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The Torment Of Rachel Ames

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  651 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Suffering from writer’s block, novelist Rachel Ames escapes to a lake cabin to calm her mind and regain a sense of herself. The location is perfect. Isolated. Beautiful. Inspiring. It even comes with a good-looking landlord who shows an interest in her. But she can’t shake the sense that something terrible has followed her to the lake, something just beyond her consciousne ...more
Paperback, 170 pages
Published November 10th 2015 by Seven Guns Press
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John Wiltshire
Jan 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
I've giving this one another go. I started it, couldn't get on with it at all because of the first person, present tense narrative and terrible dialogue, but I'm running out of books to read. I've deleted my one-star review and I'll stick with it to the end this time and update my review when I'm done.
Huh. My initial instincts were right. I hated this. I did finish it, but, oh, I was so bored.
Do you know that experience when a friend says, "Hey, I had the weirdest dream last night," and then pro
 Simply Sam ツ
This one is short and is considered a novella at only 170 pages or so, but it packs a bit of punch in its brevity. While this book ended up being very similar to the other psychological thriller-ish book that I just completed, Twisted, it was also different in a pretty fundamental way that made it feel like something new.

One one hand, I could say that I saw the ending coming but, at the same time, I never saw that ending coming. Though some parts were a tad predictable and transparent, there we
Heather Blair
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Soooo, I had to think about how to review this. Obviously I loved it, but this was neither a light, nor fast read, despite being a novella. The use of language was gorgeous. I used my highlighter more in this story alone than I have for probably the last half year.

"And what if you don't like who you are? What if your experiences create a person you don't like? What then?"

'She rubs until her skin glows pink and wonders if she kept going whether the bar of soap would eventually act as an eraser a
In THE TORMENT OF RACHEL AMES, you get the feeling that something is very wrong right from the first page. However, the beauty of it lies in the fact that we have to take the entire journey with Rachel before we can discover just “how” wrong things are.

We begin with Rachel Ames, a struggling writer, on her way to a secluded cottage–clearly battling some inner demons of her own. On her first night there, she meets a cantankerous old man, Granger, with a cottage across the lake from hers. His part
Sherry Fundin
She had two options – forward or back.

Against her better judgment, onward it is.

Is she running away from something or toward something?

I love Rachel’s morbid sense of humor and hope it will carry her through what is to come.

I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when she flipped off Underwood.

Her destination – the cabin.

The ramshackle condition of the cabin is a perfect setting for what is to come.

John, the landlord is there to greet her. Granger and Ollie share his warnings.

Are they good? Are they
Angie Hay
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-books, audible
What a ride through a mind! I actually had to walk away after I finished listening to it and read an article that was normal. Highly recommend this if you want to be on the edge of your seat wondering what the eff is going on! The descriptions of the animals and characters in this book were super odd and scary in a sense. Towards the end of the book, you figure out why and what is happening to cause such odd details Jeff delivers.

This book put me slightly on edge.
The Behrg
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This one sort of went down and then got caught in my throat ... then you try to swallow a bunch of water to flush whatever's lodged in there out to the point that you're not sure even when it does go down, whether it did go down completely, until you're just imagining there's still something stashed in that little pipe and contemplate pouring a glass of drain cleaner to really cleanse the palette.

Interesting concept that self-sabotages the twist ending in the way its told. There's some definite
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC from the author for my review.

