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Publisher's Summary

"If you like Stephen King or Dean Koontz you will like this story." (Sunny DuPree)

Bag of Bones meets Stranger Things....

Gilchrist is as beautiful as it is terrifying - a novel of mounting suspense, with an unsettlingly human heart at its core...black as it may be.

Two years after losing their infant son to a tragic accident, Peter Martell, a novelist with a peculiar knack for finding lost things, and his wife, Sylvia, are devastated to learn they may no longer be able to have children. In need of a fresh start, and compelled by strange dreams, the couple decide to rent a lake house in the idyllic town of Gilchrist, Massachusetts, a place where bad things might just happen for a reason. As bizarre events begin to unfold around them - a chance encounter with a gifted six-year-old boy, a series of violent deaths, and repeated sightings of a strange creature with a terrifying nature - Peter and Sylvia are drawn into the chaos and soon discover that coming to Gilchrist may not have been their decision at all.

Set against a small New England town in the summer of 1966, Gilchrist is a sinister tale about the haunting origins of violence, evil, and the undying power of memory.

©2017 Christian Galacar (P)2018 Christian Galacar

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Well Executed Horror

'Gilchrist' is a great example of a 17 hour long book feeling more like a 7 hour long book. While it was slow to really switch into gear, it allowed time to fully flesh out the characters so that they felt human to me. That served the story well, since we follow the main protagonists for a long while. Once the plot got going, it turns into a fun and juicy, old-school feeling horror mystery. Set in a small town and in the past, this one feels old in a very satisfying way. Kevin Clay delivers a performance that I thought was truly fascinating.

If you are sensitive to animal cruelty, I might steer clear of this one. It only has one incident but it's enough to ruin your day if you're sensitive to that kind of thing.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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It's slow but worth it

I stopped and started this one several times but actually managed to give it the necessary attention on a weekend road trip. It has a lot of moving parts and requires more from the listener than a typical audiobook. With that said, once it hits it's stride...It was worth all of the effort.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Loved it

I have severe ADHD and have a very hard time finishing books. Even the most suspenseful highly rated books sometimes will not work for me.
But this one I binged listened to. It kept my attention for the most of it, (even though sometimes I would be engaged with other things and had to rewind some) I finished it in no time. Wish there was a second part.
I will listen to it again!
My daughter was not too impressed but she is a stern critic.
Anyway, this book kept me at it and that is unfortunately a rare occasion for me.
The narrator was great too. Loved it!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great read!

After losing their son in an accident two years ago, Peter Martell and his wife Sylvia are devastated to learn that they might never be able to have another child. Peter has been having strange dreams and remembers the name Gilchrist from them. Out driving one day, he sees a sign for a place called Gilchrist and goes to investigate. Whilst there, he decides that a nice stay in a lake house will hopefully help his marriage and rents a cabin. Once there strange things start happening and Peters life is about to change forever!

This was a slow burner. We start off by getting to know Peter and Sylvia, which I really liked because it made them easier to like and connect with. Then we see some of the characters of Gilchrist and get to know them too. We get to see that this place isn't what we thought it was and that something evil is in town! I liked that the characters are all fleshed out and we get a sense of who they are.

The plot was slow to start too, but right from the start, we get a sense that something is coming and it makes the anticipation climb. There are some twists and turns that I enjoyed too. I also enjoyed the setting of the small town and that it was set in the 60's, it made it feel like the old school horror books.

In all, this was a good read. At nearly 17 hours, it's quite long, but it didn't feel it. It took me three days to listen to, though I wanted to listen to it quicker because I wanted to see what was happening. An enjoyable listen and I'll have to check out more from this author.

Kevin Clay did a great job with this. He was clear and concise and had tones for each of the characters, the only reason it wasn't a five start from me was because I felt like he needed to work a bit on his inflections and cadences to bring the creepy atmosphere to life fully!!

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Creepy Town

I did enjoy the book started out as Peter and Sylvia has to get away after the death of their son. The more you met the town’s character the stranger it gets. There is an ancient evil taking over the ordinary people making them murder and torment people. There was good character development. My only question was why didn’t Peter and Sylvia leave before something happen (do not want to give a spoiler) and narration was good. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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dark

it was a good book but I wouldn't go around and tell people to give it a listen, I'm a weird dude and some of the content made me a bit uncomfortable.

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Enjoyed it

if you like Stephen King, you'll enjoy this one! it kept me interested until the end

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Gilchrist

WOw!I loved this one!It took me back to the 80's and the horror books that came out then.A family loses a son and can not move on.They go to a small town on a lake to spend three weeks and find that a book written in the tone correlates to their story in strange ways.Kevin Clay was a terrific narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Meh

I’m a bit conflicted about weather I liked this or not. The idea and story could have been great. But the execution was just a bit off. Parts were terribly boring, I found myself needing to backup because I wasn’t paying attention. But I did want to finish it just see how it ended. The narrator did a great job.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great Novel

Good novel very interesting but the narration was excellent!! Can’t wait to hear more from Kevin Clay!!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful