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I read this book when it first came out.....I just realized I hadn't reviewed it yet.

I've been reading horror as long as I can remember.....I started reading Stephen King at 12/13 yrs old. This is.....without a doubt....the scariest book I've ever read! I don't normally find books scary at all....with this book, I actually got creeped out!
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Jfranklin592262 | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 25, 2024 |
The prologue itself drew me in to the story very quickly. There was definitely some very creepy and hold your breathe moments throughout the book. However, I felt that from the middle of the book and on, the story seemed to drag out. Towards the ending came some great events but then the ending fell a little flat. My overall rating is 3.5 stars rounding up to 4. I would still recommend this book as the story telling itself was well done.
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CrystalR68 | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 20, 2024 |
I gave this an extra half star because the first quarter of the book had a good thing going. It was an interesting concept.

The characters are not well written and particularly the writing of Faye was HORRIBLE. Felix was like "Oh she's so fiery and mysterious" but in the book she was just a smart alec. Like okay....

Very cringy and anticlimactic.

This book would have been WAY better in two steps- 1) if Felix had just broken up with Faye and; 2) figured out what was going on at Pale Peak with his will-they-won't-they romantic/platonic/new bestie Nathan.

As a note, I did listen to the Audible version of this book and respectfully I don't think the voice actor helped the book.

Overall? This is a no from me.½
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annahuber13 | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 30, 2024 |
I wanted to stab this book with pointy claws. Very poorly written. This book desperately needed an editor and someone to rein in the main character.

There were unrealistic situations in the “normal” worlds of the character's lives. No, not the supernatural ones – Those were actually (marginally) fine. I'm talking about: beyond super-understanding co-workers and bosses; neighbors that would have been calling the police on a daily basis; strangers willing to step in and let the main character walk all over them; a crazy number of side characters keeping secrets to absolutely no purpose; relatives that bowed and scraped to the main character once he got “tough” with them … God, what a douche.

The main character was one of the worst Gary Stus I've read in a good long while. There were pages upon pages of the main character spelling out what a wonderful and virtuous person he was.

Then there was the Magical Indian trope. I'm so sick of it. Either create a person who has a Native American background and who is well-rounded and has seen some shit in their lives, or stop using the trope. I'm just so done with it across the board for everything. It's just shorthand for lazy writers.

And the author killed them off for absolutely no reason. They are supposed to be the smart ones. Felix is just a dumb jerk to everyone (including Faye), yet the two older, wiser native people sacrifice themselves. WHY? They knew the history. Why would they do this for either Faye or Felix? They had known them for like, what, a week?

I nearly threw in the towel at the point where some magic herbs vaguely solved the problem of the huge, scary dream monster. Our tough little Felix Stu almost defeats him by loud words, but is defeated by puke. Hating to puke is his character flaw that proves he's not a Gary Stu! OH, NOES!

I managed to finish it, but this was a huge disappointment. Maybe it would have been better on audiobook or better as a drastically reduced creepypasta. I don't know. But, yeah. Felix Stu. Awful person.
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rabbit-stew | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 31, 2023 |
It has been a minute since I’ve read a book this quick. But whoo did it give me the creeps. Of course I stayed up late to finish and will absolutely have trouble sleeping, but recommend for a good solid scare of a read.
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HauntedTaco13 | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 29, 2023 |
Enjoyably Good
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saltyessentials | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 23, 2023 |
Quite a fucked up book that grips you tight from the start, however, becomes repetitive until the last 25 or so pages. Still very scary though.
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Kerrazyscott | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 7, 2023 |
I loved this book so much
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cleverlettuce | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 6, 2023 |
This was so scary!
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Danielle.Desrochers | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 10, 2023 |
Opening was one of the most unsettling things I’ve ever read, so it was a shame that it had nothing to do with the rest of the story, which went on way to long for a not interesting plot with a crappy explanation.
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Emree | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 20, 2023 |
Overall, I quite enjoyed this novel. It has its flaws, but on the whole, it's absolutely worth the read.

There's a lot to love here, and I thing the thing I loved the most was the very real relationship between Felix and Faye. Their sarcastic dialogue back and forth and just the overall interaction between the two, for me, was spot on, and it did much of the heavy lifting to invest me in this novel. You don't necessarily have to like the characters in a novel, but you have to care for them in some way. I really cared for Faye and Felix.

Side note: I have no idea why Felix Blackwell the author chose to write a book starring Felix Blackwell the main character, but it's a bold choice, and I have to say, I kind of dug it.

