Originally posted to Goodreads May 9, 2014
Blurb: An award-winning horror/mystery loaded with dark comedy!
Inside all of us, there is darkness. Inside Clive, it’s tangible, and it’s aching to get out.
What Hides Within tells the story of a man held captive by an unknown evil. Clive Menard is a spineless slacker leading an ordinary existence. But when Chester enters his life, it becomes far from ordinary.
A disheveled Clive stands alone in a hospital waiting room. A series of incidences have led him to undergo unnecessary neurosurgery. A voice inside Clive’s head nags him to kill the doctor.
Weeks prior, a murder investigation and an unrelated kayaking excursion set the story’s interlocking events in motion. When a remorseful killer, a bomb-happy psychopath and a mysterious widow spider converge upon Clive, they bring with them destruction and death. Clive must discover who or what is steering his very existence before he, too, is consumed by the carnage around him.
With a driven detective following his every step and a vicious killer hiding within his circle of friends, Clive must walk a narrow and dangerous path, teetering between salvation and damnation. He must confront Chester and his own demons. But is he powerless to overcome them?
What Hides Within was an EPIC Finalist, was Runner-up for “Best Horror” in eFestival’s Independent eBook Awards and has been named to Best of 2012 by A Thousand Lives book blog.
RATED 5/5 Stars
Genre: Horror, Dark Comedy
Upon first reading this book I thought this was a funny, dark, mindless thriller.
I was wrong. It is smart. Very smart, and amazingly crafted. Several story lines weaved into one story, with characters that’ll make you laugh and just plain ol’ hate. Even the hateful characters will make you laugh.
There’s a lot to say, but I can’t really think of what to say.
It’s a horror book. That’s a given. The horror aspect gives a feeling of paranoia, it really digs into your bones when shit gets going.The whole “I feel shit on me, where is it, where is it”. God I hate that feeling.
There’s a mystery involved as well. This part really helps the story to keep you guessing as to what’s going on and why? It adds the needed depth to help push the story, to give it a plot instead of just making us paranoid about something living in our head.
I actually thought I had it figured out at the beginning after the surgery. Then when that went to hell, I thought I had it figured out again, then THAT went to hell, and well you get what I mean. Maybe a little predictable, but it still keeps you guessing.
Very awesome story.