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Lake of Darkness: A Novel by Scott Kenemore – My Review

Title: Lake of Darkness: A Novel

Author: Scott Kenemore

Release Date: May 5th 2020

Genre: African American, Horror, Fiction

An Alternate History in which Power, Crime, and the Supernatural Intersect on the South Side of Chicago 

During the First World War, on the South Side of Chicago, officer Joe “Flip” Flippity has begun an investigation into a serial decapitationist who is hunting young children. At a time when African American officers are rendered second-class by prejudicial policies, Flip is nonetheless called upon by the mayor of the city—the legendary Big Bill Thompson himself—and a host of powerful city fathers, to thwart this murderer who threatens to destroy the city’s reputation as a safe haven for those making the Great Migration north.

While searching to catch his killer—and to discover why the most powerful men in Chicago are truly concerned about the murders of poor black refugees—Flip’s bloody trail takes him through the South Side’s vice districts (where anything is available for a price), across its most dangerous criminal underbellies, and into a bracing and unexpected world of supernatural horror.

As Flip digs deeper in his quest to protect the city’s most vulnerable, he stumbles upon more mysterious murders, confounding psychological puzzles, and terrifying hints of something “other” that may reach across from unknowable distances to guide the hand of a killer. It soon becomes apparent that all is not as it seems, and that mysterious and powerful forces are conspiring to stand in Flip’s way.

A combination of detective thriller, cosmic horror, and historical fiction, Lake of Darkness takes us to the deepest and darkest places in Chicago’s very dark history.

The cover of this book caught my eye. I had to know more about it. Horror? Thriller? YES PLEASE!! 

This book was fantastic!! It kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The story is set in Chicago. Way way back in time but also in an alternate timeline. I did feel transported to a different time while reading. I LOVE when that happens! Ah to get lost in the pages of a book is truly satisfying. Joe “Flip” Flippity is tasked with solving some disturbing crimes being committed. He has a long road ahead of him but he meets people along the way and together they set out to find clues. 

Both the story and characters are well written. I love the no nonsense way about Joe but as you read more, you realize there’s much more going on behind the mask he wears. That goes for most of the characters in the book. I also loved the mystery to some of them. It made me want to read more. There are many twists and turns and I dig that I didn’t see any of them coming. 

This book did not disappoint! I highly recommend if you’re a fan of a good horror/thriller. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and will be looking for more of his work. I give this 5 stars. 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*

The Essence of Darkness by Thomas Clearlake – My Review

Title: The Essence of Darkness

Author: Thomas Clearlake

Release Date: April 18th 2020

Genre: Horror, Suspense

Five unexplained child disappearances have plagued the small town of St. Marys in the space of four months. All the elements indicate that these are abductions. FBI Special Agent Eliott Cooper is sent to investigate.
Little by little, he uncovers facts that he can’t rationally explain. Soon, he finds that a dark and very ancient evil seems to have taken over the forests around the city.
This is only the beginning of his investigation…

I really wanted to like this book. The synopsis was good and had piqued my interest. The story has potential. It just didn’t deliver. The story lagged in a lot of places. The main character wasn’t very likable. I had trouble connecting with him. There were some contradicting scenes and or parts in the story. There are some good scenes. Just not enough to keep my interest. I had to DNF (did not finish) at 22%. This book wasn’t for me but it may be for someone else. If it catches your interest, check it out for yourself. I give this 2 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*

The Risen: Courage by Marie F. Crow – My Review

Title: The Risen: Courage

Author: Marie F. Crow

Release Date: December 20th 2013

Genre: Horror

When everything shatters into madness, how do you pick up the pieces that are left? When your friends lie bleeding around you, which ones do you fight to save? To find these answers, Helena Hawthorn will have to face the ghosts that now walk the halls around her.

In the wake of J.D.’s madness, Helena and G.R.I.T. will have to find the courage to fight for their home and for each other as a new evil takes hold of their lives. The biggest threat to the high school and its survivors is no longer the Risen, and G.R.I.T. will have to fight to survive.

This book packed a powerful punch! It has action, horror, and those emotional moments that Miss Crow seems to bring with each book. Who can scare you and make you feel things at the same time? She can and she does with this series. The characters she’s created have become family. I’m fully invested in what happens to Helena and crew. I have my favorites! Everyone is recovering and dealing with the aftermath of what happened in Dawning. Things seem to keep getting better and better. No, that was sarcasm. Just when they think they’ve handled the crisis, something happens to make the next one even worse. 

