These past few months have been intense, and have left me little time or opportunity to sit at this computer and drum up a post for this here blog of mine. My family and I have been wrapping up our lives in Seattle and wading through the sticky mess that is a cross-country move. We are relocating to North Carolina, but are currently traveling around the west coast visiting friends and family and soaking up as much of their love as we can before we begin the next chapter of our lives.
Speaking of chapters…
Through all this traveling around, I have managed to read some great horror novels that deserve some attention. There is an underlying theme of transit and/or displacement in all these books, which probably made them especially immersive for me. Thus the title of this post: Traveling Horror Novels.
The Girl With All The Gifts was quite incredible. It managed to pull you into the little, passionate soul of the main character before revealing her tragic situation. Do you enjoy survival horror but are sick of the same old tropes? Try this one. I highly recommend that you do not read any spoilers of this book beforehand. Just read it.
The Girl on the Train had an intimacy in its writing that pulled me into the main character immediately. The story definitely borrows a bit from Hitchcock’s Rear Window, but within a suffocating sphere of depression, alcoholism, loneliness and desperation, this voyeuristic murder mystery definitely stands on its own.
If you are looking for something a bit lighter, faster, even a bit manlier…pick up The Wayward Pines trilogy. I had a lot of fun reading these books; I finished them obscenely fast. They are available as Kindle Unlimited titles if you have that option, or you can get the whole series for six bucks. I was delighted by the town’s hidden workings, and found the sci-fi elements of the plot pretty damn fascinating. The books stayed consistent throughout the series, and the last one left me wanting more. I even had to delve a bit into some Kindle Worlds fan fiction on this one to get my fix. Addictive story line.