Feeling guilty that this is my first review for Ripley when I've bought/listened to/ and now read most of his catalog. The man is an exquisite horror writer. His pacing is as good as any thriller, and since I just finished Jonathan Maberry's Dogs of War, I can point to that as to how quick each scene moves. I'm floored by how much terror, character development, plotting, emotional investment are in Ripley's rapid-fire chapters. No description is ever wasted! They all add up to nail-shredding, heart-seizing, can't-read-fast-enough awesomeness.
Highlights or hooks that will keep me buying this new series:
Superbly developed villain (If Death Notes came in individual items of possession, this depraved young man would add them to his arsenal)
Love Victor and Jeremy as a team. Want to know more about Jeremy. Want justice for Victor.
Sustainable series. With the haunted collection in play, there is excellent potential for an overarching plot for the series that won't wane anytime soon.
Got a special appearance from a favorite character. Ripley, please consider reviving that series. Ha! Readers will just have to guess which one because this author is prolific, and I love that! And like most peeps who read multiple series from a favorite author, anytime the author links their universe together, it's a full-on nerdgasm!
So apologies to Ripley for not reviewing all works consumed, but consider me a patron anyway. I will be purchasing older works I do not yet have. And instead of receiving a free book for signing up for the newsletter, I will happily buy it. Looking forward to more from Ron Ripley and Scare Street team!