{Book Review} Cricket Hunters by Jeremy Hepler

  • Pages: 271
  • Publisher: Silver Shamrock Publishing
  • Published: September 1, 2019

I’ve read several of Jeremy Hepler’s stories. I read his Bram Stoker Award-nominated The Boulevard Monster, which delivered on numerous fronts. Hepler had already set the bar extremely high for his sophomore effort. I can safely say Cricket Hunters goes above and beyond almost everything I’ve read in 2019. He writes like a weathered veteran, but he’s still relatively new to the horror genre. But what a way to follow up a Bram Stoker Award nomination. I’m still reeling from the third act, folks.

Cricket Hunters is a riveting coming-of-age story, I’m completely enamored. The story goes back and forth between 1998 and 2013. I don’t know what it is about plots with two different timelines, but I love them. To me, it makes for a more complex and compelling read. And the dual timelines keep the tension tight throughout the book. Jeremy Hepler doesn’t overcomplicate things with too many characters or confusing transitions. The story flows really well.

I’d consider Cricket Hunters a thriller, rather than a horror story. Even though it has horror elements, the delivery is more along the lines of a thriller. With each passing chapter more is revealed until past and present collide, making for an excellent conclusion. The characters are raw and real. There’s more to the story than meets the eye. The Spanish sprinkled throughout gets you more involved with the story. I enjoyed looking up the different phrases, learning about the Texas/Mexican culture. Also, spells, spirits, theft and murder are only a few of the things you will find within these pages.

The conclusion is every bit satisfying as the climax. Jaws will drop as truths are finally revealed. I’m a little broken hearted. I’m a little upset. But mostly angry about the whole messy situation with the characters. Jeremy Hepler leaves no character unscathed. They are all effected in some way. Some are even changed forever. And the ending felt real, it’s not so cut and dry.


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