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The author keeps readers on their toes by adding twists and turns and switching between the past and the present — eventually merging them together in the end. The story is well told and easy to follow.
The Glade hooked me from the start. The characters are well developed, although there are at least two that have no significance to the story, at least not for me, and could have been left out of the book. At the beginning I could relate to Helen, but somewhere around the middle of the book, she lost some relatability for me. She seems narcissistic and aloof at times. Also, I did not understand how a woman who had just been raped by a zombie could desire to have sex with various men shortly after, nor could I comprehend how a mother could leave her daughter to live with a total stranger. However, she redeems herself at the end.
The overall pace of the story is good, and it only seems to drag a bit in the middle with several pages of Helen’s reflections and ponderings about her situation.
The storyline is the winner here, with its uniqueness and vivid descriptions. The author kept me engaged from start to finish with her wonderful writing style and storytelling abilities, and the surprise ending. I recommend this book to anyone 18+ who enjoys paranormal, horror and suspense.
The description in this book is palpable. I felt the ominous presence in the forest. I struggled to breathe with the oppressive evil sucking the energies from the forces of light. The characters were so compelling to me. This is a perfect example of an unreliable narrator. We see everyone through Helen's eyes, and as she can't trust anyone, we can't trust them, either. It was a thrill-fest figuring everything out, and I was on the edge of my seat until the very end.
This book does have shades of Stephen King, but romance readers might relate more to Nora Robert's Blood Brothers (Sign of Seven) trilogy. Not that this is a romance novel, but the enemy in the woods was handled as brilliantly by Kent as by Roberts herself.
Yes, this book will definitely keep you turning pages, even as you're looking over your shoulder. Highly recommend.
In most horror movies and books, when the supernatural occurrences begin in a house, you wonder why the owners don't just vacate the premises. Find a new house with no previous owners. Preferably not one on an Indian burial ground. But Helen doesn't have that option - if she leaves, her terminal cancer returns. So then what happens? She deals with it - sometimes in very vivid and graphic ways that made this horror fan smile and nod in pleasure.
The Glade is an exciting blend of horror, thriller, and mystery, tossing in unexpected twists along the way to keep the reader guessing. The alternating timeline narrative adds to the suspense, and the setting descriptions are eerie and mystical. If supernatural suspense is your thing, this is your book.
There was suspense, high drama, and otherworldly activity throughout the book. I enjoyed the tale. The details were excellent, the characters well thought out, and the writing was fantastic. The only reason I'm giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is I feel that, close to the end, the story started to feel drawn out. That's only my opinion, however. Other than that, the book is a must-read for anyone who enjoys a little horror in their books.