I've read and enjoyed Jeff Gunhus' Templar series and enjoyed this even more. The Torment of Rachel Ames is outside of my normal juvenile fiction genre, but this book had me caught through out. I read it in a short session and went through many emotions from excitement, to suspense to utter heart ache. I can't think of a book I've read that the title is SO appropriate. I highly recommend others to read this book regardless of their genre prefera
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC from the author for my review. Rachel, a noted writer whose last booked bombed, is running from something. Was she a murderer, a witness or something worse? (I won't tell you - you must read it, it truly is a page turner.) She rents a remote cabin to be alone and strange things happen. She appears to be the target of vicious pranksters. The unexplained events plaguing Rachel become clear in the last chapter and you understand that she can never stop running. I read this in on ...more
Raeden Zen
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook. I did not like the narrator - she sounded like Joey Lauren Adams (actress in Chasing Amy), which is not a bad thing, just did not work for this type of story (a combination of mystery, thriller, horror) - seemed a better fit for a romance. If you cannot get past that, read the story. It starts out very slow, however, stick with it as the payoff is worth it. Very good ending.
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm not quite sure what to think about this one.....for a while I was like WTH is going on and why am i reading this. But the last chapter made it worth it! Great job was not expecting that at all! ...more
Agnes (BookBubbe)
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novelist Rachel Ames goes to a lake cabin to calm her mind and regain a sense of herself. The location is perfect. Just what she needed for her writer's block. But she can’t shake the sense that something terrible has followed her to the lake, something just beyond her consciousness, something out on the edge where the sounds of a raging fire and sirens linger whenever she slows down to listen.

She tries to give the place a chance but then strange things begin to happen. One does not know if she
Mary Ellen  Garza
I was given a ARC copy of this book by the writer. And in return, I just have to give a honest review.

Rachel Ames goes to a secluded cabin since she is a novelist writer who lately has not been able to write. Rachel rents the cabin from John who is a very handsome and Rachel feels an attraction to him. Rachel meets her only neighbor, Horace Granger, who is very mysterious and can appear out of nowhere which makes Rachel very uneasy.

One day while walking, Rachel encounters a man whose name is Wi
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novelist Rachel Ames has writers block. Rachel is on her way to secluded cottage that she is renting. In the backseat, were her two best friends, Underwood and Jack. Rachel hope that being in a peaceful and quiet environment will help her to write again. Rachel meets her neighbor from across the lake, his name is Granger. Granger is a very strange person and he can appear out of nowhere. Rachel feels very uncomfortable with Granger hanging around. Granger tells Rachel, if the cottage tells you s ...more
Kimber Wheaton
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

This book is hard for me to review. It was one of those stories that dragged me in, shook me up, and left me rather sad. I loved Rachel-- she had a wicked sense of humor. The plot sucked me in immediately, all the strange things occurring in the mysterious cabin on the lake. When I realized where the author was taking me, I wanted to stop reading- didn't want to experience Rachel's heartbreak. But it was too late. I was along f
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy for an honest and unbiased review.

The book is so appropriately named. The whole story is about the torment Rachel undergoes in the form of her visions and memories. The beginning was quite attention grabbing with the perfect wrongness of the situation. It had me eagerly turning the pages to know more and try to figure out all the details of Rachel and her life.

I read the book in a single sitting. That's how immersing and haunting the book was. The author has perfectly sho
Oct 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Really fun novella. Maybe somewhat predictable but it was enjoyable! The narration was unusual. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t.
Chad Lorion
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a piece of fiction shorter than a full-length novel. The Torment of Rachel Ames, by Jeff Gunhus, is a novella, clocking in at 167 pages. And it’s just the right length. On his Amazon page, Mr. Gunhus says he didn’t set out to write a novella. He set out to write a story, and the story would dictate how long it should be. This story is just the right length.

Rachel Ames is a writer suffering writer’s block. But that’s not all she’s suffering, no sireee, not by
Kay Covington
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
I have no idea why this book has received all the 4 and 5 star ratings. This deserves no where NEAR ratings that high. There is nothing original here. It is very reminiscent of an extended Twilight Zone episode. Thankfully it was a very quick listen at just over 4 hours. However, the narrator read entirely too slow and made it seem longer. If you are not an avid reader this wouldn’t be a bad read(I’d skip the audio)but it’s certainly not the best and there are way better stories out there. I’m g ...more
Jeanette Melton
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It does take the reader to some dark and eerie places leaving you wondering where you’ll end up. I didn’t want to stop until I figured that out.
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely speechless! I have never read a book with so much twists & turns & ‘OMG wait what?!’ moments and I have over 200! I love to read but my heart & passion belongs to writing. The way Rachel talks about going away, to be alone to write I can whole heartily relate to, and as you read on it just gets crazier. Why does John keep checking up on Rachel? Why did Granger tell her that if the cabin tries to tell her something that it won’t always be the truth? Why is Ollie sweeping the fores ...more
Jaideep Khanduja
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it

