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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

BLOG TOUR: The Sorrows by Jonthan Janz @jonathanjanz @flametreepress

The Sorrows
by Jonathan Janz

Publisher: Flame Tree Press
Publish Date: December 1, 2018
Paperback, 2nd Edition
288 Pages
Genre: Horror

The Sorrows, an island off the coast of northern California, and its castle have been uninhabited since a series of gruesome murders in 1925. But its owner needs money, so he allows film composers Ben and Eddie and a couple of their female friends to stay a month in Castle Blackwood. Eddie is certain a haunted castle is just the setting Ben needs to find inspiration for a horror film.

But what they find is more horrific than any movie. Something is waiting for them in the castle. A malevolent being has been trapped for nearly a century. And he’s ready to feed.

Jonathan Janz is the author of more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories.

His work has been championed by authors like Joe R. Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, and Brian Keene; he has also been lauded by Publishers Weekly, the Library Journal, and the School Library Journal.

His novel Children of the Dark was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Horror Book of the Year.
Jonathan’s main interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children.

You can sign up for his newsletter (http://jonathanjanz.us12.list-manage....), and you can follow him on Twitter @JonathanJanz Instagram @jonathan.janz

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

My Review:

Things I've learned from this book:
1. It's ok to be a 71/2 as long as you look like a Renoir girl;
2. Never go to a Castle with a shady history just to try and prove yourself (especially if you're a girl);
3. Never try to save a child in the woods unless you're absolutely certain he doesn't have a home; and
3. If all else fails, always kick 'em in the balls!

For some reason I failed to notice that this is Janz's debut novel! WHAT?!  I recently read Siren & The Specter (see my review here) and loved it so when given the opportunity to receive this for review, well... how could I say no?!  Once again we get some interesting, gruesome sex scenes, some crazy ass characters and a horned monster who wants what it wants WHEN IT WANTS IT.  I never got any creepy creepy chills while reading this but I did enjoy the past to present perspectives as we learn about several of the characters.. at first it feels like a lot but then I got used to it and everything fell into place.

The men are men - constantly ogling and trying to get theirs.  The women are using their wiles to get theirs.  All of them are subject to die. I didn't think I was going to actually connect to any of the characters but I'll be honest - there was one moment with Claire and Chris that was like "ah..." and then I was all "wait, what? Why do I feel like this?!" Haha.

Overall I found this a highly entertaining book with the usual trope of sex, violence, vengeance and the paranormal.  Check, check, check and CHECK! I think I like The Siren and the Specter a bit better and can see the maturity in his writing from this book to that one and for that I'll rate this a little bit lower than I did for Siren.  I'll tell you what though, Janz is on my list of horror writers to keep a watch on and I can't see what he brings to the table for us next!


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