Almost every one of the horrific scenes did exactly what they were supposed to do. They were dark, they were unsettling, they grabbed me by the throat and didn't release me. Exactly what a horror novel should do.

If I had to point to anything that I found a touch off-putting, it might be the length of the novel, as we were treated to fairly similar scenes with Faye on multiple occasions. In my humble opinion, had Blackwell (the author, not the character) chosen two or three "set-piece" scenes of horror, and packed all the scary goodness into them, it would have cut down on the repetitions and made this a bit more fast-paced compelling read. But having said that, I will say I never truly felt the story dragged at all.

I will say, I caught some The Manitou vibes off the book. Story-wise, the two books are utterly different, but both utilize similar ancient evil that comes back and fixates on white people, indigenous sources are called upon and offer up just enough information to understand what's happening, but not enough to outright defeat it easily, and the indigenous sources are also ultimately claimed by the ancient evil, leaving the whites to sort out the mess on their own.

But Blackwell does handle it far better than Masterton does.

The only other two sticking points I have are Faye's parents, and the wrap up at the end of the book. Minor spoilers ahead...

Faye's parents first. In the novel, Faye's going through hell. The parents hold the secret, but really don't want to give it up, even in the case of Faye severely suffering. Blackwell really didn't give a lot of motivation behind why they'd hold back for so long, other than the mom was a pain in the butt. Even less touched upon was why a family holds a cabin on a mountain that they never visit, but never try to unload, despite their reluctance to ever go there. If they don't like the place...why keep it for decades? Even if we'd been given some sign of, "well, we tried, but every damn time someone looked at it, they seemed to get the creeps and we never got an offer on the place." Even that one sentence would have gone a long way to explaining.

And then there's the wrap up at the end, when all is said and done. It's my opinion that, if you need to have an info dump at the end to explain why everything happened the way it did—in this case, why the ancient evil glommed on to Faye so hard, and how she was able to defeat it so easily in the end...perhaps too easily, to be honest, but we'll let that one go...then the author didn't necessarily do a good enough job of working that into the narrative throughout the book. And that's all I'll say about that.

So, as I said at the beginning, the book is not without it's flaws—and really, what novel isn't, in some way? —but overall, it's a good, creepy read. Worth the time.
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TobinElliott | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 25, 2023 |
Deeply unsettling and exceedingly creepy. Brilliant.
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Chris.Cummings | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 29, 2022 |
Unfortunately I will not be finishing this story. I am in the major minority on this one as there are lots of people that gave it four and five stars. The story starts out great with lots of spooky atmosphere, but then it kind of goes downhill for me as there is too much repetition of what is happening within the story.

I will give just a small taste of what happens without giving away spoilers:

Felix and his wife Faye go to a cabin in the mountains to get away from it all, but while there they start hearing voices in the woods and all around the cabin. Faye has always had trouble with sleep walking and even talking in her sleep, but things become strange when she starts talking in her sleep to whatever is outside their cabin.

That is about all I am going to give on a small taste but the problem with the story was that it continues to be that way with her talking in her sleep every night with the voices that are outside of the cabin. Even after they leave the cabin and go back home - whatever was there at the cabin seems to follow them and she continues to talk in her sleep to the voices.

I was up to the 49% mark and it was the same thing throughout with the sleep talking. I just do not like a repetitive story. The writing style was great though so I might see what else this author has out there and try another book he wrote. It was interesting though how the author wrote the book in first person and wrote himself into the story as he is the main character, Felix. Other readers might like this book, but it was just not for me. Since this book is a "dnf" I will not be adding stars as I don't rate books I don't finish.

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BookNookRetreat7 | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 25, 2022 |
Excellent debut of a promising scare master that suffers in the final stretch from lack of editing, too many episodic encounters and ultimately implausible reactions that dilute the build-up, and an ending wobbles when you sit down on it. That said, when it's working, it's real don't-turn-off-the-lights stuff and I look forward to seeing more of Blackwell's work.
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Lemeritus | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 12, 2022 |
This book came to attention on Reddit leading to publication, so it created something of a stir on social media recently. Like many others, curiosity led me to read it. I like the background to the story and the reasons for the author writing it (detailed in the author’s afterword), and some parts of the book have a decidedly creepy factor. However, it didn’t scare me and I felt the story went on for too long. I could often picture this being far more unsettling if filmed.
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SharonMariaBidwell | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 8, 2021 |