Book Review: Stolen Tongues by Felix Blackwell
Author: Felix Blackwell
Published: June 20, 2017
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
A romantic cabin getaway doesn’t go exactly as planned.
High up on the windswept cliffs of Pale Peak, Faye and Felix celebrate their new engagement. But soon, a chorus of ghastly noises erupts from the nearby woods: the screams of animals, the cries of children, and the mad babble of a hundred mournful voices. A dark figure looms near the windows in the dead of night, whispering to Faye. As the weather turns deadly, Felix discovers that his terrified fiancée isn’t just mumbling in her sleep – she’s whispering back.
Dang, this was a scary one!! I legit got creeped out while reading this book! Thanks to Beccie for getting it for me!
First, the issues. I didn’t have too many but there were just enough to keep me from giving 5 stars. I didn’t get nearly enough by the end; y’all know I love getting as much info as possible and I’m upset when I don’t get it. I get that some things are better left buried, but I also like digging things up; it’s what I do! But, paradoxically, I think the effectiveness of the horror diminished as the story went on. It wasn’t that I learned too much of the creature and the situation, it’s just that it happened so much and the exposure to it all was every night, that eventually, the horror just kind of wore off. It became a daily occurrence that should have terrified me, but just felt too much.
I also felt that the twist wasn’t super twisty. I appreciate the metaphor and I was still satisfied with the explanation that I got; but as long as it took to get there, the pay off just felt anticlimactic. All that makes it sound like I didn’t like this book and that couldn’t be farther from the truth! I actually really liked it! It had me creeped out and I liked the Native American culture that was thrown in. I was able to sympathize with the characters and got very invested in their plight. This is a great read for the spooky season!!