The White Road – Sarah Lotz

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I absolute loved this one! It is creepy as hell and very atmospheric. I was hooked from page one. I would never ever climb into a closed cave and I would definitely never try to climb Mount Everest. But I love to read about it and it always baffles me what people are willing to suffer to do so.

I also liked the Simon who is a kind of shady character. But I liked that. I did not know about the Third Man Factor and I googled a lot about it. Very creepy.  The book dragged a bit after Simon returned from the mountain while we see his mental downfall. The end gave me goosebumps.

I enjoyed this book very much. I loved Sarah Lotz’ “The Three”. It was one of my reading highlights. “Day Four” was a bit disappointing but maybe just because “The Three” was so brilliant. There is always a supernatural effect in her books but I liked that this time she approached it in a different way and made it not so clear.

I can’t wait for her next book!

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The Crying Boy – Jane E. James

34738926  1 Star

Almost all of the books I got from NetGalley are due not until next year. So I thought this would be a good time to read some books I bought myself. But apparently I am better at choosing books from NetGalley than find some of my own on amazon. This book is the third or even fourth in a row of books I bought which I really disliked.

 

The blurb sounds promising and I heard about the cursed paintings many years ago. And I am always looking for a good horror book (which is hard to find). I saw all the good reviews and I happily started reading. But this book took ages to get started. I almost gave up. But somebody wrote that the story gets better after 25% into it. I can confirm that. But it doesn’t get much better. I was so annoyed by the characters. Clifton is dumb and Avril is just horrible. She is so changeable in her feelings for her husband. One minute she despises him almost, the next minute it is quite the opposite. Each conversation between them changed everything. And I really could not understand Clifton’s urge to move on and his mixes feelings for his dead child. This whole situation was just chaotic. Maybe I would have be Ok with that if at least the story would have been good. It’s not the thing with the picture. It is more how it was developed. The story was very weird, but not in a good way. Everybody is a mess and changes their opinion all the time. The story is not gripping or even frightening. Just chaotic and nothing makes sense. And it is a loooong book. I don’t know why I did not stop reading. The end annoyed me even more when stupid and stubborn Avril makes the dumbest decision ever to go back to that house*eyeroll*.

 

This was just a waste of time.

The Devil Crept In – Ania Ahlborn

29430798   1 Star

I struggled with this book almost immediately. I thought about stop reading for the first 20% . Now I wish I had stopped. But somehow I kept reading. Then Rosie appeared and at first I was interested in her story. But that did not last long.

 

I will not go into too many details although I would probably enjoy savaging this book. I just disliked everything about it. The story is absolutely nonsense. The ending is a joke. The writing is horrible. I was absolutely unnerved by Stevie and Jude. Every character acts just randomly. The author’s babblings about running through the woods was just exhausting. I skipped a lot of pages right from the start. She explains and explains and there were just too many words.

 

This was a chaotic book with are weird story, strange characters and it was poorly written. What a waste of precious reading time. I had two other books from Ahlborn on my wishlist, but I already removed them.

Disappearance at Devil’s Rock – Paul Tremblay

27064358  2 Stars

Almost two years ago I read „A Head Full Of Ghosts“. The Story really disturbed me. It was a haunting read and the story stays with me until today. It is one of the rare books I still remember the whole story. I read so many books, I mostly forget details about the story, the ending or twists very soon. But not with AHFOG.  I liked it even better as time went by.

 

So my expectations for “Disappearing at Devil’s Rock” were very high. But unfortunately I could never really connect to the story. I was almost bored to death until 70% into it. There was no tension, no scary moments. The thing with the diary did not work for me at all. The last 30% were a little better. But here I also did not like how it was told. The alternate POVs from the boys were really confusing.

 

I am disappointed with myself that I did not like the book. Although there are a few things I will remember. There is something about the author and his ideas I like. But this time I did not like the story itself and how it was told. There is also a lot of lying going on. Everybody is lying all the time. Especially Kate, Tommy’s sister, has a serious problem with speaking the truth. She was just an awful kid.

 

Hopefully I will like Mr. Tremblay’s next book better.

Ararat – Christopher Golden

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a classic horror story. A few years ago I absolutely loved this kind of stories.

An earthquake at Mount Ararat in Turkey.An avalanche reveals a cave. In this cave there is an arch and some bodies. One of the bodies is horned. A team of documentary filmmakers and archeologists comes together to examine the arch. But there is something evil still alive.

This book was a kind of throwback to me. I really enjoyed this kind of books for quite a while. And I enjoyed this one, too. It is an entertaining read and fast paced. I liked the setting, the isolated cave on the mountain, a blizzard outside and some strange and spooky things are happening. For my taste there was a bit too much talking about religion. Almost every character claims to have no issues with religion but somehow deep down they want to believe. I did not like that. It was just too much. The problem with these kinds of stories is always the end and “Ararat” is unfortunately no exception. I would have wished for a less fantastic solution. I was a bit disappointed.

I am a bit torn between 3 or 4 stars. The book was entertaining and an easy read. On the other hand the religious aspect was obtrusive, even for a book about Noah’s Arch. I stay with 4 stars because it was creepy and I enjoyed it.

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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Stranded – Bracken MacLeod

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After a horrible storm the „Artic Promise“ finds herself icebound and surrounded by thick fog. All instruments stopped working. So the crew does not know where there are and they can’t call for help because the telephone and radio communication also died. At the same time one after the other fell ill. All except Noah. He is kind of an outcast. Nobody really likes him and the captain, who is also his ex-father in law, hates him fiercely.

In the first half the book is quite slow-paced. The author took his time to develop the characters. He also does a fine job to make up this whole setting, the desolate surrounding, the cold, the helplessness. The atmosphere is very dark, very mysterious. The illness makes the men weak, they got terrible headaches and they start to see things, like shadows rushing past them. Nothing really makes sense to them. It gets quite claustrophobic.

This book is a horror-fantasy-mystery-thriller. After the slow first half the rest turned almost into an action thriller. There are some frightening and mind-blowing things. But unfortunately not all questions got an answer. Why this all happened, how it could happened what that all was about stays in the dark. The end comes quick and as I said, without fulfilling answers. But I liked reading this book. I love books with cold weather settings like the Artic or Antarctica or mountain climbing. I would never set food into such areas but I love reading about it. I also liked the writing. It just lacked a little bit of pace at the beginning and I would have loved maybe just a tiny bit of explanation. So it is “only“ a solid 4 stars book for me.

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