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Book Review: Apartment 401 by Boris Baćić

Apartment 401
Series:
Haunted Places

Author: Boris Baćić
Published: February 28, 2021
286 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

There’s something wrong with Apartment 401…

When the newlywed couple Brad and Julia decide to move into their new home, they are ecstatic to start their new lives. They finally have a home of their own, and with a baby on the way, this couldn’t have come at a better time.

However, just one day in the apartment is enough to tell them that something is very wrong. Things go missing only to reappear in strange places, footsteps and whispers echo in the rooms, and every night, the same song plays from somewhere inside the apartment.

The longer Brad and Julia spend in the apartment, the more they learn about the dark secrets that haunt it. No longer able to afford moving to a new place, they have to make a decision – run away from their new home, or face the apparitions that plague it.

One thing is for sure, though. They are not the only inhabitants of Apartment 401.

Kim’s Review:

This is my book club’s pick for October … spooky season!!!

And this cover looks amazing, just saying. I really liked this story! The only reason for the 4 stars is because I didn’t like how it felt like all the loose strings wouldn’t be tied up by the end of the book. Once the twist happens, I want everything to fall into place. This twist was crazy and I admit that I didn’t see it coming, but once it did, I didn’t like how I had to fight to make the little details make sense. Other than that, this book was good! Creepy!

I don’t want to get into the plot line too much because I don’t want to give it away. At first, I thought it was going to be a Rosemary’s Baby type story but then it went full on ghosts and haunting! I enjoyed the characters and they all had me questioning their motives at one time or another. This is a great one for Halloween or just anytime you have a horror itch!!

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Book Review: Psycho by Robert Bloch

Psycho
Series: Psycho #1

Author: Robert Bloch
Published: April 10, 1959
208 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

The story was all too real-indeed this classic was inspired by the real-life story of Ed Gein, a psychotic murderer who led a dual life. Alfred Hitchcock too was captivated, and turned the book into one of the most-loved classic films of all time the year after it was released.

She was a fugitive, lost in a storm. That was when she saw the sign: motel – vacancy. The sign was unlit, the motel dark. She switched off the engine, and sat thinking, alone and frightened. She had nobody. The stolen money wouldn’t help her, and Sam couldn’t either, because she had taken the wrong turning; she was on a strange road. There was nothing she could do now – she had made her grave and she’d have to lie in it. She froze. Where had that come from? Grave. It was bed, not grave. She shivered in the cold car, surrounded by shadows. Then, without a sound, a dark shape emerged from the blackness and the car door opened. Psycho is not a tale for queasy stomachs or faint hearts. It is filled with horrifying suspense and the climax, instead of being a relief, will hit the reader with bone-shattering force.

Kim’s Review:

I listened to this book on audio and a great listen it was! Holy cow! I totally get why Mr. Hitchcock latched onto this story the way he did! Norman Bates is a terrifying figure. Through his mother and you have a creepy story with a fascinating twist. And what makes it even more interesting is the time period it was written in; back when mental illness wasn’t really understood nor treated well. I can’t really say much about Psycho without giving too much away. I’d like to think that most people have at least watched the movie so they know what the twist is. However, for those who don’t, I won’t say too much. But I think everybody should read Psycho. It’s a Criminal Minds fan’s dream book! I love it!

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Book Review: The Culling by Sian B. Claven

The Culling
Author:
Sian B.Claven

Published:  May 15, 2018
219 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

In a post-apocalyptic world run by the demons of hell, it is time for the next Middle Born generation to leave their city and take a perilous journey to reach Nirvana.

Promised safety from the darkness of this world, they are not prepared for what they are about to face both as a group and as individuals.

Their worlds survival rests on their shoulders but all is not as it seems and they will be put to the ultimate test.

Kim’s Review:

Another triumph! Claven is now firmly established as one of my favorite horror authors ever!

The Culling was simple, easy to read, easy to understand, and downright terrifying! I feel a little stupid that I didn’t see the twist in it’s entirety before it was revealed, but what a twist:  My jaw dropped! And it didn’t take long to set up the plot and then throw us into the scary woods with freaky demons and frightful days and nights! I was pretty dang petrified while reading! I can’t decide if I want to go to Nirvana cuz I’m weird like that, or if I should stay far far away because of my rather strong survival instincts. And my trust issues are probably from reading books like this … and I’m strangely ok with that. I definitely rank The Culling as one of Claven’s best and I definitely recommend it to all horror fans!

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