Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Torment of Rachel Ames ebook review

I received this item in exchange for an honest review.

I don't often read hardcopy books any more as I prefer ebooks, but today I have a novella to review for you. I was fortunate enough to receive an Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of this story and although it won't be released for a few more weeks I wanted to go ahead and review it. I have to add in that there's just something so cool about reading ARCs, and owning a physical copy of one is really awesome. Maybe it's because I am an inspiring author, I just find the whole process neat. 

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.

This is a very easy read and could definitely be completed in one sitting. I found it to be one of the most curious and interesting stories I've read in a long time. There were so many odd twists and turns throughout the story, I really couldn't predict what was happening until towards the end. At times I was reminded of Stephen King's writing (especially the early Dark Tower stories) and also the Twilight Zone. This was my first time reading this author's work, but now I would be interested in reading more of his writing.

The Torment of Rachel Ames will be released on November 10, 2015. It is available for preorder on for $1.99 or free with Kindle Unlimited.

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