Mini-Review: White Knuckle, Island of the Forbidden, Doppelganger


Time for some mini-reviews! What are mini-reviews, you ask? As the title suggests, these are short reviews, consisting of one paragraph tops, about a book. It’s a way to catch up on the books I’ve read a while ago, but never got around to reviewing.

White Knuckle

Tite: White Knuckle

Author: Eric Red

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

There’s a killer on the road…He’s a big rig truck driver who goes by the CB handle White Knuckle, and he’s Jack the Ripper on eighteen wheels. For thirty years he has murdered hundreds of women inunimaginable ways, imprisoning them in a secret compartment in his truck, abductingthem in one state and dumping their dead bodies across the country.Dedicated FBI agent Sharon Ormsby is on a mission to hunt down and stop WhiteKnuckle. She goes undercover as a truck driver with a helpful long hauler named Rudy ina cross-country pursuit that will ultimately bring her face-to-face with White Knuckle in apedal-to-the-metal, high-octane climax on a highway to Hell.

Review: I’d classify this book more as a thriller than a horror book. It’s an interesting book, with an unique main character. The author crafts a serial killer well, and gives him an actual personality. He’s more than stereotypes. Despite that, the book is a little predictable, though. The pacing wasn’t always fast enough, but overall it was an enjoyable book about a serial killer and the FBI agent desperate to hunt him down.

Island of the Forbidden

Title: Island of the Forbidden

Author: Hunter Shea

Genre: Horror

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Sometimes, the dead are best left in peace.

Jessica Backman has been called to help a strange family living on a haunted island in Charleston Harbor. Ormsby Island was the site of a brutal massacre two decades ago, and now the mysterious Harper family needs someone to exorcise the ghosts that still call it home. The phantoms of over one hundred children cannot rest.
But something far more insidious is living on the island. When the living and the dead guard their true intentions, how can Jessica discover just what sort of evil lurks on Ormsby Island? And why is Jessica the only one who can plumb its dark depths?

Review: This book is pretty amazing. It’s scary, horrifying, and atmospheric. Jessica Backman leaves to help a strange family on a haunted island. The island was once the site of a brutal massacre, where over one hundred kids died. Perhaps the book isn’t the most original in terms of what’s haunting the island, but then it takes a strange twist or two and before you know it, you’re facing a whole new kind of evil. The writing is great, the characters are amazing, and it’s seriously one of the most enjoyable horror books I’ve ever read.


Title: Doppelgänger

Author: Sean Munger

Genre: Horror, Supernatural Horror

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

The house of madness!

Transplanted from her native Sweden to the drawing rooms and gas-lit parlors of Gilded Age New York, Anine Atherton will want for nothing in the lavish row house her rich new husband bought for her. But Anine’s house doesn’t seem to like people. The caretaker hangs himself in the entryway. The maid drops dead her first day on the job. Anine herself is becoming anxious and terrified, and not just because of the ghostly laughter she hears in the middle of the night. Her gentle, charming husband is slowly turning into a domineering brute. And whatever shadowy entity lives in her house, it can read Anine’s mind and use her darkest secrets against her. The last woman to live in the house went insane. Will Anine be next in line?

Review: I wanted to like Doppelgänger but I felt disconnected from the characters. The story has a good premise, it’s atmospheric, the house is a scary enough, but none of the characters really connected with me. I couldn’t like the characters, so I didn’t feel much for them.

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