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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Review: Reaper by Jonathan Pongratz #horror

by Jonathan Pongratz 

Thanks to the author for this horror novella.

Publish Date: April 19, 2019
Kindle Edition
Genre: Horror

Gregory and his little sister Imogen love spending Halloween with their parents. But this year is different. If he proves he can take care of Imogen all by himself, he’ll finally have the allowance he’s dreamed of. 

That was before the basement door opened on its own. Before the strange door appeared in the basement and Imogen was taken from him by the monster. 

Now everyone in town is blaming him for her disappearance, but no one is listening to his story. Where did the door come from? What was that creature? And most of all, can he find his sister before it’s too late, or will he bury his memories of her along with his parents?

My Review:

Ah... this novella reminded me of the horror books I read as a kid so the nostalgia was a lot of fun. Poor Gregory finally gets to show how grown up he is by being offered the opportunity to babysit his little sister and hand out candy on Halloween while his parents are out.  What can go wrong, does go wrong and he gets blamed for his sister's disappearance and assumed death.  But children have been consistently disappearing and he's determined to try and clear his name. Along the way, he learns things he wish he never had.  

I did have fun with this but like with most novellas and short stories, I need just a little bit more.  I always feel like endings are a bit rushed and it takes a lot to fully make me five star one.  That being said, the hints thrown in were fairly obvious and I was a bit "concerned", like Gregory, on why the people in this town just didn't do "THIS". Hahaha - but hey, that's the fun of horror right? If people did the things they were supposed to, well.... we wouldn't have quite the stories we normally would.

I think maybe this is better suited for middle grade readers rather than me as an audience.  It was definitely entertaining though.


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