Chills

ChillsChills by Mary SanGiovanni
Published by Lyrical Underground on September 27th 2016
Pages: 320
ISBN: 1601837488
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three-stars

Every once in a while I want to read a horror book. What can I say? I like them from time to time, So I did a search on the internet “best horror books of 2016” and this book came up. Sorry, but I would not put this book on my “best of” list.

The book begins with a freak snowstorm in May. The town that is hit the worst is Colby, Connecticut. Powerlines are down, schools and businesses are closed, people are staying indoors to wait out the storm.

Detective Jack Glazier has found a body hanging upside down from a tree in the woods. An occult symbol is burned/frozen/carved into the back of the victim. He and his partner, Reece Teagan are trying to find out what is going on and need to consult with an expert in this area. Kathy Ryan is an expert on the occult. Her brother just happens to be a serial killer (who once tried to kill her) with ties to the cult/occult in question. I wish there would have been more background information here.

Set in a rural snowy setting, chills did not send shivers up my spine. Monster (snow monsters?) begin attacking and eating people. People who the detectives think they can trust turn out to be untrustworthy. My older sister and I used to stay up on Saturday nights and watch “creature features” at midnight. That is what this book reminded me of. A bad B horror film. So why 3 stars? The writing was good. The author is a very good writer – I just wished liked her story better.

three-stars