The Torment of Rachel Ames by Jeff Gunhus



The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

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

Series:  n.a.

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.”

“Who says?”

My Opinion

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.

In brief:

Writing Great
Plot Many twists
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
Characters Developed
Violence Some violence
Sexual content No sexual content (some hints)
POV Third person


About the author

Jeff Gunhus is the author thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 100 on Amazon and have been Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.


Connect with the author:

Amazon:  Jeff Gunhus
Amazon US:  Buy link

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Torment of Rachel Ames?  Or – if you did not yet read The Torment of Rachel Ames – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If The Torment of Rachel Ames was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

10 Statements – Jeff Gunhus



6 thoughts on “The Torment of Rachel Ames by Jeff Gunhus

  1. Pingback: Killer Pursuit (Allison McNeil Thriller, #2) by Jeff Gunhus – My train of thoughts on…

    • There are many different kinds of horror stories out there. Due to spoiler alert, I cannot tell you more about this story, Marje. Just one tiny bit of information: The reason why is sad.
      It is a well written story; I do not regret reading it in the least.

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