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Friday, June 16, 2017

#allthebookreviews : A God in the Shed by J-F Dubeau @jfdubeau @inkshares

A God in the Shed by J-F Dubeau

First, just LOOK at this cover. LOOK! Isn't it gorgeous?  
I've found myself reading thriller after thriller after thriller, with the occasional YA or Rom-Com thrown in... but to go back to my first love, HORROR... ahhhh.... it's like going home after being on sabbatical for months. See what Jessica and I thought of this story... it's the first in a trilogy and you bet your sweet ass we will be continuing.   

-Move over True Detective. A rich, gothic story of murder and mystery, A God in The Shed is quite possibly one of the most enthralling novels I've read in the last ten years. Dubeau is a force to be reckoned with.- --Jerry Smith, Fangoria Magazine and 

The village of Saint-Ferdinand has all the trappings of a quiet life: farmhouses stretching from one main street, a small police precinct, a few diners and cafes, and a grocery store. Though if an out-of-towner stopped in, they would notice one unusual thing--a cemetery far too large and much too full for such a small town, lined with the victims of the Saint-Ferdinand Killer, who has eluded police for nearly two decades. It's not until after Inspector Stephen Crowley finally catches the killer that the town discovers even darker forces are at play. 

When a dark spirit reveals itself to Venus McKenzie, one of Saint-Ferdinand's teenage residents, she learns that this creature's power has a long history with her town--and that the serial murders merely scratch the surface of a past burdened by evil secrets.

My Thoughts:

So happy to be reading my first love, horror, again! And what a story to get into! Occult? Yes! Supernatural? Yes! Ancient Evil? Yessssssssss! A dark spirit introduces itself to a group of boys years ago, but it plays by its own rules and should you choose to cheat... well, nothing can save you. Don't anger this ancient god, do not break the rules and do NOT set it free once you find a way to trap it. Flash forward and we see the town of Saint-Ferdinand in which the inhabitants have been living in fear for almost twenty years and bodies continue to go missing while the killer remains at large. Inspector Crowley (yay for this Supernatural FAN!) finally catches the killer, but bodies continue to go missing. Is there an accomplice? Or are their darker forces involved?

Enter Venus, a teenager who accidentally traps a dark god in her shed (hey-o, title!). Her curiosity piqued, she finds out about the town's history and how key people within the community are catalysts to something bigger... darker... and bloodier. Will she set this god free to get her deepest desire?

The author brings in many characters and we see from a variety of perspectives from chapter to chapter. Even with these vast introductions, I never felt lost and I felt he was setting up a history within a history for each character as a baseline for something prominent in the future. It's bloody, gory, mysterious, moderate to slow paced and sucks you right in. I love these types of books and Mr. Dubeau does not disappoint. My black heart is full. The cover is gorgeous, the story line is interesting, I'll never play a game of hide and seek again and I want to make furry coats out of stuffed animals for all hairless cats. Confused? Read the book so you won't be ;).

Keeping this at 4 stars because a few things were left a little untied at the end... I'm assuming and hoping that this is a set up for upcoming sequels because I'll be following Mr. Dubeau for quite some time I think. 

Jessica's Thoughts:

Guys! Before you even think of reading her review, just LOOK at the puppy! PUPPY!!!!!!!!

So I was instantly drawn to this book for two reasons - that cover and then the comparison to other great horror authors (King, Simmons, Barker, etc). There was also a mention of the occult and the sentence, "Stephen King's IT meets Jeepers Creepers." Otherwise, I went into it blindly - oh my god. If you want a great horror story, then you need to pick up A GOD IN THE SHED by J. F. Dubeau. 

I just have to say, that prologue. Wow! That really sets the tone for this entire book. This is a very atmospheric thriller taking place in Quebec, Canada - specifically the small village of Saint-Ferdinand. This small village has everything you'd expect; farmhouses, one main street, small police precinct, a grocery store, and a couple of diners. However, the most unusual thing about this town is the cemetery - far too large, and too full, for such a small area. All are victims from the Saint-Ferdinand Killer, who successfully eluded police for almost 20 years until Inspector Stephen Crowley caught him. 

Now that he's been caught, a much darker force is uncovered. A dark spirit has revealed itself to Venus - a local teenager. This creatures shows her what its capable of and that it has a long seeded history with Saint-Ferdinand. Something so dark and evil that the serial murders just barely scratch the surface. 

It is told in multiple perspectives, which could get a little bit confusing, but I love that style of writing. So much gore, blood, and twisted things happening in this small town. It does have a slower pace to it, but I couldn't put it down! I had to know the next demented thing that was going to happen. The characters were very well-developed and complex - Dubeau made it so easy to connect with the characters (even the serial killer!). 

It was left open ended because - as I just learned - this is part one of a trilogy. So I can't be upset that not all my questions were answered. Without a doubt, I'll be getting book 2 and 3. If you're a fan of horror, ghosts, monsters, the occult, and serial killers, then I'd highly recommend this one to you. 

I give this 5/5 stars!

Huge thanks to Inkshares for these copies in return for our honest reviews!

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