Author: Derek Neville
Length: 80 Pages
Publication: December 2014
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
In 1992 a child name Isabelle disappears inside a high school and is never seen again. Over the next twenty odd years there are many more disappearances...and they may all be linked.
When Boyd, a "retired" homicide detective, takes a job doing security in a building being remodeled as a hotel, he thinks it will be easy. Then he starts hearing Morgan's voice, telling him that he shouldn't have left her and he's sucked into the evil that plagues the building. The same building that Isabelle walked into all those years ago...
This is a very captivating, edge of your seat, horror novella. I found myself sucked right into the story. I don't read straight horror often, although I do read a lot of suspense, but I'm glad I decided to review this novella.
Boyd is haunted by a past with a daughter he couldn't save. When he gets drawn into this twisted darkness that surrounds the old high school, he wants to run. He does a few internet searches and brings up all of the information that no one wants to see: disappearances, fires, deaths. By that point it's already too late to turn around. Soon he's hearing Morgan's voice, saying his name, telling him to stay. And once he's in this deep, there really isn't any way out.
One thing I really like about horror novels written in this style, (novels in general, but predominantly horror), is that the reader never really knows how much of what's going on is really happening and how much is in the characters head. I love that!
Another thing I really appreciate about authors in this genre is that they aren't afraid to end with a cliffhanger. Sure, this has an interesting ending, but it's not nicely tied up and packaged for you. A lot is left to the imagination. I really appreciate that. It makes the story stick in my head longer, imagining what might happen next.
Overall it's an enjoyable spooky read, but don't wait until next Halloween to pick it up. If you like horror stories, add this one to your list.
Enjoy your reading!