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Survivor Song Review

Title: Survivor Song
Author: Paul Tremblay
Type: Horror, Thriller
Pages: 320
Rating: 4/5

“Do you become a rose tree, and I the rose upon it? When the terrible men arrived only a rose tree and one rose on it”

Massachusetts has been infested with a virus that is spread by bites and saliva. The infection is like rabies but has a shorter incubation period. Natalie and her husband Paul are expecting a baby when tragedy occurs. Paul is killed and Natalie bitten. Natalie races to Ramola, a doctor and friend, for help. They race to the hospital to get the vaccine, hopefully in time and then they attempt to make it to another hospital so Natalie can have her baby. Did the vaccine work? Will they be able to deliver the baby in time? What kind of trouble will they run into?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, books with strong female characters are a huge win in my book! I loved both Natalie and Ramola’s character. They are some strong ladies. The story takes place over one night and is full of action, heartache and drama. It explores a realistic view of a zombie-like apocalypse through a pandemic. Crazy the similarities between our current pandemic and this fictional on regards to crazy conspiracy theories, lack of PPE etc. This was my first novel by Paul Tremblay and I really enjoyed it. I look forward to checking out his other works.

Category Archives: Horror

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires Review

Title: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
Author: Grady Hendrix
Type: Horror, Paranormal
Pages: 404
Rating: 4/5

This is my first book by Grady Hendrix and it won’t be my last. I absolutely loved the writing style and development of both the story and the characters. I felt entertained the entire time. There were definitely had some pretty gruesome parts that made my stomach turn.

It’s the 90’s and several housewives decide to start a book club and love reading/discussing true crime books. After several kids go missing on the other side of town, Patricia become suspicious of a new guy in town and she convinces the others in the book club that he’s bad news. Patrica thinks something isn’t quite right about James Harris. James can pretty convincing and seems to have the whole town wrapped around his finger. Over the course of 3 years he inserts himself into Patricia and her family’s life but she won’t give up without a fight. What is James doing to the children and can Patricia convince her book club that he needs to be stopped?

As mentioned, the book is well written but I want to give a fair warning that there are some really cringe worthy parts. Some of the themes may make the reader feel uncomfortable. There was some strong female characters which is always a plus for me. Overall I am glad I read this and look forward to more of Hendrix’s work.

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Category Archives: Horror

The Patient Review

Title: The Patient
Author: Jasper DeWitt
Type: Horror, Thriller
Pages: 224
Rating: 5/5

Thank you NetGalley and Houghton Miffin Harcourt for the advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Patient is out July 7th!

What the heck did I just read?! I finished this book in less than 24 hours. It was definitely a fast paced book that left me feeling a little (ok a lot) creeped out. I might need to start sleeping with the light on! Parker is a psychiatrist that wants to solve the mystery of patient Joe who has been admitted for 30 years. No one has been able to diagnose Joe and many of the people that have worked with him have either committed/attempted suicide or gone mad. It’s not often I read a book that actually scares me.

Parker writes on an internet message board about a patient he treated and I feel in the age of social media that style of writing really draws the reader in. Such a clever way to write the story. Some of the sections were pretty long but it didn’t even bother me because I couldn’t put the book down. Plus the book is short so its a fast read.

This is a debut novel for Jasper and this isn’t my typical genre of choice but I look forward to more books by him. I feel he’s a new age Stephen King.

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