You will be hooked like a fish on a treadmill swimming after some bait as if it has not eaten in days.
I received an ARC from Netgalley via Algonquin Books for an honest review.
“Manderley Resort is a gleaming, new twenty-story hotel on the California coast. It’s about to open its doors, and the world–at least those with the means to afford it–will be welcomed into a palace of opulence and unparalleled security. But someone is determined that Manderley will never open. The staff has no idea that their every move is being watched, and over the next twelve hours, they will be killed off, one by one.”
One of the most original narrative styles I have seen in a while. It definitely made me more invested in the story to see what was going on in there.
The way the narrator is obsessed with Tessa made me obsessed with Tessa. It made me feel like a stalker and I liked it.
As much as I was fascinated by the narration the story started dragging a bit. I started getting a bit frustrated because of the lack of development. It was like looking in a mirror and seeing all the different reflections and each reflection was in a different light which was fun and funky but at the same time it was the same reflection just being showed in different ways. Nothing interesting was happening. The story starts losing speed and the details it focuses on were unimportant to me.
I was enchanted by the hotel because it was so unique. After a few chapters, I had a clear idea of my surroundings and I rather wanted more of the story then the type of carpet the story was happening on.
However, all these distractions start melting away and action starts pouring as the blood starts dripping, tumble dryers start turning and windows start steaming up.
If you start it and it feels a bit slow don’t give up. From a certain point, you will be so hooked it won’t even make sense. You will be hooked like a fish on a treadmill swimming after some bait as if it has not eaten in days.
Then when you arrive on that last page, you will be speechless…
What I liked:
I don’t know if the Author is an architect but the writing was filled with very creative buildings and very clear descriptions so it made me think that the author has some background with buildings or interior design. I was very impressed by the descriptions.
What I did not like:
Readers be warned as fascinating as the writing style is it is also quite depressing. This is a heavy read with dark themes and thoughts that make you feel as if two hands are coming out of the pages and the hands are trying to suffocate you.
I recommend this book for adults who love horrors and like their stories serious and filled with terrified screams.
I am giving this book 3 and a half snowflakes. A solid chilly horror and an ending I will not forget soon.