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A hilarious blend of horror and thriller.

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-01-18

Let's take a quick break from the life sucking vortex that is our cell phones and talk about this book! Ghoster by Jason Arnopp is a hilarious blend of supernatural horror and thriller, I couldn’t get enough of it. This book was a refreshing change from my usual reads in the horror genre. Jason Arnopp has a great sense of humour while still keeping this spooky. Aside from being quirky and funny, the book really shines a light on society’s addiction to their devices. It certainly made me think about my own addiction to my phone. This was a well rounded read that checked off a lot of boxes for me as a reader but I felt that it was a little lengthy. Regardless of the page count, I believe this book has everything you as a reader need to be entertained. 

It's not often you get something this funny in horror fiction. At least not without sacrificing the narrative in some way. I have seen some attempts to add comedy but it always feels wrong, as if maybe the author was trying to hard. Jason Arnopp is a natural and his humor seems to blend well with the story giving it that special something to stand out in the genre. I would love to see the authors Google search history while doing research for this book. Jason Arnopp, Please don't tell me this was mostly based on personal experience. I don't want to believe the Death Grip Cult is a real thing!

I think the issues the book presents are so interesting. Let's face the facts, society has a serious addiction. There are studies that suggest the average person Is on their phone six to twelve hours a day. That is a devastating statistic when you think about it. Now, here's something else to consider. If you sleep six to eight hours out of every twenty four hour day then that means the average person is staring at a screen for six to twelve hours of their sixteen hours of awake time. So the question is, what are you supposed to be doing when your staring at your phone? Driving, studying, working, or even parenting. Are you putting others at risk because your distracted by your device? This is the problem the author presents his characters in Ghoster. Can they resist the urge or will they succumb to the addiction in the search to find answers to the mysterious disappearance of Scott? 

Ghoster was a tad lengthy at 496 pages but it did go by fairly quickly. I think that readers won't mind terribly especially because the author is constantly spouting hilarious narrative page-after-page. The length of the book might have been longer than desirable but I wonder if the author could achieve the same comic relief in a ghost story by cutting the page count down. I am not sure that he could have. Honestly, I think Jason Arnopp wrote a hell of a good story here and regardless of my quarreling thoughts on length, I can't imagine missing a moment of this reading experience. 

I rate Ghoster by Jason Arnopp is 4 / 5 stars. This might be the most fun I've had reading in a long time. The authors unique sense of humor mixed with a suspenseful ghost story makes for an extremely entertaining read. I would absolutely recommend this book for fans of horror fiction that need a good laugh.

This is not your average ghost story, its amazing!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-01-18

Bookworm, I draw you forth to read this book. You dare not resist. This is your charge, you must obey. THIS IS YOUR CHARGE! 

Let's talk about this fantastic story by Chris Sorensen. This is not your average ghost story. The Nightmare Room is a complex tale of haunting spirits and demonic possession. Chris Sorensen did an exceptional job of writing the cast of characters in his story. From the protagonist to the eccentric bartender, they are all captivating and relatable on many levels. The author definitely knows how to instill a slow creep while winding up the tension. I enjoyed every moment and every scene in this book. The story really sets itself apart with the seamless shift in timelines. This is something that a lot of authors have difficulty writing and can ruin the experience. That is not the case in The Nightmare Room. The author really did something special here. An entertaining cast of characters in timeline shifting slow creep that is sure to satisfy horror fans.

Characters are a big part of the reading experience for me. I feel that if a reader can connect with a character, the story becomes more immersive. I made that connection with the entire cast in this book. The protagonist often steals the show but in The Nightmare Room, everyone had their moment in the spotlight. Peter's wife Hannah is a delightful woman who knows how to keep the party going. Riggs the loud mouth eccentric bartender of the Blindrock Tavern, and Ellen the gothic clairvoyant who wastes no time telling you exactly what's on her mind. All of them are entertaining and relatable in their own way. Riggs might actually be my favorite character. I feel like him and I are old buddy's who have enjoyed one too many beers on occasion. Let's not forget about the antagonist of this story, Mr. Tell aka Whisper. He is a demon summoned by blood magic and all-around spooky fiend. I'm a massive fan of the characters in this book and will definitely follow them in The Messy Man series.

The Nightmare Room is a haunting tale with tense scenes that consistently builds up which kept me glued to the pages. I honestly couldn't stop reading this book. It was entertaining as hell! I say it is a slow and steady creep but in now way was any of this story slow. The creeps kept on coming and the tension was wound tighter than a two dollar watch. I'm not sure what else I could say other than that I read the entire book in one sitting, it was impossible to stop.

I don't want to say too much about the timelines in fear of giving too much away. I've often read books where two or more timelines are written in and the author struggles to keep the reader bound-up in the story. The Nightmare Room actually managed to keep me immersed and I never felt lost like I have reading other books trying to achieve the same thing. Chris Sorensen did an incredible job of seamlessly weaving readers between past and present, then and now.

I rate The Nightmare Room 5 / 5 stars. I absolutely enjoyed everything about this book and can't wait to start The Hungry One's which is the next book in The Messy Man series. I highly recommend this book for all the horror loving bibliophiles looking for their next read. You will no doubt devour this book as I did.

This book is F@#$ing amazing!

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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-01-30

I have been searching for an author that can provide a suspenseful and thrilling murder mystery. Linwood Barclay exceeded this, the plot development kept me obsessed the entire read. I especially loved the way the author described the characters and and as the plot developed so did the characters.

Linwood Barclay has easily become my favorite author and I've only read one book by him. I cannot wait to read more about the universe the author created called Promise Falls.

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