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The Chill

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  2,697 ratings  ·  457 reviews
In this terrifying thriller, a supernatural force—set in motion a century ago—threatens to devastate New York City.

Far upstate, in New York’s 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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Jeff 100% valid criticism for certain events in the plot, but the two books really are totally different in tone and storytelling and especially the underl…more100% valid criticism for certain events in the plot, but the two books really are totally different in tone and storytelling and especially the underlying mythology. If you enjoyed The Fisherman at all, this is probably worth your while. As is Kill Monster by Sean Doolittle.(less)

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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 h
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. ...more
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, esp
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
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
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Water Works

I’ve had this on my ‘To Read’ list for months so I was elated upon notification that I’d 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. It’s everywhere. A lake backed up by an aging dam, drenching non-stop rain, and misplaced running water-imagined or real? Drip…d
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. ...more
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finally! This was held at my library 4 months long during lock down. It was worth the wait. I find The Chill to be very good. Not the kind of jump scare, bloody gore, but... with unsettling souls.

I love the eerie atmospheric of mountainous town. The rain, the water, the dam, the forgotten town where the dead hold grudges for almost a century long. The city owes them and it's time to repay that debt.

I took a star off because the chapters with the engineer were slow and the story could use a stro
Laura Rash
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! Sometimes books that are hyped just don’t live up to my expectations but this one did! It’s 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 flood
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 author’s world so incredibly vivid and his characters so wonderfully compelling that there were times I didn’t want to stop reading.

But…there were times I did.

The author gives us so much information about dams and water and, while it’s 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 somet
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 fir
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Atria and Emily Bestler Books for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Chill
By: Scott Carson


"There was no force on earth so determined and patient as water."

The Chill's amazing cover art caught my attention, but the synopsis hooked me. In my opinion, this is not a horror book. I would classify it is psychological/paranormal/ thriller. It is intensely eerie, dark and haunting. I love stories that have an atmospheric p
Kat Dietrich

The Chill by Scott Carson
is a horror novel.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Atria Books, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis:    (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)

The town of Galesburg in up-state New York was flooded many years ago, to create the  Chilewaukee reservoir that would send water pumping downstate to help millions of people.  That's what the peopl
Jen (LOHF/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 th
Ruthy lavin
Nov 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a really hard book to review!
I read it mostly based on the great review it received from the master of horror, Stephen King.
It’s a weird one, because although I stuck with it and finished it, I couldn’t actually tell you what it was about if you asked me.... because I didn’t really understand it at all!
It was quite King-Esque in its style and I think that’s why I persevered, but it was an odd story which left me thinking, what did I just read?
I wish I could write a more concise review b
Hunter Shea
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Don't be fooled by the cover that says this is a thriller. It's straight up horror and a compelling read. ...more
Bill Riggs
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An eerie, chilling, horror thriller that never lets up on the creeping suspense from page one. Well written with believable, well-defined characters and a gripping premise. Highly recommended.

The Chill, short for the Chilewaukee Reservoir, was built in the earlier 20th century. The small town of Galesburg was destroyed- flooded over so the reservoir and dam could be constructed. Many residents refused to leave, many died. Now a century later something is stirring, ominous rumblings are being he
 Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri
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
Amber J
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was given a free copy of this book through the Goodreads giveaway program. This does not in any way affect my opinion. I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.

I think I was expecting something different from this book. It's definitely more of a thriller than a horror which for me is not as good. I think
Bob Mayer
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read it because of the great reviews; it was a page turner, but there were times it bogged down with info-dump, which is something I understand when an author has a great subject matter and history. I tend to that myself.
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There is something lurking in the dark waters of the Chilewaukee reservoir better known by the locals as The Chill…something that demands payment in the form of a sacrifice…something 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. I’m sure there is an audience for this book, but I’m sad to say, as much as I love a good supernatural story, this one fell a little flat for me. While there we
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fun paranormal thriller.

It wasn’t really spooky, and if I tried, I could poke holes in the plot - but it was entertaining, and with a book like this, aren’t 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! What’s down there now? Did people take their stuff? How quick d
Scott  Neumann
Review to follow, I actually give 3 1/2 stars but Goodreads doesn't allow half stars. ...more
May 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF at 85%

I just cannot with this. I came really close to finishing it, but I don't have the brain space right now for caring about this book. I don't care about the characters. I don't care about the damn dam. I don't care about the petty ass ghosts. The writing was good enough, but boy was this boring.
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
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, e-books
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.
Well Read Beard
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-books
This book is a solid melding of horror, supernatural thriller, and historical fiction.

The book is about a flooded out town. A town that had been homesteaded by European families in the 1600's. So it was somewhat of an ancient place as far as humans establishing community in America. Our setting is upstate New York in the Catskills Mountains. The town is flooded out, eminent domain invoked, to create a reservoir to supply water to New Your City.

There is a vengeance. The dead from this place see
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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 lo
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