragraph twice to figure out what I was reading. This happens several times between the start of the book and where I stopped at 14%.
Then we get to the constant typos, misspellings and just all around horrible editing. By the time I got to 5% of the story my Kindle screen was mostly yellow from where I highlighted mistakes as I saw them. At 14% it was much, much worse.
Then we get to another reason I refuse to continue with this story. According to other reviews - all 5 stars, I might add - Travis is one of the main characters. Travis causes an accident which kills or severely injures Dark's parents right before kidnapping Dark, who is eight, and takes him to a dirty house or warehouse (I didn't read far enough to find out which).
Travis is a killer. I figured that out right off the bat. This is confirmed a little bit into it. However, what I didn't expect to read were scenes where Travis was physically abusive to the kid on-page. I'm going to assume with the length of the book (over 350 pages) that everything takes place over a period of several years. It would have to if the two end up in some type of relationship later. While I get that people can change, and I get that this is fiction, I had to stop reading when Travis decided to punch the scared little boy simply because he (Travis) was angry over something else.
The abuse of the child, on top of the typos that are EVERYWHERE had me stopping. I wasn't invested enough in the story to keep going. And honestly, there's nothing the author could do later to redeem Travis in my eyes. I read a lot of horror and I'm often the type of reader who sympathizes with the bad guy. Strange, I know, but I tend to want to figure out what made the killer the person he became. With Travis all I saw was a hateful bully who used his fists on a little boy.
Again, no coming back from that.
I'm not rating it because I didn't finish it, but I feel that had I done so my opinion likely wouldn't have changed. When I hate a MC early on that hate usually grows until the end. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Sexy short story about eighteen-year-old, Lindsay, who catches her boyfriend and best friend having sex at a party. Understandably upset, she takes ofSexy short story about eighteen-year-old, Lindsay, who catches her boyfriend and best friend having sex at a party. Understandably upset, she takes off and starts walking home. A car pulls up next to her, and what do you know? Here's the best friend's dad, who Lindsay has always had the hots for. Lindsay is a virgin to penetration, but she's by no means completely innocent. She's been playing around with the high school boys for awhile. Instead of accepting a ride from the friend's dad to her home she asks if she can go back to his. This isn't an odd request because she spends a lot of time there anyway with his daughter. What happens next is Lindsay getting revenge on her best friend in an oh-so-satisfying way - by having sex with the other girl's dad.
While the story is really short I didn't really feel like I was missing much. I would've preferred one particular thing to happen but the author kind of left it to the imagination and that's okay. It's well edited and the sex scene is pretty hot. I'm a huge fan of books with characters who have a substantial age difference so that was a big plus for me. Probably my only issue with the story as a whole is the exclamation point overload. Otherwise, a good read. ...more
This is an interesting ghost story with a twist. I found it completely by accident while on Amazon and decided to take a chance.4.5 stars, rounded up.
This is an interesting ghost story with a twist. I found it completely by accident while on Amazon and decided to take a chance. I'm glad I did. It's not at all what I was expecting. While the main character (Anne) has a couple of TSTL moments, they didn't really take away from the story as a whole.
Highly recommended if you're looking for a quick horror short. A very entertaining read.
It's common knowledge that I'm a huge Rick R. Reed fan. I've read so many of his books I lost count a long time ago. I'vFull review can be found at -
It's common knowledge that I'm a huge Rick R. Reed fan. I've read so many of his books I lost count a long time ago. I've enjoyed them all. Each one has affected me for one reason or another. One of his horror books - Penance - will go down in my reading history as one of the most disturbing, yet brilliant, books I've ever read. It's one of the few I know I'll never be able to read again. Not because it wasn't a great book but because it affected me so strongly that even now I can't think about it without getting choked up. Big Love affected me just as strongly but for entirely different reasons.
Big Love is about three key characters – Dane, Seth and a teenage boy named Truman Reid. Each character is important but I have to say that it’s been a long time since I’ve had a character get to me like Truman did. I dare anyone to read this book without getting teary at least once in regards to him.
This is a romance but it's so much more than that. Not only is the reader watching Dane and Seth as they come together, but you’re also watching Truman’s story play out, as well as that of Joey and Clarissa, Dane's two children. I admit to wondering how things could possibly come together more than once while reading this book. Of course, I needn't have worried. The resolutions for all the characters were perfect. It didn’t take long into the story to have me crying sad tears. I was crying sappy ones when it ended.
Highly recommended, but be warned. You'll need tissues from pretty much the first page.
This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for a fair and honest review. ...more
If you're already a fan of the author's horror you'll be all over this. Not many can say so much i4.5 stars, rounded up.
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If you're already a fan of the author's horror you'll be all over this. Not many can say so much in only 19 pages but Rick R. Reed always finds a way where the reader is not left wanting. A great horror short.