The dysfunctional Keene family awaken one Saturday to find several strangers and neighbours staring at their home. Events turn more bizarre when more hypnotised strangers arrive, all seemingly transfixed with those within the Keene household. As the ominous crowd gathers and grows larger by the hour the K ...more
You see, here's the thing. I get a bunch of emails every week from authors asking me to review their books and, more often than not, those who contact me this way tend to be ones I've never heard of before. So I open up the goodreads pages for their books, check out the description and browse the reviews. And I would estimate that about 10% intrigue me enough to make me start reading beyond the basic description; just one in ten co ...more
And I so wanted to love this. I could say that perhaps I am just not the target audience for this story, but in truth I loved the concept.
A man, Dylan and his brother return to Dylan’s home late, after a night of drinking. They do not notice an old man, standing at the bus stop, in the rain, motionless, until they get inside, when Dylan spots him from his window and wonders when th ...more
The Keene family awakens one morning like any other day, but there’s a strange man standing at the bus stop that was there last night. Things get weirder when neighbors and townspeople start surrounding the house in a hypnotized trance. The crowd grows bigger and bigger and the Keene family finds themselves under siege. Will the family be able to find the cause of the Starers or make it out alive? I probably would’ve never even been slightly interested in this...more
Even the bent and twisted young lad smeared across the tarmac outside his house, bubbles of blood blew from his nose as the breath left his punctured lungs, eyes fixed wide, yet remaining as calm as a stoned Buddha, despite his probable broken spine and multiple fractures.
All of them were staring blankly at the house.
And so begins the creepy, darkly humorous, Starers by Nathan Ro ...more
Dylan Keene first notices an old man at the bus stop outside of his house really late on a Friday night and thinks to himself "I wonder what time the last bus is?" But he ends up brushing it off and goes back to playing video games. The next morning starts off like any normal Saturday ...more
I'm happy I got this book. It is a simple premise, but the characters are so well drawn and the story so bizarre that it sucks you right in and doesn't let go.
This is the kind of book that comes along now and then (not often enough!) that sort of floors you; makes you realize that there are some quirky original authors that pop up and sideswipe your expectations. This is why I love to read.
I heart ...more
A copy of this book was offered to me by the author in exchange for an honest review
I'll start with what I didn't like and what made me give this only 4 stars: too short. I understand that the story was meant to be seen only from the family's point of view, but the idea was really original and I'm sure the author knows more about "this evil" than we are presented with in this short novel. So please, tell us more. I want a second part.
The development of the s ...more
I loved the 'staring' concept, absolutely brilliant and chilling too! Can you imagine waking up to more and more people just simply staring at you when you look outside? Gives me the creeps!
This one is truly worth a read if you like your horror with a ...more
This one’s going to be hard to review without spoilers, so this may be a little disjointed. But that’s a symptom of Starers…..
… here we go.
First of all I LOVED IT! This is just the type of book I like to read. Straight into the story, action to action, no long internal dialogues, or weird sequences that you want to skip (I do that a lot with books), just a gripping ...more
I love zombies. I devour anything zombie related. From movies to books to video games even iPhone cases, if it says zombies, I'm in. This book was in my wishlist way before the author sent me a copy in exchange for an honest review so I was ecstatic that he would even consider me as I normally rate a book instead of reviewing it.
Starers tell the story of the Keenes, an ordinary family with similar issues as everyone else, and t ...more
This is the interesting premise of Starers, and the idea was very well executed in the beginning. And I say in the beginning, because I didn't like the second half ...more
I have to admit that the first thing that caught my eye was the cover, colorful and strange at the same time, but as soon as a read the blurb I was captivated.
What would you do if all of a sudden you were being watched by a person, constantly, and as time goes by, people start gathering around your house, and do the same, just stare at you? Without eating, drinking, moving… just stare at you.
This horror story narrates the events at the house of the Keene family. The actio ...more
In short, here is my synopsis and reasons for such a mark:
So this book is about your typical family with a typical father -Dylan- who is constantly working, a daughter -Lucy- who is being a b*tch about everything and a mother -Kirsty- ...more
I'm horror/thriller movie fan, not so much a horror style book fan, but you know when a book and the writing is so good that the entire book plays out in your mind's eye. This was that kind of book.
There were some iconic scenes that you could picture from a camera angle, the storm in the background, the electric hum and the family huddled together. It was vivid moments l ...more
The Starers, in essence, is a quite a creepy read. I'm sure that most people have had that feeling when you just know that you're being stared at, right? Sometimes you catch who it is and sometimes you have no bloody clue but you just know that you're being watched. Welcome to The Starers.
What I liked
•The plot was fast paced and filled with action. I suspect that if it wasn’t for the plot, I wouldn’t have enjoyed this novel as much, but I’ll get to that l ...more
I’ve been reading horror stories since I was dexterous enough to hold both a flashlight and a book under the covers. I’m hard to scare. Starers creeped me right the %$!@# out.
The plot is deceptively simple. Dylan Keene and his brother Len are a couple of average, working-class guys. They hit the pub at the end of the week, get drunk with friends, clos ...more
A good magician should, however, never revealed his tricks and the old saying should be extended ...more
The story takes place in a condensed timeframe and setting, creating a claustrohobia that grows with the heat and the smell. It was an entertaining story that ...more
Dylan Keene is heading home from a night at the pub, his deadbeat brother in tow. Standing at the bus stop across the street from the house is an old man. Dylan doesn’t give him much thought – but he’s st ...more
Well, I honestly enjoyed it!
The Keene family is a blue collar working class British family. They have their share of problems. 12 year old Lucy getting in trouble at school. Stay at home mom Kristy has some issues with depression. Father Dylan drinks a little too much and struggles with the resentment he feels towards his dreary life. Brother Lennon is a moochy layabout. But they all ...more
But when hes at home the action begins and dont stop until the end. In fact, after the end, the action still goes.
What I wasn ...more
Dylan Keene - The dad of Lucy, the husband of Kirsty and the brother of Leonard. Dylan seems to be the only one that isn't a bit off their rocker.
Kristy Keene - The runner up in the race for wife. She's a bit neurotic and can't seem to put her big girl panties on in difficult or taxing situations.
Lucy Keene - The 12 year old daughter of Dylan and Kristy who is going on 21 years old. She has a mouth that could make a sailor blush and the attitude that would ...more
While the premise is interesting, the novel itself doesn’t live up to ...more
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