This & That – Two Creepy Psychological Thrillers

This & That – Two Creepy Psychological Thrillers

“This and That” is a feature to showcase books that I think sound similar or have similar themes and would recommend to someone who is a fan of the “this book.”  Often times, I may not have read the “that” book, but I think fans of the “this” book might like it based on the synopsis or others’ reviews.

About the Books:

Marrow by Tarryn Fisher (New Cover)MARROW by Tarryn Fisher

In the Bone there is a house.

In the house there is a girl.

In the girl there is a darkness.

Margo is not like other girls. She lives in a derelict neighborhood called the Bone, in a cursed house, with her cursed mother, who hasn’t spoken to her in over two years. She lives her days feeling invisible. It’s not until she develops a friendship with her wheelchair-bound neighbor, Judah Grant, that things begin to change. When a neighborhood girl, seven-year-old Neveah Anthony, goes missing, Judah sets out to help Margo uncover what happened to her.

What Margo finds changes her, and with a new perspective on life, she’s determined to find evil and punish it–targeting rapists and child molesters, one by one.

But hunting evil is dangerous, and Margo risks losing everything, including her own soul.

MARROW by Tarryn Fisher
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I'm Thinking of Ending Things Reid CoverI’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid

You will be scared. But you won’t know why…

I’m thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it stays. It sticks. It lingers. It’s always there. Always.

Jake once said, “Sometimes a thought is closer to truth, to reality, than an action. You can say anything, you can do anything, but you can’t fake a thought.”

And here’s what I’m thinking: I don’t want to be here.

In this deeply suspenseful and irresistibly unnerving debut novel, a man and his girlfriend are on their way to a secluded farm. When the two take an unexpected detour, she is left stranded in a deserted high school, wondering if there is any escape at all. What follows is a twisted unraveling that will haunt you long after the last page is turned.

In this smart, suspenseful, and intense literary thriller, debut novelist Iain Reid explores the depths of the human psyche, questioning consciousness, free will, the value of relationships, fear, and the limitations of solitude. Reminiscent of Jose Saramago’s early work, Michel Faber’s cult classic Under the Skin, and Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk about Kevin, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an edgy, haunting debut. Tense, gripping, and atmospheric, this novel pulls you in from the very first page…and never lets you go.

I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid
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Review will be posted soon! This book was a freaking trip!


The Why:

One of the things I really liked about Marrow by Tarryn Fisher was the way Fisher immediately set the tone in the opening paragraphs with Margo’s descriptions of the house “sag[ging] like old flesh” and how the house will devour you if you let it.

I felt the same way about Iain Reid’s upcoming novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things. This book was one of the most unsettling novels I have read. You feel this imminent sense of doom and dread, like something terrible is going to happen. The author set an ominous tone from the beginning, one that only increased as I kept reading. I’m Thinking of Ending Things will not be a book that is suited for everyone. It’s bizarre and very strange but I was riveted until the end.

The writing style of these two books were similar. Fisher and Reid do not spoon feed readers the story or the characters, which is something I appreciate.  As I reader, I like being able to think for myself and draw my own conclusions.

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Book Review – Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Book Review – Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Book Review – Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare BlakeAnna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Series: Anna Dressed in Blood #1
Published by Tor Teen
Publication date: August 30, 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 387
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas's life.

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Anna Dressed in Blood has a spooky charm that pulled me in. Cas’s dark and witty voice combined with Anna’s general badassery made this book such a blast to read from start to finish. Though, I wasn’t really sold on the romance part of the story.

Cas hunts and kills ghosts. After his father was killed years ago, Cas takes over the reins. Essentially taking house calls, Cas travels around the world with his Wiccan mother, his ghost-sensing cat, and his trusty knife ridding the world of dangerous ghouls, specters, and the paranormal the causes harm to humans. All of his training and studying have led him to this moment, his toughest job of all—Anna Kolov. Anna is a murdered girl, eternally frozen at sixteen who now haunts the boarding house she lived in. She kills every person who dares to step foot in the house. That is, until Cas.

The book is pure fun, almost quirky. The descriptions of the old houses, the gruesome scenes, and hints of voodoo and witchcraft really made this book come to life. It was dark and beautiful. I could almost smell the smokiness; feel the damp, rotting boards; and see Anna’s inky black tendrils whipping through the air so vividly. This book was so well-written.

From the first few lines of the book, I knew I was going to enjoy being inside Cas’s head. His voice was distinct and a breath of fresh air. I started reading and immediately went, “Bam! Okay, I know who he is.” He has this dry, dark—almost morose—sense of humor and a unyielding desire to avenge his father’s death. He’s sort of a loner and prefers to work alone, often only befriending people out of convenience. I loved that when he moved to Ontario his plans of using people like he normally does backfires and he begrudgingly starts making friends. He didn’t want to actually like the most popular girl in school and quiet telepathic guy.

Anna was also an interesting and unique character. The urban legends about her are true—she has been murdering people for fifty years. But is she truly evil? I liked her own internal struggle between being the girl she was before she died and succumbing to this unknown darkness that now lives inside of her.

What didn’t work for me was the romance that the author tried to inject in the story. I think it could have worked more for me if we were given more development, more time with Anna and Cas. While it didn’t feel insta-love-y (I hate that term), it did come across as rushed, perhaps because so much else was going on outside of that subplot. I didn’t really feel the depth of love that I think I was supposed to feel.

I would totally recommend this book to lovers of young adult paranormal reads, especially if you’re looking for one on the “lighter” side with a hint of gore. Read it!

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake