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Grey Skies

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Roman Toguri finds himself burying the body of a nun in Boone, North Carolina. As the skies darken and it begins to storm, he is forced to shove the corpse into his trunk and take it home for the night, unaware of the torment that playing God will bestow upon him.

Enter Hell with two bonus short stories: The White Shade, an ultra-violent look into the mind of a mass shooter
Paperback, 228 pages
Published June 9th 2019 by Barnes & Noble Press
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Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Going into this book all I knew was that the author was 18 year old William Becker and I was about to read a tale of a man who finds himself having to bury a dead nun.
With my ears piqued at the curiosity of this, I didn’t want to hold my hopes too high.
Well I was more than pleasantly surprised by this one!

At first the nun seems to hold no real bearing on the story. It’s raining so Roman Toguri can’t bury her so decides to throw her in the trunk of his car and head for home.
This is where life as
May 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn’t for me at all. I embrace reading new authors and actually, one of my outstanding book bingo categories is to find a book that scares me. On the face of it, ‘Grey Skies’ seems to be the perfect fit. Instead, I was weirded-out, horrified and sickened by the grossness of the horror that Becker presented. This is the sort of book that plays on your mind and for me, this was not a pleasant outcome of my reading.

Spiders, gore, blood, sewers and weird scenes: this book has it all, and
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, review-copies
We first meet Roman as he is burying a dead body, but it is not clear why he is doing it. When he goes home, he sees that there is something wrong with his house. Spiders crawl inside the rooms and there is a large hole in the ground. Roman steps through the hole, and into a nightmare. We follow him as he navigates his way through strange places, his memories mixing the present and the past.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book! The writing is vivid and detailed, and I felt that I was immedia
Kaili (Owl Book World)
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Grey skies is really good. It's not easy to creep me out but the little parts dealing with spiders got to me. The beginning of the book I was a tad bit confused on what exactly was going on but as I dug deeper into the book the more I started to enjoy it! ...more
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grey skies begins with Roman Toguri burying a dead body of a nun. It seems that he doesn’t have any idea how she died but he knows that she is his ex-wife friend. As the story unfolds, we learn the different aspects of Roman’s life.

This book manages to creep me out of my comfort zone, in a good way of course. There are a lot of twists that make me wonder, “What the hell is happening here?”, several times. I can’t even put myself in Roman’s shoes. That’s how terrified I am while reading this book
Stephanie (the nerdy princess)
I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review

We first meet Roman as he is burying a dead body, but it is not clear why he is doing it. not knowing why a friend of his ex-wife has been murdered However, the weather prompts him to just put her in his trunk and take her home. When he goes home, he sees that there is something wrong with his house. SPIDERS… *
This is where he starts seeing things/ flashing backs which we could probably say are hallucinations. This
Valerie (Cats Luv Coffee)
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
The story begins with a man and a body — not the most auspicious way to start your day, is it? The problem is he doesn't remember how she came to be dead. He remembers that she is a friend of his ex-wife, but has no idea what happened to her. In a case of extreme panic, decides to bury her himself. (I mean, really, hiding the body is the first thing you should do if you are innocent.) However, in the pouring down rain, he realizes this is not to be and places her in the trunk of his car to be di ...more
Amy Dong
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you want to travel to the darkest depths of the human mind, this is the book for you! The White Shade is the perfect combination of vivid descriptions and engaging plot as it delves into the motives of a mass shooter. Additionally, the Black Box does not dissapoint with equally immersive descriptions and plot that is characteristic of the author's style. And Grey Skies is what is truly important here. It's the novel's main attraction. Spine-chilling, mysterious, and thrilling, it's a masterpi ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a breath of fresh air in the horror genre of literature. I greatly enjoyed this novel and was impressed by the maturity, dexterity and precision of William's writing; one of the key assets of this book is its staggering and meticulous attention to detail. Will has a fine eye for detail and manages to weave countless seemingly trivial threads to form a complete, cohesive and extraordinarily complex body of work.

The depth with which he characterises Roman left me floored and reading
Regal  Leaves
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
The story is loosely held together by seemingly unrelated bad things happening to a man that found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s not until flashbacks are introduced that we can make sense of the narrative and start to piece things together. In some ways this is effective as it adds the level of mystery but I believe it was overused especially as we got towards the middle without any real answers only a string of clues pointing us in different directions. The psychological el ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A dark, creepy and twisted psychological thriller

Terrific storytelling by young horror author.
You can explore the darker world with a main plot and bonus two short stories.
Well narrated.
Vivid detail of weird, horrific and creepy incidents which will make you wonder if the character is hallucinating or happening in real.
Cryptic messages exist in between chapters where they do not distract you from the reading.
Strange men and creatures haunt you.
An engaging book which makes you bite your nails an
Jessica Bronder
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Roman Toguri is getting ready to bury a nun when it starts to rain and he stashes her in his trunk and goes home. But when he gets home things go weird and to the next level. We follow along with Roman as he has delusions, or visions, or memories. All are gory and messed up but as you follow along with him you wonder what really happened to him.

