Title: Night Chill
Author: Jeff Gunhus
Publisher: Seven Guns Press
Genre: Adult Fiction | Horror | Paranormal
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.
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I was initially drawn to this book by two reasons:
1) I liked the fact that the book takes place in my home state of Maryland.
2) I also seen that it was being compared to my favorite author, Stephen King.
It was a no brainier for me to sign up for this tour, and I’m glad I did because this ended up being one of my favorite horror reads of the year.
Jeff Gunhus created a chilling and intricate story in Night Chill. I was amazed at how well thought out and detailed the plot was. There is just so much going on here, something is bound to drag you in and not let you go until after you’ve read the last chapter. I was pulled in by the scene when Jack was driving his two kids home but was forced to stop and pull into a parking lot due to a heavy downpour. You know something bad is going to happen, you just know it. My heart was thumping hard while reading it and I know that scene and plenty others in this book will stick with me for a long while.
Night Chill is written in multiple POV’s. I really love books where we get to read from both sides of the story, the hero and the villain. When you read the villain’s chapters you will be creeped out and disturbed. This is also the kind of book where you’re not quite sure whose good or bad, who to trust and who not to.
I also really liked Jeff’s writing style. He has a way of describing the scene and setting the mood which is very much reminiscent of Stephen King. Though the story has many depths too it, it was an easy read and was not too confusing. I can’t tell you how many books I read with as many aspects as this book yet I found myself stumbling through it; there was none of that with this book.
Overall I would recommend this to all the horror junkies out there. This book is equal parts thriller and paranormal with a dose of gore and plenty of memorable scenes. If you like horror you’ll love this!
I give this book 4/5 stars!
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