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You don't read the book. It reads you.

Rumors of a deadly book have been floating around the dark corners of the deep web. A disturbing tale about a mysterious figure who preys on those who read the book and subjects them to a world of personalized terror. Jesse Wheeler--former guitarist of the heavy metal group The Rising Dead--was quick to discount the ominous folklore as
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Paperback, 230 pages
Published March 14th 2019 by Flame Tree Press
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✨Sumi's Books✨
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Oiy vey! 🙄
"Rumors of a deadly book have been floating around the dark corners of the deep web. A disturbing tale about a mysterious figure who preys on those who read the book and subjects them to a world of personalized terror. Jesse Wheeler--former guitarist of the heavy metal group The Rising Dead--was quick to discount the ominous folklore associated with the book. It takes more than some urban legend to frighten him. Hell, reality is scary enough. Seven years ago his greatest responsibility
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Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
This is a tough book to review. My feelings are that books of this nature are extremely subjective to reader preferences. You're either going to love it or hate it.
My guess is there won't be many reviews that fall somewhere in the middle.
The business I co-own, Night Worms, agreed to help Brian Kirk with some experimental promotional material for the book prior to its release. It was all the promotional material that led me to assume certain things about the book that I now believe set some expec
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Lisa
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
My thanks, once again to Flame Tree Press, the author and Netgalley. I wasn't in much of a hurry to start this book after all the dreadful reviews I'd read, But, I had heard good things about the author's other stories. I liked the beginning of the book. The band getting back together for one last show. They sucked before, and they sucked again! My ex-husband was a drummer and co-lead singer in a band when we met. If you knew me now, "boring Lisa" as compared to ....you'd realize how outrageous ...more
Donna Backshall
Will Haunt You is an offbeat novel about Jesse, a former rocker. He's lived a hard life, and he's doing his best to live up to who he wants to be, and to move beyond who he has been. One night after a reunion with his old band mates, Jesse finds himself in the middle of a nightmarish situation that dredges up the past he's trying to leave behind and brings fresh terror to his life.

If you've read House of Leaves, you may appreciate the staccato writing style of Brian Kirk. I struggled through Hou
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
When Jesse decides to read a very disturbing book he's been hearing strange tales about, he doesn't expect anything to actually HAPPEN to him. It's just a book, right? Tell that to the strange men who have kidnapped him, or the terrifying place he's awoken in, with its awful, cruel doctors and guards. Will you make the same mistake Jesse made by reading this book?

Alright, friends, this is a tough review to write — not because my feelings are ambiguous about this book, but because some of my
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Emily
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
"Turn the page and he'll be there, watching you."

I don't even know what to say about this book. I had been looking forward to it, especially since the pre-release marketing was intriguing. The synopsis sounded interesting, but this book went in a different direction than it seemed like it was going to go in. Sometimes this works, and sometimes it doesn't.

I guess I would call this book experimental horror. I'm still not entirely sure what the experiment was - my friend Audra / ouija.doodle.read
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Kimberly
2.5 stars.

WILL HAUNT YOU, by Brian Kirk, is a novel that had a spectacular marketing line: "You don't read this book. It reads you."

Along with that, there was a "prequel story", of sorts, that could be found on some sites. The allure of a book that materialized out from nowhere, and ended up with the reader ultimately listed as a "missing person", was a concept I was excited to read about.

I mention this, because the expectations it gave led me to expect something quite "supernatural" and "ha
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Toni | Dark Reads
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-kindle-tbr
This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review, thanks to Flame Tree Press, Brian Kirk and NetGalley.

4.5 Stars!
I really enjoyed this book, being narrated in the first person is a huge plus for me, it gives a real insight into Jesse’s character and thoughts as he is plunged in to a relentless living nightmare that exploits he deepest darkest thoughts, secrets and mistakes and forces him to face them head on.

The beginning of the book was brilliantly creepy, I was hooked
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Josh
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Will Haunt You is pure unadulterated horror.

Through a Haze of distorted reality, the reader becomes part of the story, following a steady progression into madness along with the characters.

For Jesse Wheeler, a retired band member of an almost famous rock group, the horror begins with an unfortunate incident which results in his young son sustaining injuries leaving him permanently disabled. Despite being able to salvage his marriage and continue caring for his son, Jesse’s mistakes fail to remai
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Mindi
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I've been reading some reviews and I'm noticing a lot of people are making comparisons to House of Leaves. I loved House of Leaves, and I know that quite a few people really did not. Some of my closest friends really dislike that novel. I never made that comparison while reading Will Haunt you, but I can see it after the fact.

