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I usually start out these reviews with a bit of exposition about select themes I find within a given book, but this time I'd like to focus on something that is, in itself, a part of writing.
Some writers know theirs. Some don't. With the best authors, you know who they are from the moment you read the first sentence. It's a comforting, and important, trait to have. King has it. Robbins has it. Layman and Lovecraft had it. Hemingway had it in spades, as did Fitzgerald.
And so does Daniel Pyle.
From the second I picked up Freeze, this author's new novella, I was immediately sucked in. I felt the same exact way I did when I opened Down the Drain and Dismember, previous works by Pyle - like I was about to be taken on one massive, wildly-swinging ride of terror. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed.
Freeze is the story of Warren and Tess, an older couple living high in the mountains with their dog during the snowstorm of the century. There are strange goings-on about the house after the power goes out, adding to the feeling that this isn't your garden-variety blizzard. A window breaks, showering Tess with glass. There are strange sounds outside. The family car has been seemingly vandalized. And all the while the cold and isolation creep in on this tight little family, until finally, after an emergency, Warren is forced to try and brave his way down the mountain in search of help. Little does he know, there are strange beings waiting for him out in the frigid wilderness, creatures that would love nothing more than to tear him apart.
The plot is very basic - couple trapped, flees from monsters, fights monsters, encounter terrors they never thought imaginable.Read more ›
The book opens with Tess and Warren living in a small, primitive cabin in the upper Rockies in the midst of a blizzard that has been storming for several days already. We find out that the couple, along with their ailing old dog, chose to remain without power because they cannot afford a motel room in town and have no friends to spend time with. (Due to the nature of a novella, the author needs to be skillful at allowing the reader to understand the plot without spending too much time sketching out the characters' back story. Mr. Pyle does an awesome job of grabbing the reader by the throat and pulling them into the frozen landscape of Tess and Warren's home). I have not read any other works of Mr. Pyle, but based on this novella alone, I would dare to compare him to Stephen King.
I cannot give too many details away without spoiling the plot, but I can say this: I loved this story because it delivers what it sets out to do; it scares the heck out of the reader and makes them want more! I commiserated with their dilemma of whether to ride out the storm at home, with Tess now violently sick and some malevolent force outside hiding in the howling winter winds, or risk walking to town and dying in the sub-freezing world outside.
This book is definitely a horror story to the core; we find out the "thing" trying to get them is not human, and there are some gory scenes here and there. But basically I found this to be a thriller; I was excited to keep reading this fast-paced novella to the end. Then the end came, and I was like...hmm... I wanted more-- I didn't want it to end at that point in the story! I needed to know more about what happened afterwards. Recommended highly!
What would you do? Terrible blizzard, no electricity or phone, wife injured, truck won't start...how do you get help? And then there's the little problem of EXACTLY how did your wife get injured.
The characters were well developed for a story of this length. Unique monsters. I finished it very quickly. I wish the story had been extended out. The ending felt a bit rushed and I would have liked a bit more closure.
This is a horror story so don't be surprised at a little blood and guts - literally.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book reminds me that a story doesn't have to be full of high tech hype in order to give you the chills. Read morePublished 5 months ago by rerickel
Wow what a book, puts you in mind that something Steven King would write. Just when you think it was safe, the ending was not what I was expecting.Published 20 months ago by ladybiker01
I enjoyed it...until I got to the last page. There was no ending. No resolution. I absolutely hate those type of books! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tigger3370
Interesting plot as far as it started however several unbelievable actions by the main Hero & Heroine made the book difficult to really enjoy the story. Read morePublished on June 13, 2014 by Christy Curtis
It was interesting to read but the ending just didn't hit the spot for me. But I enjoyed the story.Published on April 13, 2014 by stephany
This was a fast very good read , during the blizzard of 2014!!! Fast paced , good writing!!! I'm hoping Bub makes it!!Published on February 14, 2014 by Amazon Customer