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Friday, February 23, 2018

REVIEW: Kill Creek by Scott Thomas @inkshares #scotthomas #allthebookreviews

Kill Creek
by Scott Thomas

Thanks so much to Inkshares for these copies in return for our honest reviews!  
#allthebookreviews is loving on this horror!

Publisher:  Inkshares
Published: October 31, 2017
350 pages
Genre:  Horror

At the end of a dark prairie road, nearly forgotten in the Kansas countryside, lies the Finch House. For years it has perched empty, abandoned, and overgrown--but soon the door will be opened for the first time in many decades. But something waits, lurking in the shadows, anxious to meet its new guests.

When best-selling horror author Sam McGarver is invited to spend Halloween night in one of the country's most infamous haunted houses, he reluctantly agrees. At least he won't be alone; joining him are three other masters of the macabre, writers who have helped shape modern horror. But what begins as a simple publicity stunt soon becomes a fight for survival--the entity they have awakened will follow them, torment them, threatening to make them part of the bloody legacy of Kill Creek.

My Review:

Four horror writers, each unique in their writing style, are invited to do an interview.  Little did they realize that it would be in a house rumored to be haunted.  Hoping to increase their sales, they agree to stay the night.  Their host knows exactly what buttons to push to get the ratings he needs on his live feeds.  Each author has their inner demons and they come to haunt them one by one within the house.  They make it to morning and then leave the house and it's eerie ways.  It's what happens to them afterwards that propels them back into each other's lives... and back into that house.

I love me a good haunted house story if it's done well.  And this one definitely is.  The author does a great job of engaging you with each character.. their differences in writing style, personalities and what keeps them awake at night.  There were definitely some goosebumps and chills in various parts of the read.  The house not only came alive in the book, but in my mind as well.  

The only thing that keeps this from a 5 star rating for me is that ultimately it's your typical kind of haunted house kind of read.  A story that, while maybe slightly different, feels like one I've read before.  However, that does NOT take away with how beautiful of a job the author did with this story.  I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions, getting creeped out and how effortlessly he could become each of his characters and then go into THEIR writing styles.  Fascinating and absolutely impressive.  Will definitely be looking forward to more of this author's work.


Jessica's Review:

Now, I'm a huge horror fan, and with that being said it's hard for books and movies to actually scare me. Well, if you're a horror lover looking for the next creepy read, then look no further. KILL CREEK by Scott Thomas is the perfect eerie, creepy, and scary haunted house story. Throw in horror authors as the main characters, and we've got a recipe for an exciting book!

Set back in the Kansas countryside sits the Finch House. This abandoned house has made a reputation for itself as one of the country's most infamous haunted houses and its doors will be opened once more for a new set of visitors. 

Sam McGarver is a best-selling horror author, and when he is invited to stay Halloween night at the Finch House, he doesn't pass up the opportunity. Not wanting to be alone, he invites three fellow horror authors, and together the four of them will spend the night in Finch House on Halloween night. A publicity stunt quickly turns into a fight for survival. Their presence has awoken something that will torment them - will they become a part of the legacy of Kill Creek?

I loved this book. Not only did I love the concept of the horror authors going into a haunted house - I mean you have to be expecting them to be the biggest skeptics (or would they be in denial?) of the all the paranormal activities taking place. I don't want to give away too much about what else happens because I feel like these types of haunted house novels are ones you need to fully experience without spoilers! There's dark humor, action, butting heads between the authors, and every horror book wouldn't be complete without murder. This book grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go! 

Overall, if you love a good and scary haunted house, then you need KILL CREEK on your TBR. If you like being scared and experiencing that "someone is standing behind me" paranoia while you read, then look no further. I'll definitely be looking for more from Scott Thomas!

I give this 5/5 stars!

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