Essentially, I love books with a bit of ambiguity in the ending. It's really like an invitation b
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Michael Hicks
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
My review of Will Haunt You can be found at High Fever Books.

Aging rocker, Jesse, has a bit of a problem. A mysterious radio broadcast fills his ears moments before his car crashes, and he finds himself fleeing into the nearby woods, chased by identical twins and strange creatures. It’s a lousy way to end a night that should have been spent celebrating the final performance of his band, Rising Dead. A recovering alcoholic, he should have been sipping seltzer and getting home early to his wife an
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Glenn Rolfe
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brian Kirk is a man that writes like no other. His horror is psychological, complex, and freaky.
One man's dark secret will come to light, and his life and that of his family will be on the line.
WILL HAUNT YOU is original and mind-bending. Not your typical horror novel, this one will turn your brain upside down and spin you right round, baby.!

4.5 stars!
Recommended.
Jessaca Willis
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
W A R N I N G
I read a book much like the one you’re holding now. And this is what happened to me. Don’t make the same mistake. Please, put it down. Or better yet, throw it away. This is your last warning. Turn the page, and you’re on your own. Actually, that’s not true. Turn the page and he’ll be there, watching you.


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And that’s how you start a novel!

3.5 stars

I enjoyed a lot of this book! The opening scenes were creepy and terrifying, and had me looking over my shoulder anytim
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Frank Errington
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review copy

I finished reading Brian Kirk's latest novel over a week ago and put off writing my review to allow this story time to gel in my mind. Or, maybe ferment is a better word. The whole concept of Will Haunt You is a bit of a mind-altering experience.

I've taken the liberty of paraphrasing the story's synopsis, it does a better job of explaining the premise than I ever could...

Rumors of a deadly book have been floating around the corners of the dark web. A tale about a mysterious figure who
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Helen Power
Will Haunt You is a mind-bending horror novel about a book that delivers the readers’ greatest fears upon themselves. What an amazing concept.
At times the writing is convoluted and nonsensical, and I think the writing would have benefited from a little more focus, pinpointing individual fears rather than relying on a strong writing style and sense of dysequilibrium--both in the writing style and in what was happening--to deliver most of the horror to the reader. This was effective at times, but
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Bridgett
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Well, that was odd.

WARNING: I read a book much like the one you're holding now. And this is what happened to me. Don't make the same mistake. Please, put it down. Or better yet, throw it away. This is your last warning. Turn the page, and you're on your own. Actually, that's not true. Turn the page and he'll be there, watching you.

I guess I'm being watched now because I ::gasp:: turned the page.

Okay, so I honestly don't know what to say about this story...it's weird, it's confusing,
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Well Read Beard
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books
I have heard a lot of books defined as a "Roller Coaster Ride" - this book met that definition for me more than any other. A truly wild ride through rock and roll, abduction and alcoholism. The kick with this book is that it is written from the perspective that by reading it, you are opening yourself up to the villain. That now, you are next, you are being watched. So listen, if you are planning on reading this book, late at night. Make sure that you don't have someone coming over, a late night ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

You don't read the book. It reads you. Rumors of a deadly book have been floating around the dark corners of the deep web. A disturbing tale about a mysterious figure who preys on those who read the book and subjects them to a world of personalized terror. Jesse Wheeler--former guitarist of the heavy metal group The Rising Dead--was quick to discount the ominous folklore associated with the book. It takes more than some urban lege
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Jamie
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Will Haunt You was an enjoyable read for me. There was a fair amount of creepy social media publicity for this book, and I think that added to the experience for me. For me, the highlights of this novel were the characters, pacing, and the sense of unease throughout the story. I felt invested in Jesse's story, and cared about the well-being of his family.

While I do enjoy a slow-burn story at times, I'm typically a reader who prefers a fast-paced tale. Will Haunt You picks up rather quickly, wit
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Cassie Lola (holo.reader)
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Special thanks to Flame Tree Press for providing an ARC of 'WILL HAUNT YOU' in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars (rounded to 4 due to Goodreads' inability to acknowledge half-star scorings -- when will this be a thing?!)

