Reviewed by Valerie Dorsey
Another Jonathan Janz added to my shelves! I won this in a contest and was excited to dive in! And I wasn’t disappointed! As I got into the story I came to see this as more a haunted land, malevolent spirits story filled with demons, vampires, a cult and dual existence. “Something wrong with the land, the forest was a sentient thing.”
If you have read any of his other stories you know that no one is safe and I love that. He brings great character development to his works, you care about them, feel their wants, their confusion, and pain, their desires and hopes, but you also know they may not survive! Usually ending in a bloody, horrifying death! This one is no exception, it’s filled with nonstop horrific circumstances that continue to the very last page!
Janz is a great storyteller and if you are a horror fan than he is a must read!
Ellie Crane doesn’t believe in demons or vampires, but she still hates the idea of moving into a creepy old house. But when her husband’s aunt bequeaths them a sprawling forest estate, Ellie finds herself stuck in a setting straight out of a horror movie. Then the real horror begins. After a gruesome accident on the night of their arrival, Ellie awakens to find something lapping at her wounds. Her husband Chris undergoes a radical change–and not for the better. The darkness dissipates, however, when Ellie learns that after three years of trying, she and Chris have finally conceived. But Ellie and her unborn child are in terrible danger. For fifty years Chris’s Aunt Lillith lived a secret life of demon worship, vampirism, and violent eroticism. She and her lover believed they’d have to undergo death and resurrection to continue their reign of terror. Now Chris, who has been enchanted by a mysterious woman in the woods, is determined to help them. Ellie will have to overcome her husband’s madness, her personal demons, the supernatural creatures whose powers are growing–even the very forest, which has grown sentient and malevolent–if she is to save her baby and herself. But the reach of Lillith’s power is unimaginable. And she needs innocent blood to make her resurrection complete. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
Received a BS degree in Marketing from Indiana University 1982. Have worked in the retail business for the last 19yrs. Raised 4 children, 3 have graduated college. I love animals and reading. Reading has become as much a part of my life as eating! If it’s not done a couple times a day, I feel starved!
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