Everybody has been raving about this book. I haven’t read one negative thing and that’s rare in blogland. We like to complain and pick things apart. Or at least I know I do. I probably shouldn’t speak for everyone else. But I think that’s what makes us (or me) so fantastic, haha. Now that I’ve finally read it, (sorry Netgalley, I am late again but you really should know this about me by now) I totally understand why this book is being treated like horror gold. Author Grady Hendrix knows the horror scene and he’s created a modern day classic that gives the old “sold our soul to the devil” trope a fresh new spin. It’s firmly earned its place in a future Paperbacks From Hell volume.
This story is a lovingly written present to all heavy metal loving horror fans. If you grew up in the 80’s or 90’s listening to that stuff you need to buy yourself the beautiful physical copy of this book with the black binding. I’m going to do so as soon as I can. It’s seriously that good.
Kris is having a “what the hell happened to my life” moment. She’s 47 and works the front desk at a Best Western when a customer decides to piss all over the front desk. She was once a guitarist in an almost famous metal band when it all when to shit and she was forced into abandoning her dreams. When she sees a billboard with her nemesis’s face on it that declares he’s going back on tour, she decides to track down her old bandmates in order to stop the man who ruined them all.
Nothing goes as planned. And that’s what I enjoyed so much about this book. It takes turns and twists and I predicted none of them. Not a single one. It is filled with dark and disturbing surprises. I loved that the lead guitarist and main character is a strong, kick-butt kind of woman. I adored this character.
“Kris wasn’t a hugger. She had a body like a bag of knives.”
She’s also very sympathetic and determined.
“Kris wanted to press her fist to the planet and leave a mark.”
And she thinks some very funny thoughts:
“Men never know when to shut up.”
Sorry, guys, but sometimes it’s true (though the same can be said about me, I suppose!).
Music plays an enormous part in the story. It’s not a little set piece or an afterthought. This book would not exist without the music and the end is simply magical. I don’t know what else to say without giving too much away. I’m no good at writing 5 star reviews. I guess I’ll leave you with a drop everything and READ THIS BOOK RIGHT THIS MINUTE! If you hate it, you can always send your copy to me.
This one is going into the New Release Category. I need to update my card with this one but I'm out of time right now.
Classic Horror 9.1
Cozy Mystery 9.5
New Release 9.7
Southern Gothic 9.9
Terrifying Women 9.11
A Grimm Tale 9.13
Modern Masters of Horror 9.15
Creepy Carnivals 9.17
Relics & Curiosities 9.20
Murder Most Foul 9.23
Amature Sleuth 9.25
I've Read These (none called):
Murder Most Foul: BIG LITTLE LIES
Slasher Stories: THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY
Doomsday: PATIENT ZERO
Supernatural: IN THE MOUTH OF THE DARK
Spellbound: BABY TEETH
New Release: WE SOLD OUR SOULS
Read & Called!
Terrifying Women: THE GRIP OF IT