- File Size: 1119 KB
- Print Length: 190 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1601837496
- Publisher: Lyrical Underground (September 27, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 27, 2016
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AEQB4J0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My interest in this book was almost instantaneous, it hooked me right off the back. The characters were all likable and really had you rooting for them. The monsters, the strange creatures that came out of the snow were truly unnerving. The book also reminded me of older Dean Koontz books (especially DarkFall). The active setting pulled me in and gave me chills and had me holding my breath.
It all started with a ritual style murder, and then the snow came and with it horrible monster. The monsters came out of the snow killing people and taking them. Jack and Reese are left with a town frozen over and only Kathy with the knowledge to figure out what is going on. Kathy's past is not known to either Jack or Reese she keeps it under wraps the only reason they know something traumatic happened to her to set her on this path is the long scar on the side of her face. A scar given to her by her serial killer brother who was following the orders given to him by a cult, the same one calling the demons on to this plan. Kathy and Reese try and track down the spell to reverse it before it's too late; while Jack and another detective, Morris, try and track down the cult members.
Overall, very creepy, very intense, and very good. I think I white knuckled my kindle throughout most of the book.
Action-packed and gory, Chills is a bizarre horror novel with both occult and supernatural creatures present. I struggled to connect with the characters, but despite that I couldn't walk away from the terrifying story Mary SanGiovanni presented. The snow, cold weather, and increasingly awful deaths serve to create a truly chilling setting. I felt like I was there, freezing cold, cut off from the world, and terrified for my life. The cult practices, explained so well by the character of Kathy, made it even more haunting. I think horror fans will find themselves enjoying the fast-paced story, it's unique monsters and build up a true treat.
Chills is an amazing story. SanGiovanni is masterful at using environment in Chills and the ending brings sweet relief to the plot. I can't write too much here without giving away key points, but Teagan and Kathy are two memorable characters that are full of life and heart. As the story progresses, you grow to really care about them.
I particularly enjoyed the prose. Mary writes in fluid motion and it translates to the reader. Often times, her words are almost poetic, in that I found myself re-reading passages, to let the words breathe more life into the story.
It's no wonder this author is so celebrated and is considered such an important figure in the genre. I've read her non-fiction, too, so I'll also say in American Literature.
Read Chills, and find out for yourself
The story is fast paced and the crisis escalates quickly. I would have liked more of a slow burn in the beginning to give time to get acquainted with the characters. With the exception of Kathy, I didn't feel connected to them. This wasn't much of a problem as Chills is very plot driven, so as long as the reader is looking for some good monster battles and creepy enemies this will hit the spot.
I was disappointed in the direction of the novel at first, until I realized it was no fault of Mary SanGiovanni. The promotional summary calls this "True Detective meets H.P. Lovecraft", which to me suggests mystery and a shadowy menace. That is not at all what Chills is. Some cops find a body in a ritual murder setting at the very beginning: there is where the similarity to True Detective begins and ends. More truth in advertising, please.