I was captivated right from the beginning! I didn’t put the book down once. I was rapidly turning pages because I needed to know what would happen next. There’s a surprise at the end that I didn’t put together right away. If you know me and my reviews, then you know how I really dig when that happens. Bravo Miss Crow! I’ll be not so patiently waiting for the next book. I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*

The Risen: Remnants by Marie F. Crow – My Review

Title: The Risen: Remnants

Author: Marie F. Crow

Release Date: September 25th 2013

Genre: Horror

Beth Clark lives of the edge of an abyss. Everyday is spent fighting for her survival and the survival of her teen daughter, Genny. Their lives have been shattered by a vaccine that was supposed to have been a modern miracle. A vaccine that is turning the living into monstrosities of their former selves.

Now, only remnants remain of their past lives. Mother and daughter will struggle to survive with what this new world holds for them as they discover the dawning of the Risen.

I know when I read a Marie F. Crow book, I am going to be on one heck of a ride. With a stop in emotionalville. Her ability to draw strong emotions from you while at the same time creeping you out, is phenomenal. That’s true talent. This is a short but fantastic read! I love the world she has created. Seeing different points of view of the same events from the first book only adds to my curiosity and has me wanting more. I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*

The Risen: Margaret by Marie F. Crow – My Review



Title: The Risen: Margaret

Author: Marie F. Crow

Release Date: May 29th 2013

Genre: Horror

The Risen: Margaret is the second book in The Risen series by author Marie F Crow. This book is a complete story unto itself. Readers of Marie F Crow’s first book, The Risen: Dawning, will find an interesting parallel as the two stories complement each other with the interaction of Margaret Erikson and Helena Hawthorn. The main character, Margaret Erikson, is a kindergarten student who experiences an unimaginable horror. This book is told from her point of view as she details the events of her day. Synopsis: “It’s just a simple shot, right?” Margaret Erikson will ask this question many times today. What is suppose to be a basic school wide vaccine will go horribly wrong. It is not a simple shot and the lives that are lost to it will not become simple monsters. “I would have really liked a good-bye hug today” ~Margaret Erikson

Margaret. Oh Margaret….I was both intrigued and sadden by this story. Intrigued because you got like a behind the scenes look into what was happening. Tying it with some scenes from the first book. Sad because…well if you read this, you’ll know what I’m referring to. I love the author’s descriptive words and her ability to pull many emotions from you but keep you captivated at the same time. I was warned going into this book, but I’m doing good and ready for more. I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*

The Risen: Dawning, Anniversary Edition: A Zombie Apocalypse Story of Survival (Book 1) by Marie F. Crow – My Review

Title: The Risen: Dawning, Anniversary Edition: A Zombie Apocalypse Story of Survival (Book 1)

Author: Marie F. Crow

Release Date: March 20th 2014

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Horror

Helena Hawthorn has lived her entire life in the dark shadow of her perfect younger siblings, The Hawthorn Angels. Now as the world awakens to a new horror, she will have to risk everything to keep them safe or forever be haunted by the failure to keep them alive. Each day will bring a new victory, or a new scar, as Helena learns that the dawn waits for no one.

With her newly bonded family, the local motorcycle club G.R.I.T., they will discover the world now holds much deeper horrors for them than they could have ever imagined. The Risen not only stalk the earth but stalk their nightmares as well.

This book came to me by way of a friend. It was described as zombies and Walking Dead with  a kick butt female. Let’s do this!

This book was like a breath of fresh air. It’s unique and totally engaging. It also has a Walking Dead vibe to it and I was there for it. Yeah I went there but it’s true. The beginning hooked me. Once you read it, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Thank you Miss Crow! As the book progressed, I was more and more pulled and invested in the story. These characters had become my family. The author was able to make me feel so many things from sadness to anger then had me laughing. Ah good times. 

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and certainly not the last. I’m officially a fangirl and I look forward to reading more! If you’re a fan of the Walking Dead and strong females that kick butt but also want something new and unique to read, this book is for YOU! You won’t be disappointed. I give this 5 stars

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*