Book Review: The Torment of Rachel Ames by Jeff Gunhus: A Perfect Psychological Thriller #RACHELAMES

The Torment of Rachel Ames by Jeff Gunhus is an engrossing psychological thriller. The thriller is about a novelist Rachel Ames who is struggling to find out her peace of mind. During this struggle, there are many twists and turns. She decides to move to a cabin near the lake to spend some time and regain her from the writer’s block. Although the place is fa
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No. I need a closure or I am not young/old enough to understand this kind of literature. It was as if something got stuck in my throat and I had to get this thing down but it is still stuck as I had no clue what was happening. The guy rents a place then Rachel starts seeing weird things like birds with mouth of humans and wolves attacking her at night. This actually happened and she tried to shoot them so she saw a wall and realised that there’s something behind it so she breaks and sees a door. ...more
Linda Strong
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Rachel Ames is an author suffering from writer's block. She finds herself in her car along with her trusty typewriter, an old Underwood, and a bottle of Jack Daniels. She feels something is wrong, but she knows she must keep going forward no matter what.

Arriving at the dilapidated cabin, she meets John, who looks at her with tears in his eyes. She meets Willie who is sweeping the leaves from the forest floor. And then there's Granger, the old man with lots of secrets.

Things begin to really get s
Mary Malka
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this advance reader copy from the author in exchange for my review. I was not familiar with Jeff Gunhus before and, to be honest, I wasn't expecting much based on the book summary. I actually compared it to the movie "The Resident" with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hillary Swank, which I assure you is not even remotely what this book is like. If anything the vibe becomes increasingly Memento-esque until you reach the dramatic reveal.

Rachel is running from some ominous past that is not clea
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book Review originally published here:

In The Torment of Rachel Ames, novelist Rachel Ames suffers from writer’s block. In an effort to get back into the groove, she travels to a lake cabin. It seems like the perfect location: isolated, but inspiring and beautiful. However, Rachel doesn’t feem comfortable. She senses something is wrong, just beyond her consciousness, something she can’t quite grasp. She tries to give life at the cabin a shot, but soon enou
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, read-in-2015
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review *

I hate to give away spoilers in a review, so this may be hard to do - The Torment of Rachel Ames could not be a more fitting title for this book.

From the start we are very aware that Rachel is running from something, but we aren't told what initially. She is heading to a remote cabin with her trusty typewriter, after her last book was pretty much a bust she makes the decision to head to the cabin to write. Or that was the plan an
Freda Mans-Labianca
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Totally a good thing though! Especially since about halfway through I wasn't even sure I would like it at all. But I do.
Rachel is weird, intelligent and filled with so much torment. It's hard to know what is real and what's made up sometimes. The pieces of the story that you think might be too freaky start to make sense though.
If I had been through what Rachel had, I'd probably be half-cocked too. As anyone would, I think.
Turns out this was a creeptastic tale, and one I rather enjoyed. If
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
Tough book to rate

I spent most of this book confused (which is to be expected) and not really liking what I was reading (which was disappointing). Then I hit the last chapter. Suddenly everything made sense and I was willing to forgive all the stuff I didn't like because it was good enough to make me cry. Then I got to the last few paragraphs. And I hated the book thoroughly. So I have no idea if my rating is fair. But it's the best I can do. One note, though. The audio version is terrible. Seri
Rebecca R. Cave
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That ending though...

Good book with an ending i honestly didn't expect. By the end, I was rooting for Rachel...that ending...surprising and heartbreaking. Definitely not what I was expecting.
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Jeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade series, The Jack 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 ...more

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