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7 Days in Hell: A Halloween Vacation to wake the Dead (Seventh Hell) Paperback – June 3, 2020
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- Publisher : Independently published (June 3, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 284 pages
- ISBN-10 : 168840063X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1688400634
- Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.71 x 8 inches
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The setting descriptions make it feel like you’re right there in the historic, mystical countryside.
Murphy knows how to push the creep factor so that the hairs on your neck rise. She also knows how to write gore. There are several scenes that made me cringe (in a good way!).
Irene has a dog that plays a significant part in the book. Every story is better with a dog in it.:-)
I like the clever, chronological chapter headers named after days. Monday is creepy. Wednesday is scary. Thursday is Murphy at her best.
As bloody and scary as this book is, there are sparks of goodness throughout so you’re not depressed when you finish reading. The twins’ relationship, the inquisitive nature of Irene’s little dog, and the power of faith all contribute to a hopeful feeling at the end of the book. (Don’t get me wrong. I’m not necessarily saying it’s a happy ending. It IS horror, after all.)
It’s a little wordy. I think the prose could have been tightened up, especially the first third of the book when we’re getting to know the twins.
Mostly the book is well edited, but there are a few typos, not so much that they make the book less enjoyable, but enough to interrupt the flow of the story here and there.
7 Days in Hell is an original horror story with lots of “fun” gore, an isolated setting, and uplifting rays of hope. Four stars.
This is my first read by Iseult Murphy, and I had a great time!
This book centers on two twin sisters going on vacation. Many people dream of the beach, but they get stuck with Basard, a small village with quiet folks and strange stone circles. Trying to make the best of their situation, they explore the town, but as odd things begin to happen, the sisters begin to worry that more is afoot. Can they figure it out, or should they just run for the hills?
I enjoyed many things about this book.
The characters were portrayed well. The twins especially felt real to me. Irene is intelligent, studious, and no-nonsense, while Vicky is more carefree and lackadaisical. I liked how they interacted with one another. Like all siblings they fought quite a bit, but in the end they had each other's backs. That's family, and it was very believable.
The plot had me from the get go. Weird vacation spot? Check. Peculiar townsfolk? Check check. Strange happenings? Check check check! I enjoyed the small town atmosphere of Basard. It had this underlying eeriness to it that kept me flipping through those pages. Is there something supernatural, paranormal, or is it all in the twins' heads? Once things intensify, you won't want to stop reading. There was a lot of great action in this book.
If I had to pick at anything, I would say that here and there the writing could got a little choppy or too long-winded, mainly towards the later half of the book. Still, that didn't take away too much from my experience, and I ultimately thought this was a great read.
I'm excited to dive into the next book that comes out in October. I have a feeling some terrible stuff is about to happen!
The story is about two sisters (twins) that are vacationing during Halloween in a very rural village in Ireland. While there, they meet the strange locals who keep them up at all ours of the night with their roaring and moans in the farm fields beyond their rental cabins. On Halloween, they decide to investigate the noises and the mysterious happenings and discover the ancient stone circle being used for some sort of unholy ritual that has all of the townspeople under its spell.
The pace of the book flows well and is at an average pace. The story is divided into each day the sisters are on vacation which I thought was a great way to section the book and help organize the material. Each day has different scene breaks so we can see the story from multiple character point of views. This book isn't first person, but third person, which I think gave the story clarity. I'm so glad the author chose to write it this way.
I thought the timings of the different plot reveals throughout the story were great! It made for a splendid Halloween mystery and when it was finally explained about what happened to these townspeople, it filled in the plot nicely. I didn't have too many questions reading this story and the author set it up for the next book in the series.
I love anything that relates to ancient rituals, Druids, the Celts - and this book has a lot of that. The author weaves the myths and legends of old in with this story of what's going on in the present. It gave the book personality, in my opinion, and really set it apart from some of the other zombie stories I've read.
There were a few grammatical mistakes that may have been missed over the proofread, but they weren't glaring and didn't detract from the overall enjoyment I got out of reading this story. I also like the book cover because it kind of reminds me of iZombie which is a great T.V. show. I'll definitely be checking out the next book, 7 Weeks in Hell.