{Book Review} CHILLS by Mary SanGiovanni

“True Detective” meets H.P. Lovecraft in this chilling novel of murder, mystery, and slow-mounting dread from acclaimed author Mary SanGiovanni….

Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Published: September 27th 2016
Pages: 320

Mary SanGiovanni delivers the thrills and chills in this cosmic horror novel. It clocks in at 320 pages, but it feels more like 120. I can’t think of a bad thing to say about this book. Mary does a great job introducing the character of Kathy Ryan, an occult crime specialist. She has to find out what’s behind the freak snowstorm that hit the small town of Colby, Connecticut in May. Bodies are piling up. A ritualistic sacrifice was made. Needless to say, detective Jack Glazier is in over his head and needs some help. He gets that and then some with Kathy Ryan. 

Kathy and Jack race against the clock to stop the cult behind the ritualistic sacrifice and the mysterious snowstorm. As the story builds, we get the background of the two main characters. The characters have so many layers. You get to learn so much about them over a short span. It really does make for some quick reading. The story never slows down. 

The town’s isolation from the outside world really adds to the atmosphere. The dread is everything. You know something is going to happen to the main characters. Mary doesn’t pull any punches. She throws everything and the kitchen sink at her characters. The pacing is so good, too. It speeds up when it needs to, and slows down at the right times. 

Mary SanGiovanni’s prose are unmatched. She can write with the best of anyone. She’s a true wordsmith. I like the way she used the hero’s journey in this story. I rarely see it in horror stories nowadays. The ending is top-notch, too. 

CHILLS is a great winter read. Hell…it’s a great read for all seasons. If you haven’t read it, then I recommend it. Put CHILLS on your radar and in your TBR pile. You won’t be disappointed. It really is a great start to the Kathy Ryan series. I give this one all the stars. 



“True Detective” meets H.P. Lovecraft in this chilling novel of murder, mystery, and slow-mounting dread from acclaimed author Mary SanGiovanni….

It begins with a freak snowstorm in May. Hit hardest is the rural town of Colby, Connecticut. Schools and businesses are closed, powerlines are down, and police detective Jack Glazier has found a body in the snow. It appears to be the victim of a bizarre ritual murder. It won’t be the last. As the snow piles up, so do the sacrifices. Cut off from the rest of the world, Glazier teams up with occult crime specialist, Kathy Ryan, to uncover a secret society hiding in their midst.

The gods they worship are unthinkable. The powers they summon are unstoppable. And the things they will do to the good people of Colby are utterly, horribly unspeakable…


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