I have to say that this was the most gross, gory, disgustingly sick book I've ever read or heard. Yes.... I listened to the whole thing - to see where the author would go next. When I read the review, it sounded like an interesting storyline and the first chapter or two drew me in - people missing in the woods and a scary motel. But the sick, bloody ideas that this author created makes me actually wonder about him - how can an author even come up with this? Without telling too much about the actual story - it's totally far-fetched & unbelievable. The author relies on gore to create a 'story'. The narrator turned out to be just the right person to read this type of book - his voice is creepy and sounds like a back-hills sociopath. If you like blood & guts, are on the border of being a serial killer yourself and like to look at bloody accident scenes, then this book is for you.
This story was one of the friehtening but, possible stories about the backwoods I've heard in a long time.
Yes! I would deffinately recommend this book to my friends that are into terror/horror.
Let's start out with a cliche: this is literally my first review. I felt compelled to write it because the narrator of this book is unbelievably amazing. He switches characters, genders and accents seamlessly, and makes a book which is in some places difficult to digest, delicious! I can't overstate how great this man is! As for the story, it's creepy and in places gratuitous, but not to the point that I did not enjoy. This is a great Halloween listen, perfect for anyone who likes to get the willies from time to time!!!
Jack Kil born did not disappoint . This book was action packed, funny, thrilling, and of course a little grotesque for those die hard horror buffs.
Gruesome, heart wrenching, and fast paced.
This is a toss up, I really enjoyed Florence and Mal. Florence is someone I'd like to physically be like when I'm older; Mal had the best sense of humor despite everything that the characters encounter.
Lane's performances were amazing; however Eleanor stands out. He was able to embody the matriarch of the Roosevelt clan in such a way you actually liked her and her odd way of thinking...if only for a moment.
Sheer determination is the only means to survival.
This books proves that no matter the circumstances and challenges you face in your life, you CAN survive anything you set your mind too.
I can see this as a scary movie! The narrator totally made the story exciting. There were only a few character descriptions that were to outlandish to swallow but for the most part the pace of the story and the steely female characters kept me on the edge of my seat.
This is the first book I have listened to by this author and narrator. I will definitely be looking for more books by these guys!!
I have read this novel at least three times and have listened to it on Audible at least twice because even as someone who grew up on John Saul, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and other masters of horror no other piece of fiction I've come across to date hits me with such an absolute visceral reaction of pure fear that I cannot shake even after I have put it down for a break!
The reading of the journal on the bedside table for guests to write about their experience at the inn so others can then read it as happens with the main character here as she decides to read it...
The ability to be so versatile with so many voices yet have the continuity that each characters voice is easily recognized each time. That and the ability to be able to hold the tension for extended periods as called for to the point that any unexpected sound in real life can, and has, made me jump!
Don't watch this alone... Unless you want to sit up in fear for hours, jumping at every sound the night brings!
If you like true, old school tension filled thrillers with a good dose of horror combined in a way that sticks with you long after the book is done then check out one of the new masters of horror in Jack Kilborn, whether he writes alone or with someone else. Guaranteed to be a book you'll remember long after the last page is read!
It was graphically violent and gross. It relied on deformity and depravity to create suspense.
The general premise was interesting, but it was so over the top that it was really hard to concentrate on the characters and the plot. I love suspense, but do not care for horror that relies on graphic violence and sadism alone, which this book largely did.
Yes and no. He had a number of different voices, but Lettie and Florence often sounded the same, and virtually all of the "freaks" sounded the same.
I did have a bit of curiosity about what happened next, and that kept me listening, but it was painful. If I hadn't waited so long to download and listen to this book, I would have taken advantage of the opportunity to return it.
I think people who truly enjoy slasher movies may like this book, but I'm not one of those people.