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I'm a horror and YA paranormal thriller writer. In September, I published my first novel, MALICE. Two of my short stories, THE GRIP and THE SECOND COMING, as well as my novella, BIRD OF PREY, are now also online. And don't worry, I've got plenty more in the pipeline, including a zombie novella that's currently in the works. If you felt like saying hello or you just wanted to engage in some good old fashioned internet stalking, you can find me at my blog: http://griffin-hayes.blogspot.com/
on Sep. 01, 2013 :
I received this as a Member Giveaway from LibraryThing. It is labeled as a paranormal thriller. I really enjoyed the characters in this story. They were believable for characters in this genre and I was definitely rooting for Tyson Barrett as the protagonist in this story. The plot developed smoothly with enough detail to keep me in the edge of my seat. I really liked the settings at the lake as well. I would have liked a little more scientific explanation as to what was happening to Tyson Barrett, maybe from one of the doctors. All the theories were coming from Tyson, who didn't really know what was going on or why, but he was doing a good job guessing. A more formalized, scientific explanation at the end of the story might have added to the understanding of the events, but overall, I really enjoyed this book.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Oct. 13, 2012 :
There was something about the imagination of the author in this book which reminded me strongly of Clive Barker, probably a combination of the imagination, especially some of the gorier creations, and the way he manages to build up an atmosphere of fear and tension as the novel progresses towards its conclusion. And as a huge Barker fan that is praise indeed. But don't be mistaken into thinking this is a copycat or wannabe Barker, because Griffin Hayes has his own unique voice.
This isn't the longest novel around, but then it's quite reasonably priced for the length of it, and there was no need for it to be any longer. In fact I would go as far as to say it was a perfect length as it was, long enough to keep the reader entertained but never so long as to risk becoming boring.
The novel focuses on an insomniac, who is trialling a new drug called Noxil. Needless to say, it doesn't have quite the same effect it was meant to have in curing his sleeping disorder. I feel particularly constrained by this novel in not wanting to elaborate too much on the plot for fear of giving too much away, so I will leave it at that. There were a number of twists along the way, one or two I saw coming, (not that it detracted from the novel in any way, I suspect the author may even have wanted us to work it out to build up tension as the story went on) and a couple I was left guessing about until the last minute.
I would recommend this novel for fans of the horror genre, prepare to be scared!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)