Author : Jeff Gunhus
Genre : Thriller/Mystery/Suspense
Source : Xpresso Book Tours
Suffering from writer’s block, novelist Rachel Ames escapes to a lake cabin to calm her mind and regain a sense of herself. The location is perfect. Isolated. Beautiful. Inspiring. It even comes with a good-looking landlord who shows an interest in her. But she can’t shake the sense that something terrible has followed her to the lake, something just beyond her consciousness, something out on the edge where the sounds of a raging fire and sirens linger whenever she slows down to listen. Determined to make the cabin work, she tries to settle in and give her new life a chance. But when strange things begin to happen around her, she wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake. As the darkness that’s followed her manifests itself in inexplicable ways, her concept of reality is stretched thin and she realizes nothing at the lake is what it seems. As she fights to survive with her sanity intact, she understands too late that the location she’s chosen for herself is far from perfect.
My Musings :
I received a free copy for an honest and unbiased review.
The book is so appropriately named. The whole story is about the torment Rachel undergoes in the form of her visions and memories. The beginning was quite attention grabbing with the perfect wrongness of the situation. It had me eagerly turning the pages to know more and try to figure out all the details of Rachel and her life.
I read the book in a single sitting. That's how immersing and haunting the book was. The author has perfectly showcased the inner workings or demons of a human mind and how much it is capable of trying to manipulate the thoughts of a human. In short, it shows how complex a human mind is.
This novella is perfectly paced and all the questions raised are answered at the end of the book.
My one line review : A perfectly paced dark thriller/suspense
My rating : 5/5
My reread factor : 4/5