Dead Spots was my first time reading a Rhiannon Frater book and I have to say, I was quite impressed. I cracked it open and was hooked from the prologue. That doesn’t happen for me very often. Most books require at least a few chapters to grab me.
Right out of the gate, this book starts out with a heartbreaking series of events. As it states in the blurb, our main girl Mackenzie ends up giving birth to a stillborn child. The fallout of her son’s death consists of her marriage coming to an abrupt end and her being forced to move back to her home state of Texas. On the road, she encounters what is known as a dead spot – a place between. Between the living and the dead.
The atmosphere Frater builds is positively creeptastic. She wastes no time dragging you from the dreary world where Mackenzie has to say goodbye to the life she could have had to the dead spot where that life haunts her at her every turn. She even thoroughly grossed me out at one point. It was pretty awesome.
The premise behind Dead Spots is what attracted me to the title. I am a big fan of horror and the idea of being trapped in a place like that is a little terrifying. A place where if you can imagine it in your fears, it can come to life and kill you. It’s an intriguing plot design and the tone of the book kind of reminded me of John Carpenter’s In The Mouth of Madness.
Overall, Dead Spots is an incredibly well-written book and I am so glad I gave it a try. Now I have to go through the authors catalog and pick up some other reads of her. I loved the style and pacing of this story and I am hoping to find it’s a common thread in her writing. If you’re a fan of Stephen King (think circa Gerald’s Game or Dolan’s Cadillac) or even the more tame pieces in Dean Koontz’s catalog, I think you’d like Dead Spots. It creepy but still touches your heart, which is a hard balancing act to pull off. Brava, Ms, Frater!