Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Torment of Rachel Ames by Jeff Gunhus and a Giveaway!

The Torment of Rachel Ames

The Torment of Rachel Ames by Jeff Gunhus
Print and e-book, 150 pages
Published November 10th 2015 by Seven Guns Press
Genre: Thriller, psychological thriller ​

Suffering from writer’s block, novelist Rachel Ames escapes to a lake cabin to calm her mind and regain a sense of herself. The location is perfect. Isolated. Beautiful. Inspiring. It even comes with a good-looking landlord who shows an interest in her. But she can’t shake the sense that something terrible has followed her to the lake, something just beyond her consciousness, something out on the edge where the sounds of a raging fire and sirens linger whenever she slows down to listen. 

Determined to make the cabin work, she tries to settle in and give her new life a chance. But when strange things begin to happen around her, she wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake. As the darkness that’s followed her manifests itself in inexplicable ways, her concept of reality is stretched thin and she realizes nothing at the lake is what it seems. As she fights to survive with her sanity intact, she understands too late that the location she’s chosen for herself is far from perfect. 

My thoughts about The Torment of Rachel Ames ~~

Wow! This book blew me away! As I was reading it, I kept thinking, this reminds me of Stephen King, kind of that creep, suspenseful, not making much sense type of story. One where I just had to keep reading because I knew, or hoped, that I would get to the part where it did make sense -- I just had to keep going.

And then, lo and behold, the author throws in some references to one my favorite SK novels, The Shining. Loved it! There were other parts of the book that had the feel of SK as well. I had sort of forgotten how much I loved a good psychological thriller but this book brought it all back to me.

This story had me going up to the very end and then when I was done, I just sat there with my ereader in my hands, absorbing what I had just experienced. The next thing I did was check out the author's website to determine which book I would read next. Well done, Jeff! You have a new fan.  

About the author 

Jeff Gunhus is the author thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. 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. His books for adults have reached the Top 100 on Amazon and have been Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their 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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  1. I felt the same way about this book! I loved it.
    Here's my review -


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