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chill n. 1. A moderate but penetrating coldness. 2. A sensation of coldness, often accompanied by shivering and pallor of the skin. 3. A checking or dampening of enthusiasm, spirit, or joy: bad news that put a chill on the celebration. 4. A sudden numbing fear or dread.
Night Chill by Jeff Gunhus
Publication date: May 31st 2013
Genres: Adult, Supernatural, Thriller
Jack Tremont moves his family to the quiet mountains of Western Maryland hoping to leave behind a troubled past and restart his life. Instead, he finds himself caught up in a nightmare when his daughter Sarah is targeted by Nate Huckley, a mysterious and horrifying stranger driven by a dark power that will stop at nothing to possess Sarah. When Sarah goes missing, suspicion falls on Jack and he must uncover the secrets of the small mountain town of Prescott City and face the evil secret hidden there. As he digs further, he learns the conspiracy reaches more deeply than he could have imagined. Finally, he will have to face the question, What is a father willing to do to save his child? The answer? Anything. Anything at all.
Holy Freaky Book.
Everything I have read is telling me that Jeff Gunhus typically writes middle grade/YA books and that this is his first foray into the adult book world. What an entrance he has made.
Night Chill grabs you right from the start and then makes you keep turning the pages. There is layer upon layer of supernatural mystery built in, and Jeff did not forget any of those intricate parts to the story, tying each one together and bringing it to a close with a bang.
This is one of those books that I did not want to put down. I started it before bed the night before (yes, I like to freak myself out right before I go to sleep, I guess) and had to turn off my ipad at 2 AM after reading 15% because someone has to get the kids up in the morning. The rest of it I finished off yesterday (438 pages). I carried my iPad everywhere and went back to reading every spare minute I have. I even sent my husband into the store so that I could sit in the car and read without interruption.
The gore in Night Chill for me was pretty… well, gory. There must have been something on my face as I sat on the couch reading because my husband looked over and said what? Nothing. Just some freakiness in my book that I would rather not read aloud in front of the kiddos.
This was an intense read that I would rank up there with some of my favorite horror writers like Stephen King and Scott Nicholson.
In addition to writing supernatural thrillers for adults, Jeff Gunhus is also the author of the Middle Grade/YA series The Templar Chronicles. (www.jacktemplar.com) 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 and recognized as a 2012 Forward Reviews Book of the Year Finalist. Jeff has been a Stephen King and Dean Koontz fan since he was a kid reading their novels under the covers at night. Seeing Night Chill next to King and Koontz on the Amazon Bestseller lists has been a surreal experience. He leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole and five incredible 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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