2012; 286 pages. New Author? : No. N.B. : "Jack Kilborn" is a pen name of J.A. Konrath. Book 3 of the “A Novel of Terror” series. Genre : Thriller. Overall Rating : 8*/10.
sleepy town of Safe Haven – population 907 – lies in northern Wisconsin, and in
the middle of nowhere. It’s quite and
isolated, so when a helicopter crashes one night just outside of town, that’s something
to get excited about. Things get even
better when the whole town wins the Lottery.
rest of the night is going to be exciting too.
Unfortunately for the inhabitants of Safe Haven, it’s gonna be the “bad”
kind of excitement.
What’s To Like...
title sums it up succinctly : Afraid – A Novel of
Terror aims to scare you out of your socks. The action starts right away, and the terror
is not far behind. The “what”
is revealed fairly early, so the big question is “why”. J.A. Konrath delights in answering this gradually
lots of blood and gore, of course; along with lots of killing. Safe Haven’s population of 907 takes one
heckuva hit. There’s a romance or two to
balance the violence, and a monkey and a dog that are both uber-kewl. This is not a paranormal book; it’s more a
matter of science
The pacing is crisp; Konrath is an author who simply will not allow any
slow spots in his books. There are lots
of twists, yet the storyline holds together nicely and builds to a nail-biting
climax. The book is a standalone, and
the loose ends tie up nicely without prolonging the page-count.
think you know pain, old man? You know
nothing of pain. You’ll answer every
question I have and beg me to ask more of them.”
“No,” Sal said, folding his frail arms,
silently swearing on Maggie’s head to not give this bastard the
satisfaction. “You won’t get anything
out of me.”
It took less than three minutes for this
intruder to prove Sal wrong. (loc.
Though a firefighter, Erwin knew he wasn’t
a particularly brave man. Unlike his
friend Josh, who wanted to leave Safe Haven for a bigger town with more danger,
Erwin was perfectly fine here. He hadn’t
risked his life once in six years on the job, and that suited him. But he knew that it was only a matter of time
until he’d be forced to do something heroic.
Unfortunately, it looked like the time had
come. (loc. 867)
Afraid – A Novel of Terror sells for $3.99 at Amazon, as do
the other two books in the series – Trapped and
“Which head belongs to which, you think?”
I have to believe writing thrillers is a daunting
task. A horror movie can scare you by pulling
you into the victim’s eyes and letting you watch the oncoming evil. But a book has to rely on words on a page to imprint
the fear into your brain. How scared can
you be by a bunch of sentences?
nothing subtle, complex, or highbrow about A-ANoT. It should be judged by how well it traumatizes
your mind and keeps it that way, with your only “relief” being to turn the next
page. It succeeds frighteningly. 8 Stars.