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Night Chill

(Night Chill #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,318 ratings  ·  214 reviews
From the author of Jack Templar Monster Hunter comes a supernatural thriller for adult audiences. Jack Tremont moves his family to the quiet mountains of Western Maryland hoping to leave behind a troubled past and restart his life. Instead, he finds himself caught up in a nightmare when his daughter Sarah is targeted by Nate Huckley, a mysterious and horrifying stranger dr ...more
Paperback, 437 pages
Published May 31st 2013 by Seven Guns Press (first published May 12th 2013)
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Warning: This book comes with some adrenaline highs! One of the most gripping books I have read in a long time! This book is said to be in the tradition of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Well, this book is not quite to the standards I have for those two but very close. What I can say up front is that after reading this, Jeff Gunhus is well on his way to being one of my favorite authors.

This book wastes no time getting into this. While drinking with a friend Jack witnesses a man get struck by ligh
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of horror without children
Recommended to Katy by: Kriss
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Horror
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of horror who don't have children
Trigger Warnings: danger to children, dying children (due to illness), kidnapping (young women and children), apparent murder attempts, actual murder attempts, murder, torture, mental torture

My Thoughts: Wow, this was a seriously messed-up book! It is absolutely full of triggers to freak out parents, so be warned: if you have children, this will probably freak you out even more than it did me. It i
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received.

Talk about creepiness... This book, once you get past the first 25%, is really awesome to read. It has the mystery and suspense that I love from a thriller mixed with the paranormal scariness (yes, that's a thing haha) I expect from a horror novel. It is nicely written and there were several really powerful scary moments, starting with the moment Jack and his two daughters,
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I see a lot of book synopses that claim works by lesser known authors are King-like or that their writing style is similar to Koontz. I always take these with a grain of salt. But in this case, it is very true. The plot was so deeply layered and well thought out I was half expecting a scene where someone spots Pennywise while driving through Derry, or of someone eating a bologna and Bermuda onion sandwich (has anyone else noticed King's character's obsession with this sandwich?), or that Jack wa ...more
{ U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y }
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Horror lovers
Recommended to { U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y } by: Given to me for a honest review

- My Description -
Jack moves his family from the big city to a smaller city to escape demons from his past.
Little did he know, Demons also dwell in small spaces.

Jack and his two little girls have an unpleasant encounter during a thunderstorm one dark night.

The girls are not sure what they saw, but Jack is pretty sure of it.

Then his youngest daughter, Sarah goes missing.

Jack finds his demons or rather they find him.

- My Review -
This was a pretty chilling read.
Some surprises.
Some twists an
Laura Thomas
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a parent, I was shaken by what happened to Jack and his two young daughters. They stopped at a rest area to wait out a torrential downpour. Rest area = bad things happen here!

While Jack is using the payphone, a man approaches the girls. He thinks he’s gotten rid of the man until he reappears and acts crazier than ever, babbling about needing Sarah, Jack’s youngest daughter. How he must have her.

After a frightening confrontation the man drives away. Listening to his instincts, Jack follows
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Usually the recommendation to read a book or not is at the end of the review, but with this novel I will make an exception: read it! It’s worth it! Perhaps it is classified as horror, which is a bit much. Personally, I think it can be read by a far wider range of readers than the passionate readership. Thriller, as shown in the description is enough. You will get an exciting reading that will make you live intensely alongside the characters from Jeff Gunhus’ story.

A book full of suspense and in
Nicole Hewitt
This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction

3.5/5 Stars

As a fan of Gunhus' Jack Templar middle grade novels, I was really excited to read his adult debut. Night Chill was a difficult book for me to rate because the second half of the book was SO much better than the first for me. Honestly, if I was rating just the second half of the book, I would have given it at least 4.5 stars. The problem was that, while I found the first half of the book interesting and e
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow! When you open this book prepare for a wild ride!!! Terrifying, exciting and unpredictable. This author is very similar to Dean Koontz (who I love by the way) and so now Jeff Gunhus is one of my favorite authors.
I Highly recommend this book.
Lynda Dickson
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 16+
After a traumatic experience in California, Jack Tremont moves to Prescott City with his wife, Lauren, and daughters, Becky and Sarah. Their seemingly idyllic lifestyle is shattered after a chilling late-night encounter with the strange Nate Huckley at a rest stop during a violent storm.