Starting off, I'd seen a lot of hype surrounding this release on the blogs of some people whose reviews I typically follow. Oddly, when looking through the reviews for this, I'm not actually seeing many of those who promoted it reviewing it (at least, not yet - it is slated
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Mommacat
Jan 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
Review Copy

An interesting book to start out with, but I quickly got bored. And then...AND THEN the author pulled what I felt was a fast one. He gathered up a bunch of his blogger friends and asked them to post a prequel to this book on their blogs (presumably to garner excitement) as well as explain wtf was going on in this silly story.

Now as I said, read on its own you could figure the story out without the prequel. But I don't like starting in the middle of a book or walking late into a movie
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Steve Stred
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

Over the course of 2018 and now into 2019 two things have become abundantly clear. Indie horror releases have upped the level of quality and Flame Tree Press releases are stellar. Now while the two statements at face value would appear to be completely unrelated, I can guarantee you, they are one and the same.

There is nothing wrong with commercial literature. Many of the best horror novels of all time are considered commercial literature. But
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Cheryl
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
I picked up a copy of this book because I was in the mood for a good horror novel. It has been a really long time since I have read a good horror novel. Sadly, this book did not end up being that "one. Yet, the concept was there and could have been.

It is funny as I was struggling with this book and kept putting it down after a few chapters not really able to put my finger on what the issue was. I knew that the one thing was that I could not connect or cared for the characters including the main
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Lou
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
“The only question is how the story ends for you. Because it’s only just begun.”

The ride will begin and into forbidden frontiers, irreversible realms, lies, frighting abominations and tellings, trapped in a vicious cycle of torment and wrongs doings all played before you whilst in the mind of another, a maniac mind, replaying nostalgia painful and regretful, truth or falsehood. 

The main characters escape to safety, to normality, from all the craziness and outrage ensuing, keeps you tied in to th
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Michelle
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Meet Jesse, a former member of a heavy metal band who reads a book with a warning, the same warning that was in my copy, your warned to put the book down, to throw it away. Or it will haunt you. Like me, Jesse read the book.

If Alice was in a rock band I have a feeling she would have tumbled down the same hole as Jesse.

This book is weird, it's pretty upside down and sideways. I was really unsure throughout if I was engaged in this book, if I was enjoying it, having now finished the book I'm sure
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Kristy
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
**Thank you to NetGalley and Flame Tree Press for a free e-copy of Will Haunt You in exchange for an honest review.**

Jesse was a bad boy rocker with a penchant for booze and drugs until one night his life changes forever. Under his drunken watch, his infant son suffers a head injury that causes permanent brain damage. Jesse's guilt forces him to quit his heavy metal band, alcohol and drugs. Seven years later, the band gets back together to play for one night at a bar. Jesse manages to stay sober
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Lukasz
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, horror
Great idea, strong beginning, uninspiring execution.

A heavy metal band, The Rising Dead, reforms for a gig. Jesse Wheeler-a former guitarist of the group - used to plat mean guitar solos and have fun. Things changed when he accidentally injured his son, leaving him permanently disabled. He destroyed his son's future and his career.

His past comes to hunt him in surreal dreams and vignettes. A lot is going on and most of it feels unclear, chaotic and unexplained. Some readers will find it hauntin
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Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
I felt let down by the premise of this book. It seems like it is going to be a story about this strange haunted book that, Ringu-style, after you read it, you are sort of screwed and weird, horrifying stuff starts happening to you. But that really isn’t what this book is about at all. The haunted book part felt secondary to the rest of the plot, almost tacked on.

Reading this book is definitely a wacky mind trip—you won’t know what’s coming next and when it does come, you’ll only be able to think
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Laura Thomas
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I had high hopes going into this. The synopsis sounded creepy. And while I did get plenty of that, I also got some bizarre scenes. It was hard, at first, to see where the author was going with his story. Once I figured that out, kind of, I kept thinking this would work so much better as a movie. The plot was out there and hard to follow by reading. I enjoyed some parts, especially the twist at the end. Other parts, not so much. I was left wishing I’d gotten more of what I thought this was going ...more
Aly
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This book was creepy and odd and very interesting to read. I enjoyed it very much. I love a good scary book or movie. This book even had a little something extra. "This book was given to me for free at my request from Netgalley and I provided this voluntary review."
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Brian Kirk is a Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author of dark thrillers and psychological suspense. His debut novel, WE ARE MONSTERS, was released in July 2015. In addition to being nominated for a Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, WE ARE MONSTERS was optioned for film development by Executive Producer, Jason Shuman.

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