Book Review: Flypaper by C.K. Vile

Flypaper by C.K.Vile

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Flypaper by author C.K. Vile is listed as a dark psychological thriller. I would personally suggest that the author also categorize this as a horror suspense. And I say that with utmost respect. I grew up reading and loving the masterful works of the greats like Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Yes, I know, those are some big shoes to fill, but author C.K. Vile stepped right up and laced those bad boys up! His masterful ability to grab you and pull you into his twisted world of psychosis and mayhem is what horror junkies like me live for.

I almost didn’t click the link when I saw it on the list of new thrillers available for free. To be honest, I thought “Flypaper? Ewww. What could this possibly even be about?” and then I read the book description and was intrigued. To think that I almost lost out on this gem of a book and the beautifully twisted mind of C. K. Vile is actually appalling. Let me just say now that if you are a fan of horror/psychological thrillers and are on the fence about picking up this book…don’t be! You need this book in your library.

C.K. Vile tells the tale of famed horror writer Nick Dawkins who’s childhood was his very own horror story. Obsessively pursued and harassed by his devoted legion of delightfully demented fans Nick chooses to leave the technologically overloaded mainstream society and move to a small town in the middle of nowhere. But in this age of social media and tech savvy is it really possible for anyone to truly escape from society? Especially one with compulsively psychotic stalkers…I mean fans? Vile’s ability to weave humor and suspense into scenes of havoc is a rare gift to the reader.

The main character Nick Dawkins is the guy who has everything and nothing. Plagued by his own demons and the word around him this story brings you along for the emotional roller coaster of a ride that is Dawkin’s unbalanced existence.

One of my favorite aspects of this book is Vile’s ability to grab you by the hand from page one and pull you down the virtual rabbit hole of character Nick Dawkin’s tumultuous life. I fell in love with his writing style and became an instant fan. I have no doubt that C. K Vile will become a household name in the mouth’s of horror lovers worldwide. I can already see the movies in my head! A good book will do that to you.

Flypaper, the first installment in the series, is a quick but entertaining read. Not for children or the faint of heart. If you are looking to add another author to your list of beloved horror/psychological thriller writers, I would highly recommend purchasing this book.

Book Review: And Then, I Died by May Sage

 

And Then, I Died by May Sage

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And Then I Died is a well paced novel that includes all of the things people want when reading a book. Fully fleshed out characters, a thoughtful storyline, action, suspense, humor, and love… with a delightful smattering of sexual tension and steamy love scenes thrown into the mix that leave you wanting more.

May Sage did a wonderful job of weaving a lovely tale filled with drama, intrigue, and suspense. The main characters are relatable and funny, smart and sarcastic. You want to dislike them but you end up loving them both. The side characters, while not the main focus, were still wonderfully developed. You can get a sense of who they are and what parts they play in Elizabeth and Liam’s lives.

I look forward to the second book in this series with anticipation. I will definitely be following this author.

Book Review: The Summer Remains by Seth King

The Summer Remains  by Seth King

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Book hangover. It’s a real thing. Believe me. It’s when the book you’ve just read is so amazing, so heartbreaking, and so beautiful that you are emotionally devastated…It’s when the book you’ve just finished has rendered you emotionally devastated and utterly broken. The Summer Remains by Seth King is that book. As an avid reader I can devour a few books in a week without blinking. Heck, I can devour a few books a day some days. With that said, let me tell you why I feel the way I do about this book.

At first, I honestly wasn’t sure this book was my cup of tea, but I could feel the bones of a good storyteller in there so I continued to read…and I am eternally grateful that I did. This book tells the beautiful story of 24 year old Summer Johnson who was born with a grave medical condition. Scarred emotionally and physically, Summer has lived her life as fully as can be expected but she feels that she has missed out on a lot of what life has to offer due to her limiting medical condition. The story goes on to explain that she was nearing the end of her journey on this earth.

When approached about her last wish, she said the thing she wanted most was “to fall in love”. You can feel the tension as everyone around her is thinking the same thing. That she was dying and her time here was almost over. But then she met Cooper Nichols. Beautiful, suntanned, surfer Cooper Nichols. He was everything Summer wasn’t. But behind the beauty he hid the turmoil in both his life and his soul. As the unlikely pair form a friendship and then more, you fall in love with them both. They are complicated and troubled. Hilarious and sincere.

I literally laughed out loud and cried into my pillow…multiple times. This book ruined me in the best way possible. After reading The Summer Remains I was emotionally devastated. There are no other words to describe it. When I reached the end of the book I grabbed my pillow and cried my eyes out…not a little bit. A lot. Gut wrenching sobs, snot running down my face into my pillow sobs. It was the middle of the night and I had to try to stifle my sobs so as not to wake my family.

If you are looking for a book that’s going to draw you in, make you fall in love with the characters, and allow you the gift of smiling through your tears, you’ll want to check this book out. I know I will read this again and again. But not yet. As soon as I finished the book I wanted to get my hands on everything this beautiful soul has ever written. But after I’d purchased my next favorite book, I took a moment to reflect and realized that I wasn’t ready to let go of Summer and Cooper’s story yet. It had made a place in my heart and I was not ready to replace them quite yet. Yes, it was that beautiful.

With that said, Seth King has absolutely moved to the top of my favorite author list. He spills his soul out onto the page for us to read, and for that, we should all thank him. I know I do. I will forever be changed by the beauty of his words. The stories in his head. And the gift that his gift of writing has given us and will hopefully continue to give us for years to come.