We meet a series of unusual characters, including Max and Kristi Dahl and their children Julie and Jesse (Jack's friends), Albert James (the town drunk), Jim Butcher (the barman at Piper's), the Boss (whose ident
Dayle Lynne
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy
This book has mostly been classified as horror, but I’d put it more in the supernatural thriller category.

“Night Chill” starts off fast-paced and it drew me into the characters and action quickly, but as I read closer toward the middle of the book, there was just so much unnecessary information. They could have cut about 25% of this book and not lost any of the character development or plot. Each chapter follows the perspective of one of the characters and throughout the book, there are about 10
Catie Rhodes
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book because it was advertised as a mix of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I don't necessarily know if I agree with that assessment, but this is a good, well written book with plenty of action and suspense.

The book starts out with a kidnapping. Not long after that, the kidnapper sets his sights on the narrator's youngest daughter. At the same time, a mysterious health epidemic is taking place at the hospital where the narrator's wife works. I just knew it all tied together, but I cou
Kerry Stewart
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
I really enjoyed this book. One scene scared the heebie jeebies out of me and confirmed my fears for rest areas.

I feel like this story was a bit long in the end and could have been wrapped up a little quicker but overall it's a great story!
Sep 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Evil comes to town. Good vs. Evil
The Badger
It's been brought to my attention that my reviews are often "condescending" and "heartless." To my critics, I say, "Whatever, Mom and Dad. That's why you paid for me to get two masters and buy stock in red sharpies."

So... This book was pretty good (OK, Mom--are we happy now?), especially as I'm assuming the author didn't have an editor to bloody up the manuscript with discrepancies and questions that, if answered, would've made this an even better book.

If you haven't read the book, you might wan
Sherry Fundin
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Jack approached Piper’s and acknowledged the drunken man leaning against the wall.

Then SHE said, “Run while you can.”

From that point on, I was off and running, too. Jeff aroused my curiosity and curious minds must know.


I have seen Jeff’s books around, even participated in some tours for him, but this is the first book of his I have read. Because I loved this book, The Templar Chronicles will be added to my TBR list ASAP.

The cover screamed chilly, ghostly.

The writing was so detailed and smo
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, horror
This is a great book of horror. Creepy in all the right ways. Fans of King and Kootz will really enjoy this read. I like them both and I found this to be every bit of scary. The characters in Night Chill have depth and the story is delivered in layers that enfold the reader. I was left wondering how we got here. How could I possibly break this down in a review? Somehow the author pieces all the events, and the many characters together brilliantly.

This book starts off with scary, describing a gir
Night Chill by Jeff Gunhus is a dark tale of one family’s twisted journey through a nightmare of epic proportions as they become the victims of deceit, treachery and the quest for eternal life at any cost. Something is special about Sarah, one of Jack and Lauren’s young daughters and there are those who will stop at nothing to capture and use her for their nefarious purposes. What evil lurks in this small and seemingly quiet town? What demon has one crazed scientist unleashed and why does it wan ...more
Megan  Nicole
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
This review first appeared on Books i View. I recieved an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was initially drawn to this book by two reasons:
1) I liked the fact that the book takes place in my home state of Maryland.

2) I also seen that it was being compared to my favorite author, Stephen King.

It was a no brainier for me to sign up for this tour, and I’m glad I did because this ended up being one of my favorite horror reads of the year.

Jeff Gunhus created a chilling and in
A. Hunt
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Horror Lovers
Recommended to A. by: Jeff Gunhus
(Book given to me by Mr. Gunhus himself!)
When I saw Night Chill, I knew I wanted to read it. The cover, beckoned to me. I had to have it, so I sent a request that went to Mr. Jeff Gunhus directly. I am so happy he did because the book took me on a supernatural journey that compared to the greatest in horror-telling! The man can scare you!

