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The Chill

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  517 ratings  ·  154 reviews
In this terrifying thriller, a supernatural forceset in motion a century agothreatens to devastate New York City.

Far upstate, in New Yorks ancient forests, a drowned village lays beneath the dark, still waters of the Chilewaukee reservoir. Early in the 20th century, the town was destroyed for the greater good: bringing water to the millions living downstate. Or at least
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
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Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Dennis
3.25 STARS

With The Chill, we have Michael Koryta writing under the pseudonym Scott Carson, and he seems to be returning to his original style of supernatural thriller, something he does extremely well. From the prologue here I was hooked, and it's no surprise that the author is able to spin a web of lies and deceit, but with a paranormal flair. I'm not sure what will be included in the finished copy, but I found the information surrounding the research that the author did into past events that
J.D. Barker
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic supernatural thriller that harkens back to horror's glory days. Character driven and ominously creepy, this one will have you wondering what's at the other end of that drippy faucet in the kitchen.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
An update New York village was flooded 75 years ago for a reservoir project. There are legends about the strange things that happen in the Dead Waters...the area where you can still see the burnt out submerged buildings that used to be Galesburg. But it's more than evil....a strange heaviness that is more than just the leftovers of a flooded village.

I'm a sucker for stories about submerged towns. There are so many urban legends surrounding reservoir projects and submerged towns,
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Water Works

Ive had this on my To Read list for months so I was elated upon notification that Id won a copy. Yay!

I missed the description blurb stating this had a supernatural element which isn't my go-to genre. Had I been paying attention, I sill would have purchased it based on the eerie premise. It caught my attention instantly.

The star of this show is the water. Its everywhere. A lake backed up by an aging dam, drenching non-stop rain, and misplaced running water-imagined or real? Dripdrip
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Dennis by: Chelsea Humphrey
The Chill is a well written, spooky, town mystery novel. I really enjoyed the author's writing style and the dynamics behind each of the characters. My only issue is that this book is seriously too long, and at points I felt bored because of it's pacing. If you enjoy slower-paced atmospheric settings, this book would be more enjoyable. My attention span is too short for that. I do think folks that enjoy Stephen King will be able to appreciate this book more than me.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
The Chill is about a small town, Galesburg, that was once drowned underwater to make a new dam. We follow the ancestors of the people from that small town, now living in the "new" town of Torrance.When I first started reading, there were a lot of jumps in the POV. So much that I wondered who the main characters even were, and if I'd ever get to spend enough time with any of them to care. The answer is yes and no. Focus does slow down to a handful of main characters, but I still think there were ...more
Laura Rash
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! Sometimes books that are hyped just dont live up to my expectations but this one did! Its terrifically written and laid out so the story just builds like a freight train heading down the tracks. Descriptive to the point you feel it down to your bones!
Thanks to the publisher for this early copy for review:)
Mogsy (MMOGC)
2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Nestled in the forests of northern New York situated in the Catskills is the small town of Chilewaukee and the calm, quiet waters of their reservoir nicknamed the Chill, which supplies water for millions of people living in the southern part of the state. Beneath its mirror-smooth surface though, lies a terrible history of violence and death. Evidence of that past can still be found in the ruins of Galesburg, lying
Feb 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Welcome everyone. I am your dam guide, Aristotle
Please don't wander off the dam tour and please take all the dam pictures you want. Now are there any dam questions?
Yeah, where are the dam ghosts?!

You know what sends a 'Chill' down my spine?
A dnf after 100 pages
I feel guilty like a failure. Is that weird?
I carried on for another 100 pages and just couldn't go on.
Such a dull and uneventful read.
Stephen King's blurb was "Wow! Terrific. Characters you root for and a story that grips you from the
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it

I had to think a bit before writing this review.

I liked the book. I found the authors world so incredibly vivid and his characters so wonderfully compelling that there were times I didnt want to stop reading.

Butthere were times I did.

The author gives us so much information about dams and water and, while its all fascinating, it also tends to take a rather informational tone almost a lecture and you lose the story once in a while. In fact, I put it down for a full five days and read something
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fun paranormal thriller.

It wasnt really spooky, and if I tried, I could poke holes in the plot - but it was entertaining, and with a book like this, arent we looking for entertainment?!

There is underwater town not to far from where I grew up in Northern California called Whiskeytown Lake. As a kid, I was obsesssssssed with this place. So many questions - why would the bury a town under water? But people lived there! Whats down there now? Did people take their stuff? How quick did it
Jen (Book Den)
The beginning of The Chill had a wonderfully dark and creepy tone. It was awesome, and I was excited for the ride I was about to take.

Unfortunately, the first 20% turned out to be more of a hook instead of a promise. The Chill got bogged down in information and turned into an entirely different book.

The reviews have been great for The Chill so I think most people will be able go along with the turns and changes, but I am terrible with broken promises. The Chill weighs in at 450 pages. Combine
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it
The Chill is an atmospheric ghost story by Scott Carson. Carson, as the back book jacket states is the penname of a New York Times bestselling author. Who could it be? Nora Roberts? Jack Higgins? Mo Willems? To me it is obvious, this mystery writer of The Chill can only be Louisa May Alcott.
The haunting story of unforgiving spirits avenging their town (which was flooded to build a dam for New York City) could only have been written by an author familiar with the daily life of a group of sisters
NhaughtyV says Damn the Zon Save the Reviews
There is something lurking in the dark waters of the Chilewaukee reservoir better known by the locals as The Chillsomething that demands payment in the form of a sacrificesomething that is rising to collect on past dues

To be honest, the only reason I requested a copy of this book was Stephen King had pimped it out on his social media. Im sure there is an audience for this book, but Im sad to say, as much as I love a good supernatural story, this one fell a little flat for me. While there were
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This book kept me up way too late most nights until my eyes just had to shut me down for the night. If you love supernatural haunting stories you'll love this book. Especially with spring rains and flooding soon, this story will make you think twice. The story is fast paced but builds character and tension perfectly to lead up to the haunting end.

