Blogging from A to Z – B for B.A. Paris

April 2, 2018 Blog 2

Reading Challenges: Book Blog Discussion

Can you post every day except Sundays during this month?  And to up the bar, can you blog thematically from A to Z?

       Most of the time if you subtract Sundays from April, you then have 26 days–one day for each letter of the alphabet.  When April 1st lands on a Sunday you begin on that day which will be the only Sunday you would post during that month’s challenge.

More info can be found at Blogging from A to Z and the full list of bloggers is here!

 

  • “A” post   —  April 1, 2018 (No fooling! 😁 )
  •  After Challenge Survey  —  May 3, 2018
  • Reflections  —  May 7, 2018

My A to Z Challenge:

Since I am a lover of all things horrorific, this is going to be an A to Z about the movies, books, shows, and all around horror moments in the entertaining world. What is horror today compared to yesterday? Why do I enjoy horror and what keeps me going back to the books that make me want to sleep with the light on. More and more and more on how horror was introduced and what makes it so darn fun to read and watch! And lastly, my idea on what I want to see in upcoming horror books and films.

Although I will be reviewing, please please, if you enjoy horror or anything like horror (dystopian, psychological thrillers, etc) join me and add your ideas on what you think about the horror genre!

B.A. Paris

Today I’m talking about authors. B.A. Paris to be exact. The first book that she published was Behind Closed Doors. I was lucky enough to get this from Netgalley, and I loved every single minute of it. It is intense, to say the least. Her second, The Breakdown, is similar in style as well. They are both suspenseful thrillers where someone has to outsmart someone else.

Why am I talking about B.A. Paris during my month long horror fest? The fact is, psychological thrillers can be one of the most horrifying things I have read. Recently I read a non-fiction book about serial killers and these books remind me of just how horrific those stories can be. Fortunately, for the reader and the victims, these books are a complete work of fiction, and as such, readers can be in the safety of their homes while reading. Hopefully in a comfortable spot, because her books will quickly create an uncomfortable feeling in the pit of your stomach that doesn’t end, even after the books do.

What I love about her writing is that it’s quirky but dark. While reading Behind Closed Doors, I wanted to read it all the way through as fast as I could just so I could get to the end. What I fervently hoped was going to be a somewhat happy ending for her characters. If not happy, at least not a dramatic upsetting end.

Her books deliver with every word. They are as fascinating as they are horrific. I am kept to my screen (Kindle reading) without wanting to blink my eyes so I don’t miss a word.

They remind me of the slasher films of the 80’s but without all the gore. ALL the build up is there, the suspense, the villainy, and the person that we want to survive. Maybe it’s not a sensationalized or a fantasy story, like Nightmare on Elm Street. These are based in the real world, and that makes these stories even more frightening.

So, B.A. Paris is in my horror fest because she is a master at psychological horror. The suspense in these books is as thrilling as some Stephen King novels, where you are cheering for the characters and hoping, desperately that the villain gets their comeuppance.

Her first book I read in early 2016 and I haven’t forgotten a thing about that plot or the characters. Same with the second. I was so thrilled to see she had another book that I immediately requested it on Netgalley. She has a third book coming out soon, Bring Me Back, and I cannot wait until St. Martin’s Press tells me that I’m approved to read and review that lovely thing!

When you read horror what are you looking for? Would you categorize some thrillers as horror?

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2 Responses to “Blogging from A to Z – B for B.A. Paris”

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Hope you snag a copy of Bring Me Back. I’ve yet to try this author but you make a convincing case to do so. I have always said that people make much scarier monsters than creatures. I definitely think there is a fine line between horror and thrillers and agree, many of them should be included as both!

    • Christina

      I am in love with this author. If that didn’t show. Reading Goodreads, though, there are a lot that weren’t as impressed with her second book. I can see why but at the same time, I think it’s easy to judge and I was very entertained, which is what matters. I did get Bring Me Back! Netgalley is my favorite thing. St. Martin’s Press has a lot of great psychological thrillers lately. Soooo happy! I’ll have to watch out for when/if you read. I’m curious what you will think!

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