Thursday, March 26, 2009

Afraid- Jack Kilborn

Afraid Afraid by Jack Kilborn

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'll preface this review by saying that I don't read horror. I also don't read thrillers, but I loved the Jack Daniels books, by JA Konrath. And since JA and Jack Kilborn are the same person, I was excited to read his latest novel. Afraid is all out horror, and is designed to play on any fear you might have.

In the town of Safe Haven, something terrible has landed. A team of Red Ops has "accidentally" landed in this small town with one mission, kill everyone. An aging sheriff, lone firefighter and single mother are fighting for their lives. I don't want to say too much more, as it is a twisting and exciting plot. You really just have to read it.

I really liked this book. I'd heard that some thought it was too gory, and over the top, but honestly, Kilborn leaves a lot to the imagination, which just makes it that much scarier. I finished this book in one day, and while freaked out, didn't immediately think it was that scary. I was able to remove myself from the scenes in the novel. Or so I thought. It wasn't until a couple of days ago that I realized the reason I'd been having a hard time sleeping was because of scenes from the book. It definitely lingers... and scares far beyond the pages. Read it with the lights on.

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Froog said...

Really - this guy has a character called Jack Daniels??

I know it's a perfectly legitimate name, but even so, I think writers should try to avoid such irrelevant outside connotations if they can. Irreverent readers such as myself will be constantly expecting the introduction of a sidekick called Jim Beam.

The worst example of a character name I've ever come across is Dag Nabbit. No kidding. That really exists.

Dana said...

Yep- short for Jaqueline Daniels, so less irritating for me at least. All the books are named after drinks, which at first seemed a little cheesy, but the content of the books makes up for the names. :) And her sidekick's name is Herb.