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- Print Length: 202 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 154725548X
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- Publication Date: June 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0728GZ5XN
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Kyle, Grant and Shannon are on a road trip. They are going to spend some time in what turns out to be a dilapidated cabin, in the middle of nowhere.
Kyle knows why they are there but Grant and Shannon have no idea.
Kyle’s girlfriend, Cheryl, recently took her own life and he thinks the answers and the reasons why, lie in this cabin.
Will they find the fears that Cheryl did?
Characters wise, there aren’t too many in this one. Kyle, Grant and Shannon are the featured people. Kyle is troubled about Cheryl’s death and is hell bent on finding out answers. He has been a bit selfish though, in withholding his true intentions from his friends. Grant seems to be very grounded and sensible but how can he react under pressure? Shannon seems to be a typical jock. All he cares about is looking after his body down the gym, and having fun the rest of the time.
Cheryl has had the most torrid time of anyone in the story. She was struggling with life when she broke up with Kyle and went to the cabin for reasons only she knows. When she returned, her life was in so much turmoil, she could only see one way out. A normal every day girl, something in that cabin changed her in ways that no one knows.
The plot seems simple enough. Kyle wants to find out what made Cheryl so depressed that she took her own life. He thinks it had something to do with the cabin so decides to go there with his friends. He has a feeling there is something evil there but doesn’t tell his friends. They have to find that out for themselves when they go there. Will they find the answers?
What we have here is essentially a story of one man trying to find answers. He has no idea what he is going to find at the cabin, but he thinks there is something mysterious there. He has no idea how bad it is. What the friends find there is something so evil that it will be a miracle if anyone survives.
This is written in such a way that you experience things through the eyes of each individual as it happens to them, at the same time something different is happening to the others – I will explain – three characters all looking out of their respective windows in the same house at the same time, one sees the sun shining, one sees it pouring down with rain and the other sees it snowing – get it?
This is unbelievably effective. At the beginning, you think how can this be happening but then when you get used to it, it all makes sense. It is so effective that you get to the point where you don’t know what is real anymore. You don’t know if someone is dreaming or one of the others is dreaming or if they are all in the same dream or if it’s really happening. This type of writing is extremely difficult to do without totally confusing the reader and making them switch off and just close the book.
Chad Clark has it mastered. If anything, it just heightens the fear as you read the book. That mystery of not knowing what is real and what isn’t, frazzles your brain to the point where you fear starts to boil over. That in turn just makes you turn page after page to get to the truth.
I have been trying to think of a way to describe Chad Clark’s style. I still can’t think of a way to put it. There are so many different elements to this story that I can’t tell you about for fear of ruining the story for you. There is a huge amount of feeling and emotion in this story. It plays on your own fears and insecurities by torturing the characters with theirs.
This, for me, is what a horror story should be.
To summarise: highest possible recommendation. That is all.
☆☆☆☆☆ just superb.
☆☆☆☆☆ it has everything.
Readers of my horror reviews know that I rate implacability as my highest criterion for Horror. Chad Clark's newest novella, YESTERDAY, WHEN WE DIED, contains implacability in spades. From this evil, you just don't escape. It has a way, not only of destroying individual humans, but of amplifying emotions and base desires, of finding the evil in a human soul, then expressing it, influencing humans to wreak dastardly deeds. Who can stand against it, after all?
I reviewed a digital ARC generously provided by the author. This review is my fair and impartial opinion.
There is a reason i don't like supernatural horror. It make me uncomfortable dealing with unknown and intangible forces, but this is a fantastic tale.