I have been a horror/thriller fan for as long as I can remember. As a fan, I have read a lot of mainstream horror, which can be softer but is often more polished. As a published horror author, who made the convention rounds, I was exposed to a lot of independent and self published works, which gave me a lot tastes of the darker, edgier side of horror. I found I liked them both, dependent on my mood, but I really like when you get mainstream polish that still has teeth as well. That is what I found in Night Chill by Jeff Gunhus.
From the back of the book:
Jack Tremont moves his family to the quiet mountains of Western Maryland hoping to leave behind a troubled past and restart his life. Instead, he finds himself caught up in a nightmare when his daughter Sarah is targeted by Nate Huckley, a mysterious and horrifying stranger driven by a dark power that will stop at nothing to possess Sarah. When Sarah goes missing, suspicion falls on Jack and he must uncover the secrets of the small mountain town of Prescott City and face the evil secret hidden there. As he digs further, he learns the conspiracy reaches more deeply than he could have imagined. Finally, he will have to face the question, What is a father willing to do to save his child? The answer? Anything. Anything at all.
The trick to good horror is making the unbelievable believable. There is a real finesse to that and this story is an example of doing it right. From the very first line, I was drawn into the story and liked the characters. Jack was easy to connect to, which made it so intense as things progressed.
As things started to ramp up, I read faster, hoping I could hurry Jack and his family along to safety. Of course, in horror there may not be safety, so I read on late into the night. The night is best time to read this too, because it is dripping in creepy.
Without giving it away, I want to say the horrifying secret is fabulously original in concept and the word building is masterful. I was so impressed as I went deeper in to the story, closer to the source. At no point was I ever pulled out of the story with doubts. It felt real, felt like it could happen, and that my friends is what scary is all about.
I can easily recommend you read this, creepy, chilling tale.
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