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  • Monster Story on July 10, 2011

    Synopsis from the authors site Christy McCauley has returned home to a surreal nightmare. In the deep hollows of rural Augusta County, something unspeakable is slaughtering people in the night. Authorities don't know if its human or animal, or how to stop it. Christy and her friends only know they must hunt it and destroy it, before it kills again. As you may have picked up from the synopsis Christy McCauley is our main character, returning home from the big city to the quiet town she grew up in. The people are the same but there is a monster on the loose and the police don't know what to make of it. Is it a bear or some lunatic on the loose, ripping apart the residents. This is a horror story with a few twists (getting a view point from the monster as well as the characters). Early on we follow the monster and it emerging (which I drew my own conclusions and though I knew what it was, I was wrong). This novel can't be just put into the horror category as it has many levels to it, it is certainly a thriller and keeps you on edge but also takes you into the budding relationships between the characters and animals alike (I loved that!). The horror aspect and murders scenes paint quite a picture and are really graphic and quite gory which scores big points for this kind of book The story has so many heart stopping, tension building moments, I can tell you I lost some sleep as I had to find out how it all turned out. Right up until the last pages it has you gripped and on the edge of your seat. I feel there was definate scope for a prequel with this and if it does come out I would certainly be getting it to find out the origins of our monster. Engaging, easy to follow and certainly easy to read, I was hooked practically from the beginning - a 4/5 for me.
  • Half-Inch on Sep. 17, 2011

    Pammy has had enough of Bobby, her abusive drunk of a husband. One lovely spring day, she decides to kill him, despite the fact that they will soon be divorced and he will, at least in the eyes of the law, be out of her life for good. Indulging in homicidal daydreams for years has led her to devise her own perfect and completely bizarre plan. My review For over a decade(and then some) Pammy has been married to Bobby, a violent nasty little thug who has done nothing but use and abuse her practically since they dated. Bobby has decided he is going to divorce Pammy and take everything he can get, she hasn't stood up to him before and he knows "Pammy Whammy" wont stand up to him now. But he is wrong! Bobby unwittingly goes too far and awakens in his wife a side neither of them knew existed and this side has had enough. Divorce won't cut it, she wants him dead and after years of Pammy fantasizing about it it is about to come true. With her sassy confident lawyer Pammy takes up her part in the divorce and starts enjoying life as she has never known it before. Able to watch tv and drink as much soda as she wants without any repercussions from her husband. Really easy to read and I think anyone who has been touched by domestic violence will be able to relate to Pammy. I quite enjoyed it and wish it had been a bit longer 3/5