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Gilchrist is as beautiful as it is terrifying—a novel of mounting suspense, with an unsettlingly human heart at its core. . . black as it may be. Two years after losing their infant son to a tragic accident, Peter Martell, a novelist with a peculiar knack for finding lost things, and his wife, Sylvia, are devastated to learn they may no longer be able to have children. In n Gilchrist is as beautiful as it is terrifying—a novel of mounting suspense, with an unsettlingly human heart at its core. . . black as it may be. Two years after losing their infant son to a tragic accident, Peter Martell, a novelist with a peculiar knack for finding lost things, and his wife, Sylvia, are devastated to learn they may no longer be able to have children. In need of a fresh start, and compelled by strange dreams, the couple decide to rent a lake house in the idyllic town of Gilchrist, Massachusetts, a place where bad things might just happen for a reason. As bizarre events begin to unfold around them—a chance encounter with a gifted six-year-old boy, a series of violent deaths, and repeated sightings of a strange creature with a terrifying nature—Peter and Sylvia find themselves drawn into the chaos and soon discover that coming to Gilchrist may not have been their decision at all. Set against a small New England town in the summer of 1966, Gilchrist is a sinister tale about the haunting origins of violence, evil, and the undying power of memory.


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Gilchrist is as beautiful as it is terrifying—a novel of mounting suspense, with an unsettlingly human heart at its core. . . black as it may be. Two years after losing their infant son to a tragic accident, Peter Martell, a novelist with a peculiar knack for finding lost things, and his wife, Sylvia, are devastated to learn they may no longer be able to have children. In n Gilchrist is as beautiful as it is terrifying—a novel of mounting suspense, with an unsettlingly human heart at its core. . . black as it may be. Two years after losing their infant son to a tragic accident, Peter Martell, a novelist with a peculiar knack for finding lost things, and his wife, Sylvia, are devastated to learn they may no longer be able to have children. In need of a fresh start, and compelled by strange dreams, the couple decide to rent a lake house in the idyllic town of Gilchrist, Massachusetts, a place where bad things might just happen for a reason. As bizarre events begin to unfold around them—a chance encounter with a gifted six-year-old boy, a series of violent deaths, and repeated sightings of a strange creature with a terrifying nature—Peter and Sylvia find themselves drawn into the chaos and soon discover that coming to Gilchrist may not have been their decision at all. Set against a small New England town in the summer of 1966, Gilchrist is a sinister tale about the haunting origins of violence, evil, and the undying power of memory.

