Remnants of the Damned
by Gavin Hetherinton
Series: Abyssal Sanctuary #1
Publication date: October 9th 2013
Source: eARC provided by author in
exchange for an honest review
Witness the Birth of Fear.
There has always been something wrong with the sinister and secluded town of Lakefield View. For one, people get murdered on the streets and nobody does anything about it. Even if they hear their screams curse the night skies, the number of saints has diminished. But it isn’t the sick and twisted residents of Lakefield View that are the ones who you should avoid… it’s the killers, the psychopaths, the witches and the monsters you should watch out for.
Five unsuspecting workers of a picturesque café get the shock of their lives when a family member is killed before their eyes. A chain of events ensue and they are all catapulted down a spiralling road of mystery and magic, each struggling to overcome constant obstacles that threaten their lives and the safety of their families. As the mystery progresses and the secrets get darker, the friends find it harder and harder to keep their heads above water.
The only thing worse than being alone in the dark, is finding out you’re not!
I’m completely torn as I think about rating this book. Remnants of the Damned was dark, twisted, and full of suspense the way good horror should be. The prologue is fast-paced and puts the reader right into the thick of things. Each chapter following is told from the perspective of each employee at the Pandora Cafe the night it happened. I found the design of this storyline extremely intriguing, and I was genuinely spooked several times, but the overlap in the individual stories became a bit too much and it felt repetitive after a while.
Parts of the story were entertaining in a way that it was so over-the-top you can’t help but be amused. The premise was really good and the author has potential, but there are certainly aspects of his writing style that need to be tweaked. However, I do plan to give this author another shot in the future because I was entertained by the story despite the flaws, and the cliffhanger makes it nearly impossible to resist the desire for more. I do hope to see some improvements in the next book, though.
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~About the Author~
Gavin Hetherington currently resides in the town of Gateshead in the United Kingdom. A literature fanatic of fantasy, Gavin began writing stories when he was young, mainly about witches and the supernatural.
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