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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Lorelai Palumbo is harassed by a sinister group calling themselves The Cabal. They accuse her of having committed unspeakable crimes in the past, and now she must pay. The Cabal begins taking her life apart one piece at a time – her job, her health, the people she loves – and she must try to figure out what The Cabal thinks she’s done if she’s to have any hope of answering ...more
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Published March 23rd 2021 by Flame Tree Press
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Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020s, horror, reviewed
This... this is not something we see often anymore. It reminds me of some of the darker 80s paperback original horror novels, which is to say it's a dark and mean little book. It reminds me of something Clive Barker would have written early in his career (Books of Blood/Damnation Game era). I do mean that as a good thing.

Our plot follows Lorelei who has made a serious mistake. What is the mistake you ask? She finds herself asking the same question. A group of strange... human-like creatures call
Feb 05, 2021 rated it liked it
3 stars--I liked the book. This is primarily weird fiction, with a very strong horror element that flirts with splatterpunk. (In other words, not for the squeamish!) I don't read a lot of weird fiction, and I quite enjoyed this one--the plot is fiercely paced, Lori was a likeable main character, and the horror elements were both gross and scary. It's fun to read something different once in a while.

I'd give this four stars, but one of the deaths made me sad. Specifically, (view spoiler)
Mar 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a copy for review from NetGalley and Flame Tree Press.

Lorelei's life is changed when she is pursued by an otherworldly cult called The Cabal. They say she has to "Confess and atone--or suffer." She has to endure unspeakable horrors as she tries to figure out how she should accomplish that before it is to late.

From this synopsis you may think this will be a typical evil cult book, but that only touches the surface of what the book is about. Readers will find that this will be a strang
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dark doesn’t even begin to describe this book.

Imagine for a moment that you are suddenly told that you must confess to something – but you aren’t told what it is. And if you don’t confess, everyone you care about will face horrendous suffering.

This is the premise that the author gives us and he brings us into a world so horrific that it would drive you absolutely mad.

The book is chilling, gory, surreal and heartbreaking. It’s not a story for people who like everything neatly tied up in a box wit
Keith Chawgo
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Waggoner’s new novel is a very different book that is not for the faint of heart but if you are a lover of Barker and Lovecraft than this maybe for you.

Waggoner’s excellent book deals with a reality that splits from our own that shows his unique of lulling the reader into a dark world that one hopes they can escape. Using a graphic fantastical imagery and mixing this with the mundane normal existence of a its main characters, you are left with two very unique experience that mesh together to jar
Janine Pipe
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Review to come for official FTP blog tour but as always with Tim, this was excellently written and very dark. Bravo.
Your turn to suffer is only the second fictional Tim Waggoner book that I have read but he is already one of those authors where I know that I am likely to enjoy it. This book was very good. Tim is a veteran within the horror community but his writing is never complacent and he continues to up the ante in his narratives.
IN YTTS we follow a wo
Melissa LaRiviere
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: horror, splatterpunk, thriller fans
Shelves: review-done
“How can you choose to believe in one impossibility but not the other?”

Are you tired of the same old horror stories?
Do you crave something that will haunt your dreams and make you look twice at the shadows that surround you and wonder what might be lurking there?
Well, then the splatterpunk sub-genre of horror may be precisely what you need.

Lorelei is a woman who is plagued with horrible migraines; she is your average woman going about her life until a tenacious group called the Cabal begin to to
Sean Graham
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was great - a dark, twisted horror that pulled in elements of Clive Barker and other luminaries but with it’s own twists. Their were some absolutely brutal deaths in this novel and the way the author described the fantastical world was brilliant. Sometimes I find that novels with a different dimension can be difficult to understand however, for me, the world of the Cabal was dark, twisted and imaginative. More recommended for those who like their horror with some body shocks than paranormal ...more
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was my first dive into the wild imagination of Tim Waggoner and it was a crazy ride!

Our protagonist, Lori, suffers from debilitating migraines and selective memory loss. After a traumatic meeting with a strange woman at a grocery store, she is harassed by a sinister, otherworldly cult called the Cabal. She starts straddling two worlds, hers and the deadly alternate universe the Cabal belongs too.

