Posted in Book Review, horror, Thriller

Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by Mary G. Thompson


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Title: Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee
Author: Mary G. Thompson
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Pages: 294
Source: FirstToRead
Genre: Adult Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Rating: 3 and a half stars
Plot:

When sixteen-year-old Amy returns home, she can’t tell her family what’s happened to her. She can’t tell them where she’s been since she and her best friend, her cousin Dee, were kidnapped six years ago—who stole them from their families or what’s become of Dee. She has to stay silent because she’s afraid of what might happen next, and she’s desperate to protect her secrets at any cost.

 

My Experience:
You need a tough skin to read this book.
This book is a thriller.
Not for sensitive readers.

This book takes you on a journey. It’s like the opposite of a fairytale. The story is told subtly and carefully but everything that can go bad goes bad. Everything that should be lovely and should be filled with birds singing happy melodies is replaced with creepy shacks and old faded out dolls.

I fell into the book and only hit bottom when I reached the last page. I had to know what happened to Dee I had to learn who was real and who was not.

Metaphor:
You know in the movies when somebody hears a noise and they decide to go look outside. Everybody is screaming at the screen don’t go outside. The music is warning you that something is about to happen, something bad. Yet the character still goes outside. Helplessly you are forced to watch what happens and you just can’t pull your eyes from the screen…

That’s what it was like reading this book. You know you should stop reading this. That it is going to give you a knot in your stomach and you are going to be haunted by what you are reading. Yet the plot is woven so thin and knitted beautifully you are tucked in between the pages trapped by a wool blanket unable to stop reading.

What I liked:

The way the story was told. How everything was revealed subtly. You couldn’t guess what was going on in the beginning and it gave you just enough new information each chapter to keep you interested yet kept you clueless about what was going to happen next.

What I did not like:

I would have liked a bit more from Jay. I would have like more moments with Jay since he was the most interesting character for me in the story.

Recommendations:

This is for the people who often find themselves reading thrillers even though they know that it is probably not a good idea.

Rating:

Honestly, I never know how to rate a thriller to give it more than a 3.5 makes one feel guilty for how can one enjoy a book that is so horrifying. But then to give it something lower than a 3 makes it seem it was badly written which with this one was not the case.

 

3 and a half creepy snowflakes

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Sincerely

Snow

 

 

Posted in Book Review, horror, netgalley, Thriller

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf

You will be hooked like a fish on a treadmill swimming after some bait as if it has not eaten in days.
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Title: Security
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Pages: 241
Source: NetGalley
Genre: 
Rating: 3.5
I received an ARC from Netgalley via Algonquin Books for an honest review.

Plot: 

“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.”

 

My experience:

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.

Recommendations:

I recommend this book for adults who love horrors and like their stories serious and filled with terrified screams.

Rating:

I am giving this book 3 and a half snowflakes. A solid chilly horror and an ending I will not forget soon.

 

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 ~ Snow