I was given an eARC by the publisher through NetGalley.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Get ready to swim upstream, and dive into one spine tingling supernatural thriller that will keep you turning page after page.

In the fall of 1940, Torrance Counties oldest village, Galesburg was evacuated and flooded in order to build a reservoir; which was supposed to supply NYC with water. That no connecting tunnel was ever finished, both angered and enraged the former townsfolk. Up until now, the Chilewaukee Reservoir, or "the Chill" has had no use, other than flooding an entire village with
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it

I am all for tales of ancient evil. Sacrifices made to drowned gods, curses screeched at lesser demons.

Ive heard my share of flooded towns. Man made lakes built OVER towns as reservoirs of water. Buildings, communities, people becoming watery graveyards. Haunts.

The most infamous one I know of is Lake Lanier that makes news every single time because of its infamy. Nobody comes out of its waters alive, its foolish to even deep a toe in it.

I have to say that this was quite disappointing. The
 Reading Reindeer
THE CHILL (written under a nom de plume) is one extraordinary novel: Supernatural thriller, family dysfunction, average small-town in contrast with highly dysfunctional cultish village. No need for suspension of Disbelief: I leaped immediately into the story on Page 1, and I devoured every bit of it without a pause. The story is so "real" I seemed to be living it, not reading it.

The "Chill" is an Upstate New York dam and reservoir, initially intended to provide water supply to New York City, but
Linda Lipko
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a page turner this book is! It is obvious the author did a lot of research regarding dams and water flow. Chill is the story of a small community in upstate New York. The Catskills contained pockets of small communities. A small town was drowned in order to build a set of dams and waterways to help provide water to Manhattan, NY.

The story has great character development and includes the ghosts who inhabit the area, haunting the tunnels and worksites of the miners. On a clear day, one can
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for the advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What a creepy book! The story centers around a town that was destroyed purposely many years ago to build a dam in order to help supply water to NYC. In the present, the dam is looking like it will fail soon. To further complicate things, the engineer checking the dam is a relative of the original engineer of the dam.

This is told in alternating story lines by a cast of characters that really completes the
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it immensely. Such a creepy read, I'm telling you. Characterization, plot, narrative: very rich. About the plot, it's all about mistakes from the past and retribution, supernatural style. Nothing we have not seen before but done with tremendous talent and style. We are dealing with some flawed people in this but Carson, always the keen writer (he is best-selling author Michael Koryta after all), tags on to his narrative a likability from the least likable character, and that's never a ...more
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been on the hunt for more horror books to read. I picked up a copy of this book to read. When I think horror, I instantly, think of stories that will give you nightmares. This book did not do that for me but it still was a fascinating story to read. It is more paranormal/psychological horror.

There is not really one main character. There are several prominent voices in this story. The things they experience have them questioning if they should be admitted to the psychological ward at the
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Did I just read 435 pages about a dam? How was this book put into the horror genre? I found it more of a folklore/thriller. And even then it wasnt very thrilling. I loved the premise, the ideas, the characters but the book was really too long for it to be a good thriller. Author spent way too much time talking about the damn dam. Please more spookiness underwater in the drowned town of Galesburg and less talk about engineering and structural integrity thanks. ...more
Kris Ruggiero
The Chill is a book I wanted to read because I've been on the lookout for a quality supernatural thriller. Being a huge fan of Stephen King, I was excited when I read that he recommended this book on his Twitter feed. The Chill by Scott Carson (a pseudonym for the author, Michael Koryta) was not horrific, but it was a creepy, dark psychological thriller/ghost story with multiple well-drawn characters and tons of history and backstory. The Chill grabbed me from the start and I couldn't stop ...more
Clint Calisbury
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
I love this author but this book is hard to review. I thought the story was very exciting. My problem is that the characters left me cold. I think that the character development is lacking and i didn't like any of them very much. The book is long, about 450 pages, and full of dread and ominous portents but just didn't come together for me. I'm afraid this one is a swing and miss for me.
, Mystery & Thriller
THE CHILL is fully deserving of every word of the pre-publication buzz that it has received. Part of the advance accolades is due to the well-known thriller writer who is using the nom de plume of Scott Carson. The reason for this (to my understanding) is the utilization of supernatural/horror elements that are absent from this established authors customary work. Regardless of the authorship, here we have a memorable, haunting feast of supernatural literature.

The book is set in October 2020 in
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
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This novel is one that Stephen King really loved, but I think it would have made a great novella.

It was basically a ghost story, but it just did not keep the suspense up enough. Too much detail about the history of NYC's water supply, which was necessary to some extent, but not as much as presented. Also unnecessary over-descriptions of dreary weather, hikes in the woods, and hints about history in dribs and drabs over chapters and chapters. When you run across a 3(?) page chapter just to
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
The past was always present. It lived in antiques and memories, war stories and warnings, but it was never gone. And never passive.

I originally downloaded this as an audiobook, but with COVID-19 putting my entire state into self-isolation these next couple of weeks AND shutting down our libraries, I was able to get my hands on a paper copy. I would 110% recommend reading this book over listening to it. Usually I don't have a preference, but Carson has a very wordy and unique way of writing. It's
DNF'd about 3.5 hours in - honestly it's not the worst book but I'm just in a reading slump and can't get into this. I'm bored with the characters and the story is just moving too slow for me, but I may pick this up again later.
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