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The Sorrows by Jonathan Janz
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"The Sorrows" by Jonathan Janz is a gripping tale of suspense. Composers, Ben Shadeland and Eddie Blaze travel to Castle Blackwood in an attempt to generate the inspiration required to complete the musical score for a horror movie. Situated on an island named The Sorrows, the foreboding Castle Blackwood, site of several unexplained deaths, seems to be the ideal place for Ben to connect with his inner muse. It does not take long for Ben, Eddie and their two companions Eva and Claire to realize they are not alone on the island. Sharing their island is a creature named Gabriel.
Janz presents the back story of the island to the reader using journal entries written by the man servant of Robert Blackwood in 1925. These journal entries mesh well with the present-day storyline, providing the reader with needed tidbits about the Blackwood family and the arrival of Gabriel. Janz spends a lot of time personalizing the character of Ben Shadeland which adds to the strength of the novel.
"The Sorrows" is complete with many horror classics; strong foreshadowing, a mythical beast, ghosts, a Gothic setting, and of course some gory deaths! Everything a reader could want in a great horror story. Once started it is difficult to put the book down. The one weakness of "The Sorrows" is the ending. The plot begins to become increasingly improbable with characters apparently 'forgetting' about their life-threatening injuries to perform some incredible act of heroism. Aside from the weak ending, Janz has created a suspense filled novel and deftly set the stage for a sequel. "The Sorrows" is well worth the read for any horror/suspense fan.
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