Hampton Creek. (Shadow Cove Saga, Bk. 1). 2014. 390p. ebk. ISBN N/A. HORROR
Horror author Thad McAlister thought he was only writing the terror he imagined. Having found inspiration in the Salem witch trials, his latest book, Rise of the Witch, came to him easily. Still, Thad can't quite shake the dread that edges his senses when he thinks about the history responsible for his stroke of literary genius—in particular, the journal that started it all. Meanwhile, his pregnant wife, Rachael, is haunted by the same diary and involved in a mysterious deal. The voice in her dreams tells her that she has three days before payment—Rachael's child—is due. There's more fact than fiction to this story, and Thad's words have unleashed a terrible evil hell bent on destroying the McAlister family.
VERDICT Barker knows how to evoke chilling imagery and will have readers anxiously looking over their shoulders with each terrifying "clickity, click, click." [See "Witching Hour: Haunting SELF-e Reads,"]
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