Here at Night Worms, we love to buddy read & review. Chandra, Janelle, Matt, and John offer their reading experience of THE FOREVER HOUSE by Tim Waggoner.
Thank you Flame Tree Press for early copies.
This was the horror book that I needed right now. I remember reading the synopsis a WHILE back and then promptly forgot about it - I just knew I wanted to read it so I dove into this one, nose first, completely blind, and only hurt myself a little.
Yes to the creepy family that moves into the house where previous murders have occurred. Yes to the diverse families that live in this cul de sac and who are now curious about this new family and their unknown intentions. (Honestly though, if a neighbor left an invite to a bbq on my trash can, I probably wouldn't be prone to go but hey, maybe I'd be compelled unknowingly like they were?)
The opening chapter really piqued my interest but I was also a bit hesitant - is this gonna get a little *too weird* for me. HAHAHA - oh who am I kidding? Rarely is anything too weird for me. Waggoner takes us on quite an interesting journey.. and I loved it. Give me all the creepy feels, creepy he gave me in spades. Such vivid visuals from the insincere, toothy smiles, the white clovers, the face that just doesn't move and the pasts come to life again. But then also give me feelings whether between the families themselves or new ones forged in the intimacy that comes from being in a life and death and death and death situation. Ahem.
I do think there were a couple of instances of wanting to teach the reader a lesson that while I understood why was in there, wasn't necessary for the sake of the story and I found a bit annoying rather than helpful. I feel the character(s) this was pointed at didn't need it for their personality to come through. That would be my only critique. The whole of this story is very satisfying. Certain instances may be a bit much for some readers but I thoroughly enjoyed that the author WENT THERE. I'll hitch my horse to anything Waggoner writes.
4 out 5 stars
John is a native of Cranston, Rhode Island. He served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps, deploying twice to Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s a lover of all things horror, pizza and cheeseburgers. When he’s not reading or watching boxing he spends his time with his amazing wife and two beautiful sons.
Tim Waggoner is absolutely incredible at crafting bad people, awful people, EVIL people. THE FOREVER HOUSE is dark fiction with no boundaries.
"Reality is like ice cream. It comes in lots and lots of flavours. But what you really want to know is if the events which occur in the stalking ground - excuse me, the house - will have lasting consequences."
THIS BOOK IS DARK. There were scenes in this story that will stay with me forever. I didn't read the synopsis, I often don't. I simply jumped at the opportunity to read a new story by the Bram Stoker award-winning author Tim Waggoner. I have read many reviews on his work and the consensus is that he is the best at crafting bad people. It is absolutely true. This story and cast of characters within it are incredibly imaginative. It is impossible to predict scene-to-scene the awful circumstances that await its characters. I really enjoyed how this book was filled to the brim with ominous tension building suspense. At no point did my mind stray from the story, I couldn't help but stay fully committed. Ok, so I can tell you right now that there will be lots of negative reviews about certain disturbing scenes in this book. I'm here to tell you that although they were hard to read, they were important to the story. Once I got over the shock of what I had read, I actually appreciated what Tim Waggoner did with the story. High strung tension in an unbelievably imaginative read by an admirable author. I truly believe that horror readers will find a lot to enjoy in this book.
I rated THE FOREVER HOUSE by Tim Waggoner 4 / 5 stars. I found this read to be sinister, dark and disturbing, all in the best way possible. There are definitely scenes that were difficult to get through because of its content but it certainly didn't stop me from devouring this book. I'm anxious to read more by Tim Waggoner and his fiercely creative mind.
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