The world building was highly detailed and terrifying! The Nightway is a long stretch of dark h
Amanda McHugh
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've read a few Tim Waggoner books over the last few years, so when I saw this title available for request, I was happy to be approved and quickly jumped in.

Lori's a physical therapist plagued by migraines who wants nothing more than to get home for a relaxing night when she crosses paths with a strange woman with a dire warning: Confess and atone--or suffer. For what she needs to confess, she has no idea, but as her dreams become plagued by horrible nightmares that feel too real, and the lines
Dona Fox
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
BOOK REVIEW – YOUR TURN TO SUFFER by Tim Waggoner – Horror

Whoa! I just finished this one. For the last quarter of the story, I felt like I was caught underneath a freight train going one hundred miles an hour! My mouth was so dry I needed to get a drink, but I couldn't put the book down. I had goosebumps, and I needed a sweater—but I couldn’t stop reading. The ending was that intense! Whew.

Your Turn to Suffer by Tim Waggoner opens with a young woman, Lori, being called to task in the Oakmont gr
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the second book I’ve read by Tim Waggoner, and also my second five star read by him. He is an extremely talented horror author, and his world building is simply “out of this world”. He has a real talent for seamlessly mixing the real world with fantasy worlds.

Waggoner’s writing is extremely dark, and absolutely no one is safe in this novel. It doesn’t matter whether a character is a child, an adult or an elder; everyone might suffer. I have
Aiden Merchant
DNF at 50% ... I felt like there was far too much filler for my tastes. I just read a chapter where a handful of characters are introduced, given detailed backgrounds, and then quickly killed in the same chapter I was unhappy while reading the book and it didn't improve all the way up to the half way mark, so I'm putting this one down. I will not be giving it a score. Thanks to Flame Tree Press for setting me up with this ARC for review consideration. ...more
Feb 11, 2021 rated it liked it
What a ride! I haven't read a horror ish book like this in a very long time and I don't think I was truly prepared!
At first I wasn't sure if I"d enjoy it like I used to love these back in the day, but I ended up liking the horrific ride.
Well done in characters, plot, twists, scares and horror. Not for the squeamish!
Thankful for the ARC!
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Talk about a wild ride, wow! This was definitely one of the more unique horror novels I've read, and I can say that I enjoyed every moment of it. I mentioned in another review that Waggoner wrote one of my favorite books as a child, and it's been a blast rediscovering his work in a different genre.

Trying to describe this book without giving away more than the descriptive summary is a difficult task. If you've ever seen the movies The Void and Baskin, this novel is like a blend of both. I would
Crystal Rees
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I have missed horror novels of this caliber. So graphic and brutal. Fantastical and exciting. The mundane and the insane. I loved this story and devoured it's carnage even though it was enough to keep me up at night. Not for the faint of heart. So well written! Reminiscent of the true horror novels I read growing up. I must read more from Tim Waggoner

Thank you netgalley for this excellent arc
Melissa Sinicki
Mar 11, 2021 rated it liked it
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Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
I really wanted to like this one but maybe this authors writing is just a bit to out there for me and weirder than I prefer or my taste in books is changing.

It starts off with a stranger wanting to ask Lori a question but she ignores him and goes on about her business, soon weird things start happening. A strange woman tells her she needs to confess and atone or suffer and she has absolutely no clue what she is talking about.

As more strange things happen from having dreams that seem very real sh
Mar 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Your turn to suffer is the kind of book some people will hate, and others will love. As a reviewer, I go beyond just the overall story; I look at structure, characters, style and the overall plot. If you enjoy Clive Barker-Neil Gaiman's styles, you’ll love this book. It’s a horror novel peppered with the weirdness of a Lovecraftian tale — sometimes called weird fiction. The overall story wasn’t my typical go-to genre, however I loved everything else about it.

In horror, many authors speak of the
Hannah May Book Reviews
Title: Your Turn to Suffer
Author: Tim Waggoner
Pub: Flame Tree Press
Pages: 246
Rating: 3.5/5

A huge thank you to the author, Flame Tree Press and Random Things Tours for allowing me to be part of the blog tour.


