Stygian by Santino Hassell ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

25843005Title: Stygian

Author: Santino Hassell

Narrator: Geoffrey Alan

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Damonza

Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 09/30/2016

Length: 05 hours 53 minutes

Genre: Gay, Horror, Paranormal


Jeremy has been isolated and adrift since the death of his brother. Most people just see him as the skinny emo kid who wears eyeliner and plays drums. No one gets him. Nobody tries. He thought the indie rock band Stygian would become his anchor, but—lost in their own problems—they’re far from the family he sought.

Still, hoping to get close to Kennedy, the band’s enigmatic guitarist, he follows Stygian to northern Louisiana for a summer retreat. They had planned to spend six weeks focusing on new music but things go awry as soon as they arrive at the long-deserted Caroway mansion. Tempers flare, sexual tension boils over into frustration, and Jeremy turns away from the band to find a friend in his eerily beautiful landlord Hunter Caroway.

Kennedy suspects there’s something off about the creepy mansion and its mysterious owners, but Jeremy thinks he’s finally found somewhere he fits. It isn’t until Kennedy forces the Caroway’s secrets into the light that Jeremy realizes belonging sometimes comes with a price.

Story Review:

Stygian is proof positive that even if you have enjoyed everything by an author that you have previously read there is always time for one to come along that you won’t enjoy as much. Santino’s Stygian is that book from me.

I will keep this review brief as I realise that I am in the minority here and for the most part that is entirely on me. From the publishers page I was expecting an erotic romance and one thing this novel isn’t is a romance. Stygian is dark, a well written horror with a group of characters that I never really connected with. It follows a band to an old haunted looking house – they are attempting to bond after a loss, and to make some fresh music but things don’t go as planned. I was never sure where the story was going to go and when we got there and I was still unsure of the why.

I think readers who like a good horror will enjoy this one but sadly it wasn’t really for me.

Narration Review:

Geoffrey Alan is a new narrator to me and my first thoughts after listening to the chapter one was that he was rather monotone BUT that turned out to work in his favour as the story was so black and bleak that his voice really worked well for it.


Stygian on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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