Today I am participating in a blog tour stop for the Horror/Thriller book The Ashes by Vincent Zandri.
Release Date: November 2016
It’s been eight years since artist and single mom, Rebecca Underhill, was abducted and left to die in an old broken down house located in the middle of the dark woods. But even if her abductor, Joseph William Whalen, has since been killed, another, more insidious evil is once more out to get her in the form of the Skinner. The son of an abusive butcher, Skinner intends on finishing the job Whalen started, but failed at.
How is he going to get to Rebecca?
He’s going to do it through her children, by luring them into the cornfield behind the old farmhouse they live in.
HORROR IN THE DEPTHS
Now, armed with the knowledge that the Skinner has escaped incarceration at a downstate facility for the criminally insane, Rebecca must face the most horrifying challenge of her adult life: Rescuing the children not from a house in the woods, but from the abandoned tunnels that run underneath her property.
But the Skinner is watching Rebecca’s every move.
Horrifying question is, will she live long enough to save the children?
About the Author:
Winner of the 2015 PWA Shamus Award and the 2015 ITW Thriller Award for Best Original Paperback Novel, Vincent Zandri is the NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and AMAZON KINDLE No.1 bestselling author of more than 25 novels including THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT WEEPS, EVERYTHING BURNS, and ORCHARD GROVE. He is also the author of numerous Amazon bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL, TRUE STORIES and MOONLIGHT MAFIA among them. Harlan Coben has described THE INNOCENT (formerly As Catch Can) as "gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting," while the New York Post called it "Sensational...Masterful...Brilliant!" Zandri's list of domestic publishers include Delacorte, Dell, Down & Out Books, Thomas & Mercer and Polis Books, while his foreign publisher is Meme Publishers of Milan and Paris.
An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri's work is translated in the Dutch, Russian, French, Italian, and Japanese. Recently, Zandri was the subject of a major feature by the New York Times. He has also made appearances on Bloomberg TV and FOX news. In December 2014, Suspense Magazine named Zandri's, THE SHROUD KEY, as one of the "Best Books of 2014." Recently, Suspense Magazine selected WHEN SHADOWS COME as one of the "Best Books of 2016."
A freelance photo-journalist and the author of the popular "lit blog," The Vincent Zandri Vox, Zandri has written for Living Ready Magazine, RT, New York Newsday, Hudson Valley Magazine, The Times Union (Albany), Game & Fish Magazine, and many more. He lives in New York and Florence, Italy.
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I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.
While this is the second book in the Rebecca Underhill trilogy, and while I had not read the first book, reading it out of order did not affect the experience.
I went into reading this book thinking it would be more of a thriller; however, this is very much a horror story, and if you don't like blood, gore, violence, and a freaky villain who isn't quite entirely human, it will definitely be hard to read. I wasn't prepared for how dark and horrifying the story ultimately unfolded. It became one of those situations where when you think it can't get any worse, it does. While well written with great tension and pacing throughout, the creep factor of the villain was too much for me at times, and coupled with his disturbing nature, I had to take some breaks because it was definitely draining. I kept hearing things, looking around to make sure nothing was in the room with me, and quickly realized that the fear of the Bogeyman really doesn't ever go away.
I had issues with the decision-making of the main character, Rebecca, given her prior experiences, and questioned much of her action or inaction. The story is driven less by the characters and their development and more by their conflicts, so in a sense, this made her come across as the stereotypical horror heroine. She doesn't listen to those gut reactions that we as the reader are screaming at her to acknowledge. Although in the beginning this effect makes the book super fast paced and gripping, it gradually made me apathetic about her overall survival. Additionally, without giving anything away, I did not like the direction that the children's story took. I felt that in the end it was a bit too gratuitous and I personally didn't want it to go as far as it did.
This was a shocking and intense look into the mind of a monster that I won't soon forget. Read with caution and leave the lights on.
Vincent is giving away ten Kindle e-copies of The Ashes!
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This giveaway ends midnight May 31.
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Many thanks to Vincent Zandri and Pump Up Your Book. It was a pleasure providing a review.
I hope you enjoyed this feature and be sure to check out other blog stops on the tour here.