Jack Tremont moves his family to the quiet mountains of Western Maryland hoping to leave behind a troubled past and restart his life. Instead, he finds himself caught up in a nightmare when his daughter Sarah is targeted by Nate Huckley, a mysterious and horrifying stranger driven by a dark power that will stop at nothing to possess Sarah. When Sarah goes missing, suspicion falls on Jack and he must uncover the secrets of the small mountain town of Prescott City and face the evil secret hidden there. As he digs further, he learns the conspiracy reaches more deeply than he could have imagined. Finally, he will have to face the question, What is a father willing to do to save his child? The answer? Anything. Anything at all.
In addition to writing supernatural thrillers for adults, Jeff Gunhus is also the author of the Middle Grade/YA series The Templar Chronicles. (www.jacktemplar.com) The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born and recognized as a 2012 Forward Reviews Book of the Year Finalist. Jeff has been a Stephen King and Dean Koontz fan since he was a kid reading their novels under the covers at night. Seeing Night Chill next to King and Koontz on the Amazon Bestseller lists has been a surreal experience. He leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole and five incredible kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.
I’ve read so many romance novels recently that I’ve forgotten what reading a good horror novel can be like! Night Chill is, well chilling! It’s very suspenseful and puts forward an incredibly scary scenario. Very well written and really draws you in from the very first chapter.
The characters were interesting and well fleshed out. The plot was consistent and gripping. Both the antagonist and protagonist were carefully constructed and served the main themes of the book well.
From a writer’s perspective, there were a few info dumps in the beginning, however they were entwined nicely with a number of hints about secrets and mysterious to come, so I instantly forgave their presence. It was written third person and jumped from character to character which really added to the overall suspense. I must admit that it’s not my preferred POV, but really served to build tension and keep me hooked.
The front cover is also very creepy and relevant to the story – which, although sounds a no-brainer, some covers can be almost completely unrelated to the story within. Obviously the cover designer either read the book, or had a good conversation with the Jeff.
Overall, I’d give Night Chills 5 out of 5 stars – Reminded me why I started a love affair with horror literature in the first place!