I was instantly hooked from the beginning and wanted to know what Roman was doing with a dead nun. Then the story took a dark and very twisted turn as w
Zarin Safa
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐲 𝐒𝐤𝐢𝐞𝐬" is a book by William Becker. I'm an all nighter and this book gave me goosebumps.
THE PLOT: Roman Toguri finds himself burying the body of a nun in Boone, North Carolina. As the skies darken and it begins to storm, he is forced to shove the corpse into his trunk and take it home for the night, unaware of the torment that playing God will bestow upon him. REVIEW:___
The book was always on point, no unnecessary details.  My mind was blown with truly entertaining hallucina
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing 👌🙌🙌🙌..just a luck to read such an efficient and wonderful one!Hope to read more and more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
For a 18 yo teenager, this debut novel is sure interesting. First of all, I loved the little “riddles” and codes in the book, it’s something that I can’t just ignore, for I really really love this kind of stuff (I solved the majority of them, still solving the rest); something I thank the author for.
The story itself was somewhat predictable near the end, but overall enjoyable as much as a story with tooo many spiders can be (you’ve been warned Ron!!!), the writing style was good too.
To conclude,
Cris (the_book_adventurer)
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Note: I was sent Grey Skies in a PDF format from the author William Becker in exchange for an honest review. The following review is my own, and is in no way influenced by the author or additional sources.)

Grey Skies - At first glance, Roman Toguri seems like a guy whose been dealt a rough hand. With no other backstory aside from the fact that he is burying a nun, we aren't given much in the way of how and why we meet him in the pouring rain under darkening skies. There is no quick and easy ans
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I have received a copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.
First I’d like to point out that the author is 18yo. He described the book as a “mix of House of Leaves and Silent Hill” and I pretty much agree with that. I’ve read about 150 pages of HoL and just wasn’t in a mood for it at that time and put it back on my TBR pile. But I can see the similarities.
What I liked about this book were the descriptions of places, I like when I can EXACTLY picture every detail, like I’m
KayBee's  Bookshelf
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A man, Roman, a dead nun and no clue as to what happened to her.

This was my first read by the author and I have to tell you it makes me wonder what goes on his mind. This story is delivered with such descriptive detail that you are almost completely immersed into this frightening world. With our hero not knowing why a friend of his ex-wife has been murdered, he initially decides to bury her. However, the weather prompts him to just put her in his trunk and take her home. This is where the story
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was recommended by this book by a friend and was a little skeptical at first. I’m not much a of a horror fan, but I decided to give it a try by reading it on Wattpad. I can not express how much I enjoyed this book. It truly was a different experience from traditional horror with psychological elements and intricate layering of past and present that warrants several reads. This story is unlike any of the other dozens of books I have been recommended and is truly worth a read (or ten). I can not ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book when it was on wattpad, and I am beyond amazed with how far it has come. I rarely read a book that sends chills through my entire body, and this book did. Becker uses this book to take the reader through intense and horrific experiences, and does so amazingly! I have, and will continue to recommend this book to everyone.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was able to go through to help edit this book and every chapter continued to amaze me. It is a very different type of read, but pulls you in with all the twists and turns.
Scarlett Scott
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I dunno who this dude is or what the shit I just read but it's kewl :3, 10/10 recommend ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
The first story is the longest and most confusing. It begins with the main character finding a dead nun and deciding to bring her home and if you think that has anything to do with the plot or that you’ll hear about that nun again – you are somehow wrong. Grey Skies describes in first person the descent into madness of a man who is struggling with his own guilt. The descent is not in any way slow, it’s more like a sheer drop off a very tall cliff, glimpses of feral creatures and mutated people i ...more
Jaime Garcia
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After hearing about that the legendary William Becker was going to publish a new book, I was hyped. I waited till the books were sale and immediately got my copy and it's something I wont regret. If youre not into books that make you think and mess you up in a psychological level, then this isn't the book for you. Even if you don't like these kind of books, I still believe firmly that this is a must have for any book collector. After reading this book, I can't wait to see what the author has in ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grey skies was a very good book and this book really gives me the uneasy feeling like I’m in the story and get this feeling like someone or something is watching me. The author did a wonderful job making this job. I recommend this book if you love horror films or other horror books.
I gave this book a 5 star review. Thank you William Becker for making such a awesome book. You do a very good job.

Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i read this book on wattpad and fell in love with the horror and creativity of each and every chapter. william becker has been a friend of mine for a couple years, and his books always amaze me with the amount of talent he has and effort he puts into his work. if you like stephen king, you'll love grey skies. ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the things I liked about this book was how the places kept on changing. One thing I would have liked is if the author had explored why Roman Toguri became the person he did.
If you're one of those who are not sure if you'd be into surrealism, this is a good book to start off with - though be warned: there are horror elements.
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Gordon Long
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I have nothing against surrealism. A surrealist work is like a puzzle that presents us with tantalizing hints of meaning, toys with our perception of it, dangling full understanding out of reach, and then leaves us with powerful images that keep reappearing in our minds, forcing us to reconsider what we have read. It makes us think.

“Grey Skies” starts out looking like surrealism, but then it goes off track. Unusual and unexpected events occur in macabre settings described in intricate detail, bu
Amy Shannon
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Good Story

Becker pens a good horror story in Grey Skies. I found that I did like the majority of the story, but a few parts were a bit confusing, and a bit slow to make sense, but in the end, I enjoyed the story. Yes, it was creepy and scary, and intriguing to see how the story would play out. I would definitely read more by this author, and I am curiously intrigued (and yet a bit fearful) of his imagination. I look forward to reading more by this author.
William Becker
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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William Becker is a surrealist horror author with a mind for the more uncanny and stranger sides of the universe. Originally adopted from Saint Petersburg, Russia, he grew up in Boone, North Carolina. His work is known for being non-traditional, gritty, and psychedelic in influence. While originally being known as a practitioner of horror in the vein of David Lynch, Silent Hill, and Ari Aster, Bec ...more

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