Monday, August 15, 2016

Chills by Mary SanGiovanni

When I first began this book, I thought it would be a more of a police procedural so I was pleasantly surprised to find a subtle H.P. Lovecraft touch.
It begins in an average way with police called out to a body found hanging upside down and it isn't until they take a closer look that the scene is found to be more macabre than the police had imagined. There are hints that this is might be an occult murder rather than a regular killing. Adding to the sense of unease is a freak snowstorm very late in the season (May).
The strength of the book is the suspenseful and descriptive writing that sets the stage for a sense of uneasiness that just crawls under your skin and doesn't let go. I really liked the strong character of Kathy Ryan who is brought in as an occult specialist.
All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book (especially at night during a thunderstorm) and highly recommend it to anyone who are fans of the horror of the unknown.
I received a copy from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Three out of Five Stars

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