From the author of middle grades spine-chilling horror series The Templar Chronicles comes a supernatural thriller for his adult fans
"Gunhus delivers a taut supernatural thriller...all the chops of an action-packed horror tale." - Kirkus Reviews
Emotionally scarred from a car accident in which a little girl was killed, Jack Tremont moves his family from Southern California to Prescott City in the quiet mountains of Western Maryland. At first, the small town appears to be the perfect place to reconnect with his family and to cure his troubled conscience, but Jack soon discovers he has left one nightmare only to walk into another. When a stranger who has been struck by lightning dies in Jack's arms, a child's voice comes from the man's smoldering body to issue a warning:
They're coming for your little girl, Jack. . . you better run. Take your family and run.
The warning turns prophetic when a local cult targets Jack's five year-old daughter Sarah and Jack finds himself in a fight against dark, supernatural forces that he cannot begin to understand. With the help of a mysterious Native American, Jack uncovers more than just a conspiracy that extends into the small community, but an ancient mystery larger than anything he could have imagined. Suddenly, he's not only fighting for his family, but also to stop a devastating evil from escaping into the world. Above all, he must rush against the clock to save his little girl.
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So what did I think?
If I had to describe the overall plot and feel of this novel in one word, it would be creepy. Jeff Gunhus really does give you the heebie geebies while reading Night Chill. If you are super squeamish, this book is not for you!
Honestly, I didn't see the cover of this book until after I had already read it. Isn't it horrifying? Yikes. After reading the much tamer, aimed for middle school-aged kiddos monster hunter books a few months ago, this was a shock to my reading eyes! ::insert wide-eyed, scared face here::
Our main character, Jack, is a husband and father of two girls who is trying to hold everything together and forget about tragic event in his past. When he starts hearing that the devil is after his family, no one believes him.
What makes this book so creepy is the believability of the lore explained throughout. Sure, it's supernatural, but Gunhus rationalizes everything in a way that makes sense as to why people would do the horrible, unspeakable things that they do.
If you're a scardy cat like me, you might struggle with the battle between wanting to hide under the covers and reading on to see how it ends. When I'm scared while reading a book, I somehow think that reading faster will make the scary go away. But this book is so well written and suspenseful, you can't put it down.
About the Author
Jeff Gunhus is the author of 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. The book is a Book Of The Year Finalist for Foreword Reviews and a Finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award. Book #2, Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy was released April 2013. Night Chill is his first book for adults. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland by trying to constantly keep up with his 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.
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