30 review for Gilchrist

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emily L

    The most frightening thing about this book is how many people are giving it good ratings. What a shame... I didn't absolutely hate it - but I certainly didn't like it! Its as if this story had good bones but a terrible execution. I honestly did not enjoy any of the characters and there was not even a single one that I liked. I wasn't moved to care about what happened to any of them. The entire book was sloppy and somewhat disjointed - and not just because of the shifting narrators' perspectives. The most frightening thing about this book is how many people are giving it good ratings. What a shame... I didn't absolutely hate it - but I certainly didn't like it! Its as if this story had good bones but a terrible execution. I honestly did not enjoy any of the characters and there was not even a single one that I liked. I wasn't moved to care about what happened to any of them. The entire book was sloppy and somewhat disjointed - and not just because of the shifting narrators' perspectives. (Which I often enjoy.) I dont think any of it actually came together properly or cohesively even once... Nothing was even learned or expanded upon with the central idea of the entire story. Spooky technicolor extra dimensional monsters that feed off of human anguish behind a thin veil separating our perceived reality with the nightmare reality that they operate in? Ok but... Why? To what end? How can humans be expected to fight them? None of these questions were explored or answered beyond - They exist and think happy thoughts. Seriously? The young boy was the only character who was interesting but his story wasn't really expanded upon and I think the only interesting character should have had a bigger part in the story but hes almost just tossed in haphazardly. He seems to be a powerful psychic as was his father apparently - but it seems that anything that could actually be interesting was kept to a minimum in favor of uninteresting things - like the burgers at a local bar... yep... really. I kept reading, in hopes that there would be some epiphany or some new revelation that a character would have about how to defeat these beings... Something original and unique!... but it never happened. It was so utterly anticlimactic and lazy that the main character didn't leave us with any notion of closure or wisdom for all that he went through. He quite literally leaves a note saying I've decided to leave and he essentially disappears. Not only from the other characters but from the readers as well! Did he kill himself out in the woods? Hitch a ride out of town to the open road? Drown in the damned lake? I'm sure the writer meant for this to seem meaningful but I dont buy the masquerade, not after 500 pages... It was a lazy boring ending to a boring book. It had so much potential readily available but no follow through. It had uninteresting one dimensional characters that lacked value. It wasn't frightening. It wasn't terrifying. It was disappointing and it was a waste of time.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    They needed to get away, purge the ghosts of their pasts, even if for only a few weeks. Author Peter Martell and his wife, Sylvia need to heal, to re-capture what brought them together in the first place, what could be better than a cabin on an idyllic lake in the tiny town of GILCHRIST? What Peter and Sylvia discover are the things of nightmares, and coming to Gilchrist may not have been chance. Evil is alive and well in Christian Galacar’s GILCHRIST where an ancient and sinister monster lurks in They needed to get away, purge the ghosts of their pasts, even if for only a few weeks. Author Peter Martell and his wife, Sylvia need to heal, to re-capture what brought them together in the first place, what could be better than a cabin on an idyllic lake in the tiny town of GILCHRIST? What Peter and Sylvia discover are the things of nightmares, and coming to Gilchrist may not have been chance. Evil is alive and well in Christian Galacar’s GILCHRIST where an ancient and sinister monster lurks in the shadows and the town is helpless in its grasp. People will die, lives will be changed, and the mayhem will reign supreme. Lock your doors, (not that it will help), and settle in to be caught up in a web of horror and intrigue as Mr. Galacar weaves a spellbinding tale of darkness, pain and loss as evil wreaks havoc on the innocent and not-so-innocent, alike. Twisted, dark, magnetic! A horror lover’s perfect nightmare! Publication Date: October 17, 2017 Publisher: Christian Galacar Genre: Horror Print Length: 512 pages Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    "Nothing about a real vampire is elegant." An ancient darkness revels in its influence over a small town. There is no waiting for the action to begin; murder and mayhem are long term bedfellows of Gilchrist, the Derry of Massachusetts. This was everything I wanted out of Ghost Road Blues, and never got, with a dash of The Shining. Fast paced, satisfying, and dark. Occasionally too dark. I took off a star for the animal abuse. Yes, it draws a straight connection that people who hurt animals "Nothing about a real vampire is elegant." An ancient darkness revels in its influence over a small town. There is no waiting for the action to begin; murder and mayhem are long term bedfellows of Gilchrist, the Derry of Massachusetts. This was everything I wanted out of Ghost Road Blues, and never got, with a dash of The Shining. Fast paced, satisfying, and dark. Occasionally too dark. I took off a star for the animal abuse. Yes, it draws a straight connection that people who hurt animals hurt people too. It’s still painful and off putting for me to read. Small town horror story fans, this is your new gem. Four stars!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Latasha

    ** I received this audiobook in exchange for a honest review** WOW!!! this book is awesome! Kevin Clay narrated and did such a great job. the recording quality is perfect. i kinda went into this story blind. i had no idea where it was going or what was going to happen. you can definitely see where Mr. Galacar's influences come from but by no means is that a bad thing! The story is gets you in it's grasp then looms over you like a shadowy being feeding off your emotions. i don't want to give anyth ** I received this audiobook in exchange for a honest review** WOW!!! this book is awesome! Kevin Clay narrated and did such a great job. the recording quality is perfect. i kinda went into this story blind. i had no idea where it was going or what was going to happen. you can definitely see where Mr. Galacar's influences come from but by no means is that a bad thing! The story is gets you in it's grasp then looms over you like a shadowy being feeding off your emotions. i don't want to give anything away so just read or listen to this one! you won't be disappointed.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Newton

    It was okay. Started off pretty decently, but I thought the ending was rather anti-climactic. Nothing was ever really explained. The narrator (this was Audible) did a good job. There were moments, though, when he reminded me of the Army recruiter in the movie Signs--you know the one, right? He talked in a very staccato, yet sing-song voice. Just sometimes! :) I thought this review summed the book up very well! Hmmm's review It was okay. Started off pretty decently, but I thought the ending was rather anti-climactic. Nothing was ever really explained. The narrator (this was Audible) did a good job. There were moments, though, when he reminded me of the Army recruiter in the movie Signs--you know the one, right? He talked in a very staccato, yet sing-song voice. Just sometimes! :) I thought this review summed the book up very well! Hmmm's review

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary |

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for review consideration. Gilchrist was a hell of a novel. There's a fair bit happening from the beginning, but it has a 'slow-burn' feel to it. Those don't normally work well for me, and initially I had my doubts that I was going to like the book. However, the narrator, Kevin Clay, was excellent, and a good narrator can keep my attention even during a bad book. So I was able to hang in there until the scene. You know what I'm talking abo Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for review consideration. Gilchrist was a hell of a novel. There's a fair bit happening from the beginning, but it has a 'slow-burn' feel to it. Those don't normally work well for me, and initially I had my doubts that I was going to like the book. However, the narrator, Kevin Clay, was excellent, and a good narrator can keep my attention even during a bad book. So I was able to hang in there until the scene. You know what I'm talking about, right? That one scene that grabs your attention and makes you go "Yep, gotta finish it now."  It made my stomach roll, and I giggled in sheer disgusted delight. From then on, it was on. This is one of those books where the author throws you little bits of different threads one right after the other, and then starts pulling everything together. I feel like I spent the first half of the novel bouncing back and forth between "Well, that's sad" and "Jesus, that person is crazy."  Also a bit of "Aww, look at the ol--" and some "Would you just bloody get past this?!" too. (I interact with my books a bit more than is probably healthy.) I liked -or disliked as appropriate- the characters, though. Their dialogue and interactions were believable. I liked how the author handled the death of the couple's child. The acknowledgement of the pain, a couple that are trying to work through it, and all of that. It was well handled enough that I didn't particularly mind the times when the infant did pop up again. This is one of those rare times where the child's death felt like an integral part of the novel rather than just a cliche prop.  Gilchrist definitely loads on the atmosphere. It's a bit cheesy in parts at first, but as soon as the main characters enter the town, you feel the town like a weight on your chest. All gorgeous and stuff, but still just palpably wrong. Galacar's town of Gilchrist creeps me out more than King's Derry ever did. I didn't feel like I knew who - if anyone - was going to survive. And that ending? Perfect. A slow start, yeah, but a fantastic finish. Even if you don't normally like slow-burn novels, it's worth giving Gilchrist a try.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Phillip

    How is this getting above a three star rating? It is a carbon copy ripoff of better stories written by better horror authors. It's a little bit Derry Maine and a lotta bit The Shining, only it isn't scary. Like, at all. The Climax/ending was also pretty weak. SPOILERS BELOW: I couldn't help but think of Eddie Murphy's stand up about white people in movies knowing that evil was present but being too dumb/arrogant/confident to run from it. The main character knows his wife will die and decides to sta How is this getting above a three star rating? It is a carbon copy ripoff of better stories written by better horror authors. It's a little bit Derry Maine and a lotta bit The Shining, only it isn't scary. Like, at all. The Climax/ending was also pretty weak. SPOILERS BELOW: I couldn't help but think of Eddie Murphy's stand up about white people in movies knowing that evil was present but being too dumb/arrogant/confident to run from it. The main character knows his wife will die and decides to stay around just to see if it's true? Hmm... Sure, that can happen in a story, no problem, but it didn't serve a purpose or build character. It was just bad plotting.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Petra

