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Night Chill [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Gunhus
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (542 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the tradition of Stephen King and Dean Koontz - intended for mature audiences. Jack Tremont moves his family to the quiet mountains of Western Maryland hoping to leave behind a troubled past and restart his life. Instead, he finds himself caught up in a nightmare when his daughter Sarah is targeted by Nate Huckley, a mysterious and horrifying stranger driven by a dark, ancient power who will stop at nothing to abduct Sarah. When Sarah goes missing, suspicion falls on Jack and he must uncover the secrets of the small mountain town of Prescott City and face the evil secret hidden there. As he digs further, he learns the conspiracy reaches more deeply than he could have imagined. He must soon face the question, What is a father willing to do to save his child? The answer? Anything. Anything at all.


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Review

Night Chill is now a 2014 Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalist. 
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"Readers looking for a good scare will delight in this novel, even if they suddenly feel compelled to sleep with the lights on."- Publishers Weekly
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"..unforgettable, exceptional debut. A primitive ritual and an ancient secret threaten a family's safety in this heart-pounding tale of horrific madness, Guaranteed to trigger night sweats along with a childlike, irrational fear of the creaky attic, Jeff Gunhus's Night Chill will not disappoint horror fans." - Foreword Clarion Reviews - 5 STARS
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Gunhus delivers a taut supernatural thriller...the powerful Nate Huckley terrifies, and the assorted cast of human antagonists add to the white-knuckle tension. All the chops of an action-packed horror tale." - Kirkus Reviews
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"I see a lot of book synopses that claim works by lesser known authors are King-like or that their writing style is similar to Koontz. I always take these with a grain of salt. But in this case, it is very true." - A Goddess Of Literature
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"Night Chill seems to have it all for the horror fan/supernatural lover. It's got a beautifully laid out mystery that spans centuries and involves something terrifying for any parent out there...I highly recommend Night Chill and it's one book that shouldn't be passed up." - - The Mind of Tatlock
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"What an amazingly, heart pounding, non-stop, emotional, creepy THRILL RIDE! I can't remember the last time a book pulled me in a wouldn't let me go, but this one did from start to finish." - Monique J King
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A long time reader of Dean Koontz, I would dare say Night Chill was up there with some of the best from Mr. Koontz. Plenty of twists and turns that kept me just wanting to keep reading. - Aussie Kindle Fanatic

From the Author

Night Chill is a supernatural thriller in the tradition of Stephen King and Dean Koontz and is intended for mature audiences. For fans of my novel Jack Templar Monster Hunter and the books of The Templar Chronicle MG/YA series, this is a complete departure from that world. First, this novel is written for adults and contains all the language adults tend to use. Second, there are strong horror elements. That doesn't mean it's overly gory or disgusting (not my kind of book), but I've had emails from readers that there are scenes that kept them up at night. Which leads me to...#3 Night Chill is scary. Not in the way a creature feature or a slasher movie is scary though.  Think instead of being home alone, the doors locked for the night, the kids asleep and, just as you close your eyes, you hear the creak of a floorboard downstairs. Followed by another. And another. Too regular and heavy for it to be anything other than someone or something that shouldn't be there. If you can imagine that feeling of adrenaline-soaked fear and dread, then you will know what you can expect from Night Chill. 


WARNING: If you are a young fan of the Jack Templar books, this novel is not for you. If you are that young fan's parent, come try out a few chapters and see if you can handle it. Let me know what you think in the reviews here and at JeffGunhus.com

Dear Reader, 

 

Thank you three times. 

 

First, thank you for supporting a fellow human being's passion. I think it makes you a good person and makes up for that one thing you did in high school (you know what I'm talking about.) 


Second, thank you for being part of the community of readers. Each time you write a review, recommend a book to friend or share a new novel through social media, you help keep the fire for books alive. Those of us who scribble stories late into the night are completely in your debt. 

 

Lastly, thank you for your time. As a father of five and an avid reader (labels that can seem mutually exclusive at times), I recognize every book you open represents a hard choice among thousands of options. I'm awed and humbled that you chose to spend your valuable time within these pages. I hope that I proved to be worthy of your trust.

 

With appreciation,
 

Jeff Gunhus 

Product Details

  • File Size: 1629 KB
  • Print Length: 439 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Seven Guns Press (December 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CRKPTL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book June 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I see a lot of book synopses that claim works by lesser known authors are King-like or that their writing style is similar to Koontz. I always take these with a grain of salt. But in this case, it is very true. The plot was so deeply layered and well thought out I was half expecting a scene where someone spots Pennywise while driving through Derry, or of someone eating a bologna and Bermuda onion sandwich (has anyone else noticed King's character's obsession with this sandwich?), or that Jack was committed to Juniper Hill Asylum because this book does have that amazing degree of creepiness that Stephen King has perfected. Then again, there IS a yellow lab, a dog species which Koontz often has traipsing through his plots.

This is a dangerous book of "one more". One more chapter and I'll do the laundry. One more chapter before I start dinner. One more chapter and I'll call and order a pizza deliver. One more chapter ... eh, the kids are old enough to make themselves a sandwich when they get hungry. Be prepared to have a very unproductive day because this book is incredibly fast paced and there is no good place to set it down and walk away. I was constantly wanting to find out what would happen next and was not disappointed. There were quite a few editing errors but the storyline more than made up for the annoyance.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tense mystery July 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Review originally posted on my website, From the Mind of Tatlock

It's been awhile since I've read a book that kept me this intrigued in the mystery it was laying out. Night Chill starts off fast and doesn't let up. It will leave you guessing what's going to happen next and after the last page turns, you'll be begging for more. I don't normally praise a book this much (unless it's Bond, James Bond, or a movie novelization... okay maybe I do, so sue me!), but author Jeff Gunhus has a winner on his hands here. Read on to find out why this book will give you the chills...

Slightly longer nitty-gritty plot description from the back cover is as follows: Jack Tremont moves his family to the quiet mountains of Western Maryland hoping to leave behind a troubled past and restart his life. Instead, he finds himself caught up in a nightmare when his daughter Sarah is targeted by Nate Huckley, a mysterious and horrifying stranger driven by a dark power that will stop at nothing to possess Sarah. When Sarah goes missing, suspicion falls on Jack and he must uncover the secrets of the small mountain town of Prescott City and face the evil secret hidden there. As he digs further, he learns the conspiracy reaches more deeply than he could have imagined. Finally, he will have to face the question, What is a father willing to do to save his child? The answer? Anything. Anything at all.

I went into Night Chill blind. I didn't read the synopsis or anything. I was just told to check it out and that I did. So, when I first started reading the book, my interest was piqued. The book starts off fairly quick and doesn't pussy foot around, or delay slapping the supernatural in your face.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Set in Maryland, Jack Tremont and his family moved away from the hustle and bustle of California for what they feel is a better quality of family life. That is until weird things start happening.

Jack gets a warning from the well-known town vagrant and then the vagrant is struck by lightning and issues Jack another warning, someone is after his daughter. But who or what is the question.

Jack soon finds himself in the middle of something he can hardly get his mind around but regardless the only thing to do is save Sarah from the evil that has found the Tremont family. With some unlikely help, Jack is thrust into a world he's only seen on Television and in the Movies. But will he be able to save Sarah in time?

Night Chill is a fantastic Paranormal Horror/Suspense story. By the time I got to the chapter that FINALLY told what exactly was going on I was too wrapped up to put the book down and just had to keep going. Oh and the whole rest stop thunderstorm scene scared the bejesus out of me, I'm from Ohio, Maryland isn't that far and I've been there, I was able to totally picture the eerie scene and with the exception of a few things I could totally imagine this whole scene actually happening and seeing it on the evening news. That's what I think I liked most about this book, even though it's a paranormal story it's not written to be totally unbelievable, much of the story probably has actually happened at some point in time.

I do hope there is more to come from Mr. Gunhus and the Night Chill tale. The way the book ended I can see it going either way, ending with Night Chill or going on to become a series. (by now everyone should know my vote, based on how many series I read ) :-)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read August 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given the chance to read this book. I found myself captivated from the beginning. The age old question how far a parent would go for their child kept me reading. I was caught up in the story of Jack trying to keep his family safe and not knowing who to trust. I found myself losing track of time as I got lost in this story. This is the first book I have read by Jeff Gunhus. I do look forward to reading more. His ability to tell the story and provide vivid details helped the story capture my attention. This is a great book for those that like action and not knowing what is going to happen long before it does.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars but not great. Tends to get very "wordy"
Okay, but not great. Tends to get very "wordy".
Published 21 hours ago by Chuck
4.0 out of 5 stars Gunhus could trim some of the fluff it would be an excellent read. The...
The only reason I am giving this book a four star and not a five is because it is a little long winded in spots. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mary Sarles
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
A very good book page turner a thrilling ride to the u know hair raising exciting it gets you from the first chapter
Published 1 day ago by Pamila Thurman
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh start takes a wrong turn...
What a great book. Creepy and chilling and what a wild ride. Buy it.
Published 2 days ago by Jo Lynn Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This was a thrilling book and I enjoyed reading it. It is one of those that keep you guessing to the end. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Phyllis Mahoney
5.0 out of 5 stars could not put down!!
I read 1-2 books a week. A lot of "thrillers and chillers". But this book was a nonstop, creepy, scary, heart pounding roller coaster ride. Read more
Published 3 days ago by jlw
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Thrilling and suspenseful till the end.
Published 4 days ago by Ramamoorthy Ramasamy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked me for the sequel Night Terror
With nods to King and Koontz already mentioned, as the story progresses, Gunhus exhibts his own style of crafting people and places; not all of which we would find strolling down... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Mixed with the supernatural, history and a father's undying devotion to family, this book is nonstop action!
Published 4 days ago by Tim Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book grabs you right away.
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More About the Author

Jeff Gunhus is the author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA fantasy series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with his kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.

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