Today’s review is about a horror thriller, Night Chill by Jeff Gunhus. Let’s first get to know the author!.
From the author of Jack Templar Monster Hunter comes a supernatural thriller for adult audiences. 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.
The book cover is creepy and instantly drew my attention to it. It features a girl with a stuffed teddy bear in her hand. Seeing this plus the creepy title, I assumed this would be a story about some kind of haunting involving a child ghost. Child ghosts creep me out the most since children are so innocent but showing them as dangerous is creepy in itself!. So, I decided to read this but was a bit disappointed because that scene shown on the cover is not even a part of the story.
From the summary, I knew Nate Huckley was the villain character. So, I was quite surprised to see him featured in the first chapter itself. But for that same reason, the book started out interestingly. You get to see how the maniac’s mind works. The encounter the Tremont family has with Nate Huckley at the rest area, is absolutely chilling, to say the least. It’s written very nicely. It’s creepy enough to give you goosebumps. I feel like Nate is fear personified.
Sarah seems to be special from beginning. She is little but shows psychic abilities. I thought it would be explained as to why she is so but it is not. Jack is an amazing father and is willing to do anything even kill to protect his family. Different chapters are written from different character’s POV and I really liked it. The author has written in such a way that every page is thrilling and you cannot simply put it down!. You have no idea what comes next. Some people in Prescott City, where this family is based in, are hiding something. You will never know which character is bad or which character can be trusted!.. There is a conspiracy going on and you got to read this book to know it!. I really like the character called Joe Lonetree who is mysterious and intriguing.
There are some really witty remarks here and there that were really funny!. In situations where the character should be serious, the author has maintained that level perfectly unlike some authors who tend to write jestingly even in serious situations, that can be plain annoying. I have got to say that there were some inconsistencies in the story, editing errors maybe.
If you are interested in stories that are/relating to supernatural, creepy, mind control, ancient civilizations, spelunking, then this book is for you!.
I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5, which by Goodreads standards mean that I ‘really liked it’.
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Source : I received a complimentary ebook copy of Saving Raine from the author, for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.