    My original Gilchrist audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. It’s 1966 and Gilchrist, a small New England town, is captured by a series of bizarre and vicious events. Peter, an author, and his wife, Silvia, lost their young son a couple of years ago and have rented a house by the lake to give their marriage another chance. Peter had been drawn to the seemingly idyllic little town by strange dreams and memories that have been creeping up on him. The story unfolds at a l My original Gilchrist audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. It’s 1966 and Gilchrist, a small New England town, is captured by a series of bizarre and vicious events. Peter, an author, and his wife, Silvia, lost their young son a couple of years ago and have rented a house by the lake to give their marriage another chance. Peter had been drawn to the seemingly idyllic little town by strange dreams and memories that have been creeping up on him. The story unfolds at a leisurely pace as we get to know Peter and Silvia, and numerous local townsfolk are introduced. Still, a sense of foreboding keeps building as an evil darkness takes hold and people start to act upon it. Just as in Cicada Spring, the first novel I had listened to by Christian Galacar, the strength of this story lies in the very well developed characters. They are believable and the dialogue is good. The characters’ storylines and fates elicit emotions. At just under 17 hours, this was quite a long book. While it kept my attention throughout, it wasn’t as scary as I had hoped it would be. Also, although the ending was satisfactory, I felt it left a few things unsolved. I enjoyed the narration by Kevin Clay more in this than I did in Cicada Spring. With Mr. Clay’s clear pronunciation, it is very easy to follow the story, and this time differentiating between the characters wasn’t difficult. I still wish he would make more use of emotions, cadences and inflection. There were some really good opportunities here where the narration could have made the whole atmosphere more eerie, threatening, and/or suspenseful. But the reading tone is often too monotone to achieve this. But on the positive, I guess it’s an effective narration without being intrusive at all. There were no issues with the production of this audiobook. Recommended for anyone who enjoys old-time horror or eerie mysteries. Audiobook provided for review by the audiobookreviewer.com

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    Have you ever dropped in on a newly found, nondescript and tucked away restaurant and leave utterly pleased at your new discovery? That’s how I felt about this book. I was browsing books from a few authors on Amazon when up pops a recommendation for “Gilchrist”. Had never heard of the author at all so started reading some of the reviews. Premise sounded interesting so thought I’d give it a shot. It’s often hit or miss (usually more miss) with self-published authors, but happy to say this one hit Have you ever dropped in on a newly found, nondescript and tucked away restaurant and leave utterly pleased at your new discovery? That’s how I felt about this book. I was browsing books from a few authors on Amazon when up pops a recommendation for “Gilchrist”. Had never heard of the author at all so started reading some of the reviews. Premise sounded interesting so thought I’d give it a shot. It’s often hit or miss (usually more miss) with self-published authors, but happy to say this one hit the mark. Dude can write! Very Stephen King-esque in its delivery: strong story development with shades of the supernatural and strong characters that Galacar had me truly dislike or sympathize with. Always a treat going in with low expectations to then come out on the other end content.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    This is my first book by Christian Galacar and I listened to it thru Audible. First off, the reader Kevin Clay is amazing. The characters descriptions are very detailed and rich in expression. The scenes throughout the book are very descriptive and well written. Some reviewers stated that this had a slow beginning but I do not agree, it went well with the intro to the characters and foundation of the story. I do not like books or movies that gloss over the set up of there story. So far everythin This is my first book by Christian Galacar and I listened to it thru Audible. First off, the reader Kevin Clay is amazing. The characters descriptions are very detailed and rich in expression. The scenes throughout the book are very descriptive and well written. Some reviewers stated that this had a slow beginning but I do not agree, it went well with the intro to the characters and foundation of the story. I do not like books or movies that gloss over the set up of there story. So far everything is positive, then why the 3 stars? When I felt that the overall story was lacking. *SPOILER* Nothing is solved or learned. It's like the author had some good characters to write up and a decent start to a parallel universe but then didn't have the time and energy to follow thru. Also, it was non stop death and destruction - no pause for a hero to emerge. Kind of a let down. I guess I am a sucker for some sort of happy ending.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gail Behun

    Ever read a book with great characters and huge potential that goes...nowhere? That is how I felt at the end of Gilchrist. From a haunted town to a young boy with psychic powers, the set-up is well created. But the connection to the boy, his abilities and those of the main character are never built upon. In the end, it is a sad story about a sad couple and a tragic ending that may or may not be connected to the evil at the core of this novel. Points to the author for some really interesting ideas Ever read a book with great characters and huge potential that goes...nowhere? That is how I felt at the end of Gilchrist. From a haunted town to a young boy with psychic powers, the set-up is well created. But the connection to the boy, his abilities and those of the main character are never built upon. In the end, it is a sad story about a sad couple and a tragic ending that may or may not be connected to the evil at the core of this novel. Points to the author for some really interesting ideas. Next time, use those ideas to make the story more interesting instead of leaving them hanging...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    This is like the reading style Dean Koontz, who stole the plot of Needful Things, It and The Tommyknockers. Galacar starts well and then midway through steals a direct reference to a Stephen King character from It. While wrapping in three different King books and making it his own, it just makes this book awful and unoriginal. A shame, because this had so much potential...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆

