Author: Amy Spector
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/10/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Christopher Minnick is at a bad place in his life. Turning thirty and newly out of the hospital, the last thing he wants to do is attend a birthday dinner even if it is being thrown in his honor.
When he is introduced to a friend’s godson things just might be starting to look up. Or are they?
All the good ones are either married or straight. Or they’re necrophiliacs.
*** Includes special link for BONUS Hidden Chapter short story. ***
NOTE: story contains sex acts between male adults and reference to attempted suicide.
Love is the feel of cold fingers.
This is the opening line and it sets the tone for a quiet, creepy read that keeps you guessing.
Christopher Minnick is not a happy man. He’s depressed, single, just out of hospital and about to have his thirtieth birthday. At his birthday party he meets Vic, a friend’s godson, and Christopher has to admit he’s interested and so it seems is Vic.
Unfortunately, after a promising start some things are not quite adding up about Vic. Christopher begins to have some very dark, uncomfortable suspicions about his new man, and cannot stop himself from digging deeper. It’s hard to be specific about this story without giving away spoilers, suffice to say Ms. Spector weaves a deliciously gothic tale, with subtle hints and a hell of an ending. She also manages to infuse it with romance and attraction.
The supporting cast is good, and there are some definite ‘don’t go in the basement’ moments. This is what I call quiet horror, less dependent on shocks and gore, and more about creeping doubts and drawing the reader into shadows.
I loved the ending to this novella, and after a few moments of absorbing it I went back and read the Prologue again. Yes, definitely pay attention to the Prologue is all I will say.
If I have a complaint it is that I wanted this to be a longer work but that’s just me being greedy (yes, please pass some more of that Halloween candy). A great read for the ‘spooky season’.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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