The Torment of Rachel Ames by Jeff Gunhus

Posted December 22, 2015 in Book Review, Novella Review / 0 Comments


I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.
The Torment of Rachel Ames by Jeff GunhusThe Torment Of Rachel Ames by Jeff Gunhus
Published by Seven Guns Press on November 10th 2015
Genres: Horror, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 112
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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Suffering from writer’s block, novelist Rachel Ames escapes to a lake cabin to calm her mind and regain a sense of herself. The location is perfect. Isolated. Beautiful. Inspiring. It even comes with a good-looking landlord who shows an interest in her. But she can’t shake the sense that something terrible has followed her to the lake, something just beyond her consciousness, something out on the edge where the sounds of a raging fire and sirens linger whenever she slows down to listen. Determined to make the cabin work, she tries to settle in and give her new life a chance. But when strange things begin to happen around her, she wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake. As the darkness that’s followed her manifests itself in inexplicable ways, her concept of reality is stretched thin and she realizes nothing at the lake is what it seems. As she fights to survive with her sanity intact, she understands too late that the location she’s chosen for herself is far from perfect.

Main points

This book was really cool! It would have made a great horror movie, I’ll tell you that. It was one of those books where you’re never actually sure what’s real, but either way you’re pretty sure the main character is going crazy. Or is crazy. Keeps you on your toes. It’s one of those books where anything goes.

What’s great is that at the end you think things are finally going to wrap up and make sense, and they start to, but then—BAM! You’re suddenly unsure of what just happened. I won’t give spoilers. But it is also just the type of book where everything is so crazy you’re sure there can’t be a nice happy ending. So whatever happens is okay, know what I mean?

Anyway, all things considered, this book was very like a dream. An Alice-in-Wonderland-situation gone wrong. It was very eerie. But fun to read! It wasn’t, you know, scary, in a way other than psychologically, but I love that stuff. If you’re into that sort of thing, this book is a fun quick read. Depressing, yes, but you’re really reading it for the atmosphere.

 reaction upon finishing

whoa, what?

this book in one word




About Jeff Gunhus

Jeff Gunhus is the author thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 100 on Amazon and have been Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.

Overall: four-stars


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