    I gave this 21% and it never got any better. I wanted to give this up multiple times before then. I'm going to echo others when they said the biggest mystery here is how this got such high ratings. There was all this modern slang (outta, gotta, gunna) stuck in. Nothing was scary. 'The dark thing told me to do it!' basically. Bleh. The characters are all cardboard. He tries there but he fails. He's trying to imitate King but he fails in both the scare factor and (more importantly) the characters. I gave this 21% and it never got any better. I wanted to give this up multiple times before then. I'm going to echo others when they said the biggest mystery here is how this got such high ratings. There was all this modern slang (outta, gotta, gunna) stuck in. Nothing was scary. 'The dark thing told me to do it!' basically. Bleh. The characters are all cardboard. He tries there but he fails. He's trying to imitate King but he fails in both the scare factor and (more importantly) the characters. King can walk someone on and have them instantly there but this guy couldn't after having several scenes with them. Since this is like a Needful Things set-up, it really tanks the book. I tried. I really did.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Lafrance

    Decided to give this book a try after reading Rob’s review. I’m glad I did! Good story, fast paced and good suspense. A lot of things happen in this story, but the story is easy to follow. The ending is a bit flat, but I still enjoyed it!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jolie

    I like reading horror. My grandfather introduced me to Stephen King when I was 10-11 years old. I was an advanced reader and had run out of books to read while at my grandfather’s lake house. I guess I was annoying him because he shoved It in my hands, told me to read it and to leave him alone. My mother wasn’t thrilled but she allowed me to read more Stephen King novels. I have been a fan of reading them ever since. I am originally from the North Shore of MA. I grew up and lived there for 37 yea I like reading horror. My grandfather introduced me to Stephen King when I was 10-11 years old. I was an advanced reader and had run out of books to read while at my grandfather’s lake house. I guess I was annoying him because he shoved It in my hands, told me to read it and to leave him alone. My mother wasn’t thrilled but she allowed me to read more Stephen King novels. I have been a fan of reading them ever since. I am originally from the North Shore of MA. I grew up and lived there for 37 years, before moving to NC 3 years ago (yes, I gave you my age….lol). So when I read the blurb and saw that Gilchrist was set in a fictional town outside of Concord, I was interested. When I realized it was horror, my interest grew. I am glad that I decided to review this book. Gilchrist reminded me of a Stephen King book. Which is a good thing. Gilchrist had a slow beginning. The first few chapters were dedicated to learning about Peter, Sylvia and the tragedy that almost cost them their marriage. While some people might not like the slow beginning, I felt that it benefitted the book. I like it when the author takes the time to explain the backstory. Too often, I am left scratching my head when reading a book and things are mentioned but not explained until later in the book. I would rather everything be explained up front than to be left wondering. The book does pick up speed once Peter and Sylvia are in Gilchrist. New plotlines are introduced but are kept separate from each other until almost the end of the book. Again, that might not be someone’s cup of tea. And again, it was something I liked. I liked not knowing how these people would intersect during the book. That kept me reading the book. The sub-storylines added an extra depth to the book. The glimpse that was given to the town and the evil that crossed the barrier was chilling. I do wish that more description was given about the creatures stalking the town. I wouldn’t go as far to call them vampires but in a way they were. They fed off the violence and negativity that they created in the town. While Peter and Sylvia were the main focus of the book, there were a few other characters that the author focused on. The police chief, his daughter, and the bad boy are all pivotal characters in the book. Their storylines happened the same time the town started to go insane. That was the perfect backdrop for the events that involved all 3 of those people. The end of the book was explosive. No other words to describe it. There were no happy endings in this book either. While the storylines were resolved, they were not resolved happily. I do have questions about what exactly happened to Peter. I have my suspicions but I will be left wondering. I would give Gilchrist a rating of Adult. There is sex, language, and violence. Pros of Gilchrist: *Interesting plotlines *Characters that are fleshed out *Was able to hold my attention for the entire book Cons of Gilchrist: *Slow start to the book * The evil entity didn’t make a full appearance until the end of the book * Questions as to where the main character went at the end of the book This is a book that I would read again. I have a feeling that it will be better the second time around. I would also recommend it to family and friends but I would include a note that there is graphic violence and some scenes that could trigger. I would like to thank Christian Galacar for allowing me to read and review Gilchrist. All opinions stated in this review of Gilchrist are mine. **I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    I really enjoyed this book. There was a bigger feel to it than just the area the story resided. I really liked how it would move in one direction and then add a little twist. When he spoke with the author I felt I had a good grasp on the Who, What, When, Where, and How of the situation and then everything got turned on it's ear and there was more attention to be paid. I had high hopes for the ending that were dashed and then slightly fulfilled so I guess that was good. I know I am being vague, b I really enjoyed this book. There was a bigger feel to it than just the area the story resided. I really liked how it would move in one direction and then add a little twist. When he spoke with the author I felt I had a good grasp on the Who, What, When, Where, and How of the situation and then everything got turned on it's ear and there was more attention to be paid. I had high hopes for the ending that were dashed and then slightly fulfilled so I guess that was good. I know I am being vague, but I don't want to give anything away. To me, this had the feel of an early Stephen King novel. Christian Galacar did a great job of keeping the tale in the right time period to the point that I had to look at when this was published a few times. My only criticism of the story was that there were poignant aspects that were not fully fleshed out and seemed disjointed at times. Credit to the writing that everything came together well though. This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kay Oliver

