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The Watchers: A gripping debut horror novel Kindle Edition
A spine-chilling Irish horror adventure set in the remote and sinister forests of Ireland, from debut Irish author A.M. Shine.
'A dark, claustrophobic read' T. Kingfisher, author of Paladin's Grace
You can't see them. But they can see you.
This forest isn't charted on any map. Every car breaks down at its treeline. Mina's is no different. Left stranded, she is forced into the dark woodland only to find a woman shouting, urging Mina to run to a concrete bunker. As the door slams behind her, the building is besieged by screams.
Mina finds herself in a room with a wall of glass, and an electric light that activates at nightfall, when the Watchers come above ground. These creatures emerge to observe their captive humans and terrible things happen to anyone who doesn't reach the bunker in time.
Afraid and trapped among strangers, Mina is desperate for answers. Who are the Watchers and why are these creatures keeping them imprisoned, keen to watch their every move?
'Readers get an intimate glimpse into the fraying edges of each character's psyches, the constant hunger, the paranoia, the loss of hope, and far worse... A combination of supernatural and psychological horror, The Watchers will appeal to fans of Kealan Patrick Burke, Josh Malerman, and Scott Smith' A.E. Siraki, Booklist
"Intense and thrilling, The Watchers is a great debut and solid addition to the survival horror sub-genre. This would be perfect for fans of Bird Box and A Quiet Place! —Read by Dusk
"A genuinely frightening story with deep characters, truly evil 'monsters' and a vivid creepy dark setting." —The Untidy Bookshelf
"It’s not merely a suspenseful thriller – more of a slower paced story that might keep you up at night. It would not surprise me if this one will get nominated for all the awards next year. . . . A huge rec for all fans of horror and uncanny stories." —Libri Draconis
About the Author
- ASIN : B08TP9ZQY5
- Publisher : Head of Zeus -- an Aries Book (October 14, 2021)
- Publication date : October 14, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1957 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 281 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,998 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2022
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I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I thought the author's imaginative spin on a classic creature of folklore twisted into a demonic nightmare was fun and entertaining. It seems like a story right out of a Hellboy comic...only no half-demon superhero was coming to save the day. The book was a little wordy and the ending felt a little forced to leave you gasping on a cliffhanger but overall a masterfully crafted story. Definitely worth a read!
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The character of Mina is beautifully drawn, so you have to fall for her....Mina and the yellow one. What a character this golden creature is in his own right. A sort of exotic canary warning system.
I am rarely so overwhelmed with fear for the characters that I can barely read the words, but this book had me in its grip. If you don't read this, you will have wasted an opportunity. Writing as good as this is rare.
I am hoping that there will be a sequel, as I need more of this utterly brilliant writing. I would have given 10, but alas....my words cannot do it justice.
PS: One reviewer said, "it didn't work", as there were too many unexplained loose ends, like, "where did all the blankets come from?". Well, where did the concrete structure come from?! This is explained perfectly well towards the end of the book. I dont want to say how, as it would be a huge spoiler.
Anyway, as a debut novel, this writer has all the markings of a very bright star.
I almost said shiny!
It's so clever, fooling readers into thinking we know exactly what is happening and suddenly the twist hits when least unexpected, which throws the story onto a whole new level.
I haven't been so excited about discovering a new author for many years. If you like Stephen King and Adam Nevill, then this is the book for you.
I was so apprehensive about reading it as I was scared I was going to be scared. But it's more creepy than scary!
I read the book during my breaks at work, and today, I finished it. I was like OMG, OMG.
I loved how it was written; it's in 3rd person and from each character but mainly focuses on Mina.
I found my heart racing at times, and I just had to get to the next page.
The only downside I have is that I figured it out too soon, but I still enjoyed how it paved out, and I didn't guess that ending.