Read from June 11 to 15, 2014
Synopsis: An award-winning horror/mystery with loads of dark comedy!
Inside all of us, there is darkness. Inside Clive, it’s tangible, and it’s aching to get out.
What Hides Within tells the story of a man held captive by an unknown evil. Clive Menard is a spineless slacker leading an ordinary existence. But when Chester enters his life, it becomes far from ordinary.
A disheveled Clive stands alone in a hospital waiting room. A series of incidences have led him to undergo unnecessary neurosurgery. A voice inside Clive’s head nags him to kill the doctor.
Weeks prior, a murder investigation and an unrelated kayaking excursion set the story’s interlocking events in motion. When a remorseful killer, a bomb-happy psychopath and a mysterious widow spider converge upon Clive, they bring with them destruction and death. Clive must discover who or what is steering his very existence before he, too, is consumed by the carnage around him.
With a driven detective following his every step and a vicious killer hiding within his circle of friends, Clive must walk a narrow and dangerous path, teetering between salvation and damnation. He must confront Chester and his own demons. But is he powerless to overcome them?
An EPIC Finalist, “Best Horror of 2013” read and eFestival eBook Award Runner-Up for Best Horror.
Bookish things: 347 pages of dark comedy. The cover is theatric and eye-grabbing. Very suitable for the story.
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $5.60 or paperback for $17.09
What hides within?
Well, within the covers of this book, a rather dark story. I didn’t find it too horrific, the gore was kept to a minimum too. In fact, in parts it was quite amusing and some of the banter even had me smirking as I read.
Chester was an interesting character. Quite multi-faceted, with loads of room to morph into what the story needed, yet (and I can’t really believe I’m going to say this…) rather believable too.
I would have liked the envelope to be pushed a little more, it could have been darker and more sinister with ease, yet it didn’t go there.
The multiple storylines mixed well and were interwoven neatly. None of them seemed too obvious, were mostly plausible and quite intricately written to ensure reader enjoyment.
I don’t have a fear if spiders, but I didn’t feel that the story had a strong theme of them. I suppose that the story might creep out those with a phobia, but for me it was a neat little twist.
Ultimately, I enjoyed this one, despite not being entirely sure if I would. Try What Hides Within if you’d like a bit of dark humour and a bit of spider related horror mixed with a murder and crime mystery.
**Note: I won this book as part of the firstreads giveaways**
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