    Love, love, LOVED this book! The writing is so Stephen King-esk it feels like he may have actually been behind this one. This story is haunting and consuming with excellent imagery and characters that pull you into the story. Great read!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    Gilchrist is a well-paced and downright fun read. At its finest, the story puts forth some of the creepiest and most bizarre images I’ve ever read. There’s some fantastic (and original) visuals delivered here that will definitely capture the reader’s attention and hold it firmly. I think Galacar did a fine job in conveying this mysterious and terrifying “dimension” that seemed to surround the small town of Gilchrist. As far as the main and supporting characters, I found them to be believable and Gilchrist is a well-paced and downright fun read. At its finest, the story puts forth some of the creepiest and most bizarre images I’ve ever read. There’s some fantastic (and original) visuals delivered here that will definitely capture the reader’s attention and hold it firmly. I think Galacar did a fine job in conveying this mysterious and terrifying “dimension” that seemed to surround the small town of Gilchrist. As far as the main and supporting characters, I found them to be believable and represented properly to that particular era of mid 1960s. Some reviewers have stated that there were simply too many characters in support, and that it was often times difficult to remember who was who. Well now . . . . given the length of the book, the book’s intention and its setting, I’d have to respectfully disagree with that. I’m not sure you could tap out such a tale without a decently sized supporting cast. By and large this is a well-written and interesting tale of a couple – who’ve recently lost a child, and their journey from one darkness into the depths of another. Sprinkle in a bit of small town color, a little mystery, a cup of macabre and you’ve got a story that’s more than worth investing in. I think fans of King and McCammon will definitely enjoy Gilchrist. I'll recommend it and hand it a solid 4.5 stars.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bobby

    Uncomfortable If you like to squirm this one's for you! So many uncomfortable moments, so much loss. Peter Martell is an author who has lost a son and decides to take himself and his wife to a small town and rent a lake cabin for a while in the small village of Gilchrist and make an attempt to accept their loss and move on. He soon finds out there is an evil presence that has been part of the village's history through the ages but the local population is oblivious to it and seems to believe this Uncomfortable If you like to squirm this one's for you! So many uncomfortable moments, so much loss. Peter Martell is an author who has lost a son and decides to take himself and his wife to a small town and rent a lake cabin for a while in the small village of Gilchrist and make an attempt to accept their loss and move on. He soon finds out there is an evil presence that has been part of the village's history through the ages but the local population is oblivious to it and seems to believe this is just some bad luck and karma. Peter's perspective comes from not being a local and sees the presence that the villagers have ignored. Reality and terror soon open everyone's eyes.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tabitha Payne

    Wow. I'm not big on writing reviews. I don't feel like I'm very good at it but this novel definitely deserves a few words. Christian Galacar is one heck of a writer. His descriptions are rich and vivid. His characters are complex and flawed. I truly enjoyed this dark, twisted tale of a town that has claws that sink in deep. Of a grieving writer, with a broken marriage who stumbles upon this little town he thinks might change his life completely, and it does.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Molnar

