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They Feed by Jason Parent

May 6, 2018 - 8:56 am No Comments

They Feed by Jason Parent
Published by Sinister Grin Press on 15th April 2018
256 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Tyler is an ex-con released after 6 years after “killing” a man. Dakota is the sister he wronged. Both wanting to draw a line under the past, they unbeknown to each other, go to the spot of that fatal day.
Jason Parent has a way of making you route for the underdog. Throughout the story, Tyler’s past is revealed and you find yourself drawn to him. Not much is known about Dakota at the start, she is just a figure that haunts Tyler, the girl with the piercing blue eyes, but as the story continues you find out that she is a very determined young woman who is fixated in getting her revenge.
The story starts with the original incident that puts Tyler in prison, jump forward 6 years and you find out what is in the park. As the story continues, you are introduced to a handful of characters, Charlie is Tyler’s parole officer, Karl and Abigail, a coupe who are hiking to save their marriage, Merwin the park ranger, Mark, Bo and Luc, 3 obnoxious frat boys and the poor boy they are hazing Frosh. Each character has their own tale to tell about the eventful day, but their stories are intertwined to make a story that you want to read to the end. The description of the creatures leave nothing to your imagination and some of the kills will make you cringe. Their attacks are non stop and you are willing the characters to survive, but like most stories that is not always the case.
From the start you are drawn into a story that is a blend of horror and a thriller and just like this author’s other work, the story is not clear cut so expect a few surprises. This story had a feel of a Shaun Hutson novel to it and I for one loved it.

What Hides Within blog tour

January 17, 2018 - 7:29 pm 1 Comment

I have been lucky to be involved on the blog tour of What Hides Within by Jason Parent. Here is my review of  the book that is not just about a spider

What Hides Within by Jason Parent
Published by Bloodshot Books 15th December 2017
352 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Clive was a regular Joe, Mr average, he had a 9-5 job, a friend with benefits and a strange roommate. However, after a canoe trip and an encounter with a spiderweb, he picked up a hitchhiker, who changed the person he was.
Reading about the change to Clive, showed what a boring life he had led. He became more confident and readdressed his life. He was not now the guy who people ignored when they walked past, although that could be because he was talking to the voice in his head.
With only a handful of characters, it gives you the chance to know them in depth. Each character had their quirkiness, Kevin and his love of Hannah Montana, Felix and his love of forgotten porn, Morgan and her love of Clive and Judith just wanted friends.
The story had 3 stories running concurrent, Clive’s and his relationship with Chester, a murdered young girl and a mad bomber. Sound confusing but it wasn’t, all the stories interlinked to make a gripping read. Having read other books by Jason Parent, I knew to expect twist and turns, he always has a knack of letting you think you know what is going to happen and then takes you by surprise with the outcome. Some of the one liners especially from Chester had me laughing out loud as she had a dry sense of humour. The humour helped break up some of the tragic scenes, especially when it involved young Victoria.
Whilst this is horror, it had a mystery/thriller feel to it and unless you do not like spider, you will enjoy this read.