Title: Night Chill
Author: Jeff Gunhus
Publisher: Seven Guns Press
Pages: Paperback, 437 pages
Release Date: May 31st 2013
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: Paranormal Fiction / Horror
HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Readers who love dark, chilling stories with vivid characters.
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From the author of Jack Templar Monster Hunter comes a supernatural thriller for adult audiences. Jack Tremont moves his family to the quiet mountains of Western Maryland hoping to leave behind a troubled past and restart his life. Instead, he finds himself caught up in a nightmare when his daughter Sarah is targeted by Nate Huckley, a mysterious and horrifying stranger driven by a dark power that will stop at nothing to possess Sarah. When Sarah goes missing, suspicion falls on Jack and he must uncover the secrets of the small mountain town of Prescott City and face the evil secret hidden there. As he digs further, he learns the conspiracy reaches more deeply than he could have imagined. Finally, he will have to face the question, What is a father willing to do to save his child? The answer? Anything. Anything at all.
There are still shivers running down my spine, and I can place the blame squarely on Night Chill. The book starts strong, drawing you in with a glimpse into the madness to come. A sinister man. A kidnapped girl. Mind reading powers? Paranormal and horror elements blend together to make Night Chill something to be reckoned with. With its well-written, lightning fast plot it's hard not to be sucked in.
Jack is just an average guy. He loves his wife and his daughters. Like any great father, he'll do whatever it takes to keep them safe. But how do you fight against what you can't understand? I was rooting for Jack with each page that I read. Despite the guilt hanging over his head, he was such a good guy. He's one of those characters that you can't help but want to succeed, even when he isn't sure he will.
In fact, what I really liked about this book was that it showed the way humanity reacts to events they can't explain. Shrugging off odd occurrences, jumping on any explanation that comes their way, and unintentionally skewing events to suit their needs. It was so heartbreaking to see a family slowly understand that something more was at stake. Jack's story wasn't only terrifying because of the paranormal aspect, but because it dealt with a real life family.
I actually can't even pinpoint what made this a four star read for me instead of a five. It's quite possible that I have standards that are entirely too high right now, because honestly? This book is pretty fabulous. If you're a fan of Horror novels, of the kinds of books that keep you up at night, this is a read you'll love. I'll leave you with that.
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.