Book Chat: Nightmare in the North
by Kelli A. Wilkins
Being stranded in a storm was bad enough, but then bad luck turned into a nightmare for Mark.
MYRA’S HORROR BLOG REVIEWS : I wanted to write reviews as if I were sharing the love of a book with a friend. What I liked about it, from storyline to characters; to include any parts that had a negative impact on me as a reader. Join me on the couch as we explore today’s exciting read.
Stranded during a violent blizzard, Mark hikes to the only house nearby. George, a well-mannered University professor, welcomes Mark and gives him shelter from the storm.
By morning, Mark suspects that everything isn’t what it seems. George’s adult daughter, Kate, who also lives in the house, shares a disturbing and unsettling tale. When questioned, George insists that Kate has a psychological issue and can’t be trusted to tell the truth.
Mark quickly finds himself caught in a game of cat and mouse. Who should he believe? Is Kate’s desperate plea for help sincere? Should he be suspicious of George? Or are both of them plotting something together?
Isolated from everyone, Mark is forced to wait out the storm—and find a way to escape—if he hopes to make it out alive.
This is a novella, but still packs a punch! Horror and mystery set in a snowy setting; mother-nature won’t give Mark a chance to leave the safety he finds anytime soon.
When Mark’s car runs off the road due to a flat, he discovers the cause is a spiked chain cast across the road. The snow is piling up and a town is not close. Mark feels lucky he spotted a house nearby when he was driving, and very grateful when strangers welcome him into the cozy home. Mark quickly becomes confused when George shares that his daughter, Kate, has mental issues. And don’t believe any wild stories she may tell him.
Meanwhile, Kate whispers that she is not George’s daughter and he is holding her hostage. Mark doesn’t know who is lying or who is crazy. This reader wasn’t sure either, although I suspected George more of any dubious intentions.
I can’t say anymore without giving away too much, but the ending was creepy. Though I was suspicious the story had certain elements to it that were later confirmed, I was still a bit surprised by the end. A worthy horror read to while away a little time.
NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag. This review will be in the December issue.