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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Review: The Forever House by Tim Waggoner @flametreepress @smithpublicity @timwaggoner

The Forever House 
by Tim Waggoner

Huge thanks to Smith Publicity and Flame Tree Press for this review copy.

Publisher: Flame Tree Press
Publish Date: March 26, 2020
288 Pages
Genre: Horror

This is Horror In Rockridge, Ohio, a sinister family moves into a sleepy cul de sac. The Eldreds feed on the negative emotions of humans, creating nightmarish realms within their house to entrap their prey. Neighbors are lured into the Eldreds' home and faced with challenges designed to heighten their darkest emotions so their inhuman captors can feed and feed well. If the humans are to have any hope of survival, they'll have to learn to overcome their prejudices and resentments toward one another and work together. But which will prove more deadly in the end, the Eldred . . . or each other?

My Review:

This was the horror book that I needed right now.  I remember reading the synopsis a WHILE back and then promptly forgot about it - I just knew I wanted to read it so I dove into this one, nose first, completely blind, and only hurt myself a little. 😉 

Yes to the creepy family that moves into the house where previous murders have occurred.  Yes to the diverse families that live in this cul de sac and who are now curious to this new family and their unknown intentions.  (Honestly though, if a neighbor left an invite to a bbq on my trash can, I probably wouldn't be prone to go but hey, maybe I'd be compelled unknowingly like they were?)  

The opening chapter really piqued my interest but I was also a bit hesitant - is this gonna get a little *too weird* for me.  HAHAHA - oh who am I kidding?  Rarely is anything too weird for me.  Waggoner takes us on quite the interesting journey.. and I loved it.  Give me all the creepy feels,  creepy he gave me in spades.  Such vivid visuals from the insincere, toothy smiles, the white clovers, the face that just doesn't move and the pasts come to life again.  But then also give me feelings whether between the families themselves or new ones forged in the intimacy that comes from being in a life and death and death and death situation. Ahem.

I do think there were a couple instances of wanting to teach the reader a lesson that while I understood why was in there, wasn't necessary for the sake of the story and I found a bit annoying rather than helpful.  I feel the character(s) this was pointed at didn't need it for their personality to come through.  That would be my only critique.  The whole of this story is very satisfying.  Certain instances may be a bit much for some readers but I thoroughly enjoyed that the author WENT THERE.  I'll hitch my horse to anything Waggoner writes.


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