The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Suffering from writer’s block, novelist Rachel Ames escapes to a lake cabin to calm her mind and regain a sense of herself. The location is perfect. Isolated. Beautiful. Inspiring. It even comes with a good-looking landlord who shows an interest in her. But she can’t shake the sense that something terrible has followed her to the lake, something just beyond her consciousness, something out on the edge where the sounds of a raging fire and sirens linger whenever she slows down to listen. Determined to make the cabin work, she tries to settle in and give her new life a chance. But when strange things begin to happen around her, she wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake. As the darkness that’s followed her manifests itself in inexplicable ways, her concept of reality is stretched thin and she realizes nothing at the lake is what it seems. As she fights to survive with her sanity intact, she understands too late that the location she’s chosen for herself is far from perfect.
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Length: 121 pages
Release date: 2015-11-10
“I don’t tend to accept help from strangers,” she says.
“And I tend not to rent my cabin to them. First time for everything, as they say.”
This book introduces you to Rachel Ames, novelist suffering from writer’s block – on her way to a cabin by the lake.
With The Torment of Rachel Ames, Jeff Gunhus has created a subtly thrilling horror novella. It is a compelling read, making you wonder about Rachel, her encounters and the events at the lake. Jeff Gunhus draws the reader closer to Rachel while the story evolves. I was drawn rather close to Rachel. The characters are of sufficient depth, more or less weird; the events are strange. If you consider this too strange, please consider my recommendation: Keep on reading; an unanticipated turn of events explains everything.
This is a book for you if you like horror stories, food for thought.
|Sexual content||No sexual content (some hints)|
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