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- Print Length: 248 pages
- Publisher: Grinning Skull Press (December 21, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 21, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NBNDI3A
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,282 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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DREAD AND BREAKFAST, by Stuart R. West, was nothing less than a vicious, adrenaline-filled novel, in which both the pacing and the terror NEVER seemed to let up. I sat down to begin this novel with the anticipation of getting the first couple of chapters read. Two-thirds of the way through, I stopped purely out of necessity (had to feed the family ;) ).
During a relentless snowstorm in Missouri, nine people--most strangers to each other--find themselves lodging at the Dandy Drop Inn . . . all of them harboring secret reasons for coming out that way. Then we have the Dandys, the most sickeningly sweet, elderly couple to ever welcome people into their home. As if that wasn't enough to get things moving, it seems like each guest at the Inn has more than the secrets they know about, following in their wake. . .
". . . she took a deep breath, the only thing on her mind: survival."
I've read plenty of novels that started out strong, only to flounder after a short while, lapsing into "tell" in place of "show" techniques that made me feel as though I were in a lecture hall. I can honestly say that there was none of that lull in DREAD AND BREAKFAST. This pace just kept amping on up. If one situation temporarily resolved, another would immediately open up. The characterization was also in top-form--I felt that I knew everything I needed to about each individual present, their motivations, mindsets, reasonings, and ultimate goals. All of this was conveyed smoothly, interspersed throughout the length of the novel, without ever resorting to a random narration of a jumble of facts.
". . . What happened in her home scared her more . . . whatever waited for her on the second floor didn't frighten her at all. Not like Daddy . . . "
Stuart R. West's new novel is already a serious contender for my "Year's Best" list. This is one book that I simply couldn't put aside for another--I had to keep reading at the breakneck pace set by the author. For those who like their horror coming at you from all directions at once, this is the book for you.
Happy nightmares . . .
In spite of the horror and suspense, I experienced many smiles and even chuckles as the certain exaggerated stereotype characteres revealed themselves through their thoughts and dialogue and actions--the accountant with his steel grasp of the mob-money-filled briefcase, the newlyweds who took their strongly held religious beliefs to extreme conclusions, and the jovial inn keepers Delores and Jim--"that's Jim Dandy!" Oh , my. Really, Stuart? Now that song is stuck in my head and this Jim Dandy is certainly not coming to the rescue.
Rebecca and Kyra, escaping from an abusive husband and dad, offer sanity to this cast. Rebecca finds unknown strength, boldness and
skills she wishes she had used sooner but a mom will do whatever it takes to protect her child. Kyra is smart and brave and knows secrets
and a friend who cleverly move the plot along.
I would recommend this book for lovers of the horror thriller or those new to this genre. You will be entertained, but you might want to wear mittens and extra socks while reading since some guest is always walking in the deep snow without those. It's chilling.