Lorelai Palumbo’s life is turned upside down when a sinister group called the Cabal begin to harass her constantly. The Cabal accuse her of committing unspeakable crimes in the past which she now has to pay for but the only thing is, she doesn’t know what she is supposed to have d
Brandi Guarino
Lorelai Palumbo is having a bad week. To start, her migraines are off the charts, causing her to be short and snippy with strangers, her boss is on her case about her treatment methods for her physical therapy clients, and a crazy lady with frightening eyes accosts her in the grocery store and says, “Confess and atone—or suffer.” If that were not enough to shake her up, a few minutes after the grocery store encounter, she is nearly killed by a driver who loses control of his car in the parking l ...more
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
You ever crave true horror but can't find a title to scratch the itch? This is the one you're looking for.

Physical therapist, Lori, lives a relatively uncomplicated life until the mysterious Cabal appears out of nowhere and demands that she “confess and atone — or suffer.” Bizarre nightmare creatures continually chip away at her safety, her sanity, and everything she loves until she can uncover and atone for her own horrible truth.

Your Turn to Suffer is the most intense book I've read in a very
Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing


Tim Waggoner is easily one of my favorites for a good horror read! After reading “They Kill” and “The Mouth of the Dark,” “Your Turn to Suffer” did not disappoint.

What I love about the author’s style is how he gets his characters to step away from their element. You think you know the characters well, but then they get possessed to do all sorts of unspeakable things. This book had many such moments when Lori encounters Melind
Theresa Derwin
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Your Turn to Suffer
Author: Tim Waggoner
Publisher: Flame Tree Press
Page count: 264pp
Release date: 23rd March 2021

Lorelai Palumbo (Lori) is heading to the pharmacist to pick up her migraine meds after a stressful day when she literally bumps into an unusual man; white mustache, brown fedora and suit, garish yellow tie.  And a haunted look in his eyes.
Then a week later, there’s the woman in the supermarket, with black goat-like eyes and doughy sockets.
And something else, hunting her. They tell her
Sharon Rimmelzwaan
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Your Turn To Suffer by Tim Waggoner is a horror story published by one of my favourite publishing houses, Flame Tree Press. As soon as I saw we had a Tim Waggoner book tour, I jumped at the chance. I have read another of Tim's books and thoroughly enjoyed that one so knew I needed to be a part of this tour.
We are introduced to Lori she works as a physical therapist and lives her life as everyone else does. Then the day comes when she meets a woman with weird goat-like eyes. She tells Lori to co
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Your Turn to Suffer is an altogether weird slice of horror that takes a few sharp turns in the telling, but which is at its best when indulging in the bizarre.

The opening chapter is creepy, but deceptively so, stoking our interest in Lori's suffering, yet holding back on the true horror, even as it misleads us into expecting something safe and familiar. "Confess and atone - or suffer" is such a great line, but it really only scratches the surface of what's involved here.

Where the story takes its
Portia Bella
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
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D.K. Hundt
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
2.5/5.0 Stars

‘Lorelai Palumbo is harassed by a sinister group calling themselves The Cabal. They accuse her of having committed unspeakable crimes in the past, and now she must pay.’

I would describe YOUR TURN TO SUFFER as a weird, Dark Fantasy, Occult Horror novel that borders on the bizarre—the imagery and corresponding dialogue Waggoner conjures up in certain scenes is ‘Chef’s Kiss’ perfection.

Before reading this book, I don’t recall having ever seen goat eyes before, so I made the mistake o
Nikolas Robinson
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Tim Waggoner's Your Turn To Suffer is one hell of an experience. The story that unfolds on these pages is reminiscent of Clive Barker at his horror and fantasy weaving best, while still feeling original and authentic as a Waggoner novel. Blending horrors both supernatural/unnatural and psychological, Your Turn To Suffer draws you in and refuses to let go.
Seemingly out of nowhere, a random encounter on the street, followed a week later by an even more surreal and disturbing one in a grocery store
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Blurb from Goodreads

“His ability to weave the surreal with the hyper-real is his greatest talent.” — Signal Horizon.

Lorelai Palumbo is harassed by a sinister group calling themselves The Cabal. They accuse her of having committed unspeakable crimes in the past, and now she must pay. The Cabal begins taking her life apart one piece at a time – her job, her health, the people she loves – and she must try to figur
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Tim Waggoner has published nearly fifty novels and seven short story collections, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest and Writers’ Journal, among others. He's won the Bram Stoker Award and has been a finalist for both the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Visit him on the web at www.timwag ...more

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