Book Review: Night Terror by Jeff Gunhus

October 1, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews 1

I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Night Terror by Jeff GunhusNight Terror by Jeff Gunhus
Series: Night Chill #2
Published by Seven Guns Press on October 1st 2014
Genres: Horror, Paranormal
Pages: 400
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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Sequel to the Amazon Bestseller Night Chill.

Ten years after her abduction and near-sacrifice to the Source, Sarah Tremont struggles to be a normal teenager. As much as she’s tried to suppress the power inside of her, it’s grown dangerously strong and has drawn the attention of those who want to possess her power for themselves.

The nightmare that she thought was long over starts again as powerful forces descend upon Prescott City to seek her out. With help from her parents and Joseph Lonetree, Sarah must stand up to an evil much more powerful than the one she faced in the caves a decade earlier. But in the end, she discovers the greatest danger might come from the power living inside of her.

My Thoughts

Absolutely loved the start of this! It jumps right in! Unlike normal I even read the foreword from Jeff Gunhus (I’m not sure why I don’t normally read these but I think I like to keep all ideas of the book for after I read the book so as to not give ANY spoilers) and Jeff had mentioned that this was a book that his wife would not read. I read the first so I know how gruesome Jeff’s mind can be but this intrigued me even more than normal. Maybe because I’m a bit crazy and I really like reading morbid stuff but it also left me really curious about what was going to happen to the characters from book one, Night Chill.

From the start Jeff was not kidding. This starts with a small chapter of a ten year old getting eaten, and still being alive to feel it all. This was so gruesome that I even read a portion of it to my hubby! What else are wives for, I mean really?! So as to share the horror and as I delighted in how this began he ran away to go watch football.. oh well!

Now of course a good book is not going to continue with that kind of horror through every page. What I enjoyed was that Jeff was able to keep the momentum although the horrific parts weren’t on such a prolific display. He was very tasteful in adding in bits and pieces of horror and gore and then also added in psychological horror. Let’s face it, us horror fans need a good mix of both and without the story and characters would just not feel right. Night Terror blends the two perfectly and adds in a little suspense as well, just for fun.

What I enjoyed most was the fact that I had not read Night Chill in nearly a year but there were a few reminders throughout this story but not so much so if I had read the first yesterday I would not have felt bogged down. The reiteration flows beautifully with the plot and actually adds to it.

Getting to know the characters again was the best part of this. I knew they were going to see some serious action and as the tempo ratcheted up I felt for them! I also felt like he did a great job of aging them as this is ten years into their future. I expected them to be a little different from what I remembered, and they were.

Sadly, my only critique was that although the pace was done quite well I did feel a little slowed from what I remember of book two. There were some portions that I just wasn’t sure about and wanted to get back to the nitty gritty!

In short: This was an amazing but very gruesome book! Definitely for horror lovers! Must read Night Chill prior to Night Terror or nothing will make sense.


Rating Report
3.5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
4.5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
4 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4.4 / 5



The Author

About Jeff Gunhus

In addition to writing supernatural thrillers for adults, Jeff Gunhus is also 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 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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