    Excellent Read I have been an avid Stephen King junkie for about 47 years. I saw the book face and without even reading the brief description I decided to buy it. Boy am I glad I did. Excellent read!! Nothing gory just spooky enough. Characters were descriptive, story line was good. Wished it could have continued.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

    32% DNF. This book is crap. Narrator is awesome. Well written but execution is BORING BORING BORNING. I thought this book was shelved as horror because it was scary, but now I realize that horror stands for HORRIBLE!!!! WASTE OF MY TIME AND MONEY!!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Billy Young

    This book was slightly spoiled by an inconsistency in the story-line towards the end of the book. This was unfortunate but not a major plot killer thankfully. If you love horror though you should like this.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alicia A.

    I liked this but it needed a little more character development on the periphery characters to differentiate them a little better. I did like the story but I never really got the sense of time. It was supposed to be in 1966 but it could have been anywhere that never had cellphones.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeanine

    Very good story, well written.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    Something is wrong in the small town of Gilchrist, Massachusetts. Very wrong. Something is lurking just beneath the surface of the quint little town facade. Its starting to break thru. Again.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ann M. Joslin

    Supernatural Lakeside Town Enjoyed the characters in this book about unnatural forces at play in a small lake town. The development of each player was deep enough for you to feel for him or her. There was an underlying element of sadness to the story as well. Hoping to see more of this genre from this author. Would not suggest reading it if you're at a Lakeside vacation rental, though, if you want to sleep well. Save it for another time!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Deb Randolph

    Powerful! Wow! I know my review will never be able to fully explain this story so I will just say, read it. This one is so well written that I was shocked to find I had read 500+ pages. The town of Gilchrist has a terrible supernatural presence hovering over it. The story behind it will keep you reading until the end. Again, this is one of the best books I've read in a long time.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sue Williams

    I loved this book. The author does a good job of giving details of the characters so the reader (at least me) feels that the characters are very lifelike. The story starts off with a bang. Then he leaves it at that and goes off on a different tangent. The story goes on to introduce the reader to Sylvia and Peter, a young couple that is trying to have a baby. They had had a young son that fell from a window and died but are, for an unknown reason, unable to have another child. Sylvia isn't coping I loved this book. The author does a good job of giving details of the characters so the reader (at least me) feels that the characters are very lifelike. The story starts off with a bang. Then he leaves it at that and goes off on a different tangent. The story goes on to introduce the reader to Sylvia and Peter, a young couple that is trying to have a baby. They had had a young son that fell from a window and died but are, for an unknown reason, unable to have another child. Sylvia isn't coping well and takes an overdose of her antianxiety medication. Peter recently rented a small cabin near a lake and, against medical advise, decides to go to the cabin with his wife for two weeks, sure that the little vacation will help Sylvia recover. From that point on the story starts building in horror and mystery, and a growing amount of tension for the reader. I stayed up until 4 a.m. to finish this book and highly recommend it to fans of fantasy, mystery, and thrillers. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kira FlowerChild

    I really wanted to give this book four stars (the highest rating I give any book that isn't a classic), but I couldn't quite bring myself to do it. Christian Galacar broke one of the cardinal rules of horror fiction: You don't create a Big Bad that doesn't have at least one exploitable weakness. Sure, some of the characters could see or sense the Big Bad but they couldn't fight it. The only thing they could do was refuse to give in to the negative emotions that fed it. That didn't weaken it, it I really wanted to give this book four stars (the highest rating I give any book that isn't a classic), but I couldn't quite bring myself to do it. Christian Galacar broke one of the cardinal rules of horror fiction: You don't create a Big Bad that doesn't have at least one exploitable weakness. Sure, some of the characters could see or sense the Big Bad but they couldn't fight it. The only thing they could do was refuse to give in to the negative emotions that fed it. That didn't weaken it, it merely kept them from falling victim to it. As other reviewers have noted. Galacar's style is a mixture of the styles of several prominent horror writers. Some people have said Dean Koontz; I felt it resembled the early Stephen King, before he started writing fat and bloated tomes. Obviously Galacar is experiencing a learning curve as a novelist. Hopefully at some point he will hit his peak. I actually enjoyed this book quite a bit, despite its flaws. I plan to read his previous novel, Cicada Spring, so I can compare it to this one.

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