Night Chill is about Jack Tremont and his family. Well no, that's not right. It's about a lot of people. Some very bad people. For reasons unknown, strangers
Rose Wynters
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I saw the description for Night Chill by Jeff Gunhus I just knew it would be an awesome read! It has two elements I really love, which is suspense and the paranormal. The description was just a tiny peek into a book that kept me up all night, it was nearly impossible to lay down!

The author has a way with words that captivates the reader right from the get-go. I love how he starts the book out. He doesn’t just stick a toe in the water, he jumps right in with a huge splash!

Immediately the boo
Kasey Cocoa
Jul 19, 2014 rated it liked it
This one is a mixed bag of really good and a just downright annoying character who ruins the enjoyment. From the start the reader is hooked. You don't want to stop reading, but then you have to endure a supposed intelligent character who does and says the stupidest things. Stupid annoys me and as such ruins the enjoyment for me. If you can overlook this then you'll enjoy this book as it's very well written and is actually suspenseful. The rest of the cast of characters are well fleshed out. The ...more
Tara Bush
Oct 11, 2014 rated it liked it
In my opinion, a good horror novel is about unexplainable phenomena that still has a toe or two in the realm of believability, and a struggle between good and bad (not always evil)... but not gore. This book started that way, but then it took some small forays into gore and a landslide plunge into unbelievability. The author spent a lot of time in the main character's head and presented a likeable guy that I could relate to. His wife, however, wasn't given as much care and I felt she was one-dim ...more
Robert Graves
There's a lot to like about this book, but it's about 100 pages too long. It's an imaginative thriller with superb action sequence, but the pacing suffers from an over-examination of two characters' (Jack and Lauren's) internal conflicts to the point of redundancy. I'd say there's around 100 pages of the novel's characters second-guessing themselves for the upmteenth time and slipping into over-woven internal monologues that repeat themselves and too clearly show the fingerprints of the author m ...more
Drue DePompei-Hoffman
Set in Maryland, Jack Tremont and his family moved away from the hustle and bustle of California for what they feel is a better quality of family life. That is until weird things start happening.

Jack gets a warning from the well-known town vagrant and then the vagrant is struck by lightning and issues Jack another warning, someone is after his daughter. But who or what is the question.

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Mallory Chambers
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was not the sort of book I would normally read. I love mystery and suspense, but supernatural isn't really my style. That being said, I was blown away by my inability to tear myself away from this book. Gunhus has an amazing ability to captivate his reader and leave you thirsty for more. I found myself fighting sleep and then waking up before the sun came up just to be able to read more. I have been waiting for something I couldn't put down since Intensity by Dean Koontz, and this fill ...more
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I started Jeff Gunhus' NIGHT CHILL as a buddy read, however, I had to finish this book!
We were looking for an honestly creepy read since its October, I was definitely not disappointed. A lot of horror/thriller books start out scary, then get really stupid. This is absolutely not the case with NIGHT CHILL. You will be creeped out and you will stay creeped out! Lots of twists you won't see coming will have you on the edge of your seat.
This is one case where if there were more than 5 stars, I would
Alice Bye
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was a rollercoaster. So many ups and downs, feels and twists. I'd recommend this to anyone who is a horror fan. The first few chapters had me hooked, as well as the rest of the book. It was hard to put it down because I wanted to know what will happen. There are sensitive topics for people to read, if you get triggered by kidnapping, children dying, sacrifices, and other things, precede with caution.
Jennifer Giles Hinojosa
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book from the very start. The characters were well developed and felt like people you would know in your everyday life. The story flowed along seamlessly and had me putting off sleep to finish it. This author is fantastic and I hope he has more to come. Anyone who is a fan of Koontz or King should give Jeff Gunhus a try. You will not be disappointed.
Jenny Whetzel
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the first time I have read this author's work and I feel safe to say that this will not be the last. One cannot get too bored reading this because it is PACKED with action. As soon as something ended, something else popped up! I thought the author did a pretty good job with details as well, especially with the cave scenes.
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Jeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books are available in several languages, been Foreword Reviews Book of t ...more

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