Author: Stephen King
Published: March 2, 2021
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: April 28- May 5, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars
The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine – as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.
Later is Stephen King at his finest, a terrifying and touching story of innocence lost and the trials that test our sense of right and wrong. With echoes of King’s classic novel IT, Later is a powerful, haunting, unforgettable exploration of what it takes to stand up to evil in all the faces it wears.
Jamie Conklin is our narrator who starts from 4 years old to now being 22 years old. He has a unique ability: He can see and communicate with recently deceased people. They appear to him how they died; wearing what they were or were not wearing, and the cause of death still apparent. Also, if Jamie asks them a question then they must tell him the truth.”
This is an interesting premise and Later shows what happens when Jamie’s abilities are used by various people for a variety of means. But what happens if Jamie interacts with the wrong newly deceased person who decides to not go away? This is where King’s story happens.
Jamie lives with his single mom and her girl friend who is also a detective. This detective is important in many ways to the story, as much as the dead who make appearances.
This is not one of King’s best works, leave that to 11/22/63, The Green Mile and The Stand (which one day I WILL read!). The reason I picked Later up is because it was written by King and I inhaled his books as an older teenager. Later is just average for me. I was expecting a horror novel, Jamie himself even states throughout the novel that “Remember this is a horror novel” but in actuality it is far from that as it is not scary. When I got to the tipping point about halfway through I thought the horror element was going to come in full force, but it did not. And then there is a twist towards the end that I had figured out.
Overall, I would say to read King, but maybe one of his other novels.
Author: Grady Hendrix
Published: September 23, 2014
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars
Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.
To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.
A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, Horrorstör is designed to retain its luster and natural appearance for a lifetime of use. Pleasingly proportioned with generous French flaps and a softcover binding, Horrorstör delivers the psychological terror you need in the elegant package you deserve.
Holy cow. I’ve read Hendrix’s other books and loved them, so I’ve had my eye on this book for a long time. I read it in one sitting and it’s easily my favorite of this quarter, so far! He describes it as “horror parody” and that’s so accurate! So many times throughout the book, I felt both creeped out and amused. The book is in a catalog-ish format, so there were furniture illustrations. So many times, I had to stop reading so I could giggle! Yet I was still scared! How he managed that, I’m not sure, but he did!
The story itself is unique and engaging. Hendrix loves a good metaphor and of all his books, this one is the most obvious, so I didn’t feel quite so stupid after I finished it. Overall, I loved this book and I would recommend it to anyone! I think even those who don’t really like horror would like this book. But those who love horror will adore this book!! I thought it was brilliant!!
Don’t Tell A Soul
Author: Kirsten Miller
Published: January 26, 2021
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
A story about a new girl in an old town filled with dark secrets . . . that might just kill her.
People say the house is cursed.
It preys on the weakest, and young women are its favorite victims.
In Louth, they’re called the Dead Girls.
All Bram wanted was to disappear—from her old life, her family’s past, and from the scandal that continues to haunt her. The only place left to go is Louth, the tiny town on the Hudson River where her uncle, James, has been renovating an old mansion.
But James is haunted by his own ghosts. Months earlier, his beloved wife died in a fire that people say was set by her daughter. The tragedy left James a shell of the man Bram knew—and destroyed half the house he’d so lovingly restored.
The manor is creepy, and so are the locals. The people of Louth don’t want outsiders like Bram in their town, and with each passing day she’s discovering that the rumors they spread are just as disturbing as the secrets they hide. Most frightening of all are the legends they tell about the Dead Girls. Girls whose lives were cut short in the very house Bram now calls home.
The terrifying reality is that the Dead Girls may have never left the manor. And if Bram looks too hard into the town’s haunted past, she might not either.
I wish I could say I loved this book, cuz look at that cover: I bought it for the cover! And the description sounded like something I like with the old house and the ghosts … but I really didn’t like this book! I’m so tired of these characters who have chips on their shoulders! We get it, life isn’t fair, people are horrible, the teenage years just suck. Now grow up and start acting like the adult that you insist everyone treat you as. This book was a generic murder mystery with static, stereotypical characters and a setting filled with unrecognized potential.
The new woke topic is girls victimized by men and all men are bad and all girls are good; like I said, we get it, can we please find something new to write about? Oh and teens are idiots. That’s why they need parents; not want, need! So a book where all the adults are morons and incompetent and awful would be a lot better if the teens actually stepped up and acted like the mature ones. Stupid adults don’t work if you also have stupid teens. I was just so disappointed in this book! It had so much going for it but I considered DNFing it so many times. But I stuck it out and now I’m stuck with this boring, annoying story behind a fabulous cover. The only reason I added a star to my rating was because of the amazing cover.
I really don’t recommend this book for anything other than lovely decoration.