Title: Night Chill
Author: Jeff Gunhus
Publication date: May 31st 2013
Genres: Adult, Supernatural, Thriller
Jack Tremont moves his family to the quiet mountains of Western Maryland hoping to leave behind a troubled past and restart his life. Instead, he finds himself caught up in a nightmare when his daughter Sarah is targeted by Nate Huckley, a mysterious and horrifying stranger driven by a dark power that will stop at nothing to possess Sarah. When Sarah goes missing, suspicion falls on Jack and he must uncover the secrets of the small mountain town of Prescott City and face the evil secret hidden there. As he digs further, he learns the conspiracy reaches more deeply than he could have imagined. Finally, he will have to face the question, What is a father willing to do to save his child? The answer? Anything. Anything at all.
REVIEW (5 stars)
I can't breathe. "Night Chill" was just a hell of an adventure. It was a scary intense book about some horrible creatures, but most of all - ethics.
Jack just wanted to take a time off and spend some quality time with his family. So they moved to a relatively calm little Prescott City. He and his family has been satisfied with their decision so far. When things are starting to slip out of their hands, Jack with his wife Lauren would have to stand against to horrific monsters and do anything to save their daughter's life.
I felt really strong emotions while reading this book: sadness, anger, fear. Definitely fear, lots of it. I didn't know what would come next, dangers lurked around the corners. Chills, cold chills everywhere. As I felt for Lauren I was constantly on the verge of tears, probably I was just overtired. It happens, you know. Especially when you stay up late because the book is just too damn interesting to go to sleep. No, I just couldn't sleep. No.
Writing was absolutely beautiful as well.
So I'd say it would be the best horror novel I have read for I while. Just in time when I thought there was no hope to stumble upon a good one anymore.
In addition to writing supernatural thrillers for adults, Jeff Gunhus is also the author of the Middle Grade/YA series The Templar Chronicles. (www.jacktemplar.com) 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 and recognized as a 2012 Forward Reviews Book of the Year Finalist. Jeff has been a Stephen King and Dean Koontz fan since he was a kid reading their novels under the covers at night. Seeing Night Chill next to King and Koontz on the Amazon Bestseller lists has been a surreal experience. He leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole and five incredible 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.