What is the book about?
“A group of estranged friends gather at a cabin in the woods for a reunion party. Their celebration is interrupted when Chase Bowen, a handsome young man, shows up at their door—wet, cold, and stranded. Chase is allowed to join the party while he waits for a mechanic. He has different plans for the partygoers, though. He wants to play party games with the guests. And, in his versions of the games, there are sadistic consequences for losing…
Jon Athan, the author of The Law of Retaliation and Sympathy for the Widow, invites you to join the party. Be warned, though: you might lose a finger or two.
WARNING: This book contains scenes of graphic violence. This book is not intended for those easily offended or appalled.”
My Review of the book
I believe this might have been the first frightening horror book that I have ever read and I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing. On the one hand, the fact that it was such a frightening story suggested to me that it was a well written horror book but on the other hand it was so dark that it was difficult to finish reading the book.
One thing I liked about the book was how the story developed. The main villain, Chase, appears out of nowhere in such a relaxed normal way full of charisma and it was impossible to know that he would have become a crazy psychopath straight afterwards who would go on a killing spree. Furthermore, the entire book was full of suspense and it kept me on the edge of my seat.
As a result of the book being so suspenseful, I couldn’t stop reading it and I continued reading the book at every chance that I go until the book was complete. The last thing that I liked about the book was that the ending of the book was completely unpredictable. I thought that the ending would be pretty straightforward when I was reading the book but soon I realised that the ending took a completely different turn. Even now, It has been a year since I have read the book and I could vividly remember the storyline.
What I disliked about the book was how I felt like it pushed the boundaries of what a Horror story is. It felt like a step above what a Horror theme could be. Furthermore there didn’t appear to be much character depth. At times the main villain, Chase, felt like a demonic person. The character depth just wasn’t there for me. Chase was completely evil, dark and devilish to the core. He didn’t appear to regret his actions, hesitate for a second or even doubt himself. He appeared to feel no fear at all as well. Chase’s band of terrorists felt the same for me. They were just evil and nothing more. The characters were unrelatable and poorly written in terms of character depth.
Overall, this was a book that had good moments (as a horror themed book) but wasn’t a book that I would purchase or read again. The characters didn’t intrigue me at all and were easy to read. They were just psychopaths and the story itself did unfold interestingly but never showed potential in the middle. For me, this book is a 2/5. I wouldn’t specifically recommend anyone to read this book.
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