By: Christopher Graves
Genre: horror/psychological thriller
Publication date: April 5, 2018
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
As a direct descendant of the 19th century vigilante gang, the Bald Knobbers, Ezekiel Woods, Jr. has been indoctrinated into a world ruled by violence and a literal interpretation of the bible his entire life. Now, over a hundred years later, Zeke continues his ancestors’ crusade, spending his days camouflaged as an aloof middle-aged grocery store sacker and his nights in a farmhouse cellar, preparing captives’ souls for their ultimate destiny: redemption or death. His latest abductee, an indomitable Texan working her way through a third-life crisis, chooses another option: escape. Zeke must recapture this lost sheep or face a consequence far worse than any worldly fate: that God has forsaken him.
My spoiler-free review:
I read my first horror book!! And wow… horror definitely isn’t my genre.
Smith Publicity sent me a copy of Sinner by Christopher Graves to read and review – thanks to them! Everything in this review is my honest opinion. Even though I’m not a huge fan of horror books or being scared to read a book at night, that doesn’t mean this book was bad or anything. It was just very outside my comfort zone of book genres. But, I’m rating this book 3.5/5 stars!
I did enjoy this book, and I’m going to write this review objectively. If you don’t like horror though, you probably shouldn’t read this. Just a heads up! 😉 But the author did a great job with the whole horror thing, because I was definitely a little freaked out.
The writing immediately caught me. It was very professional, and I found almost no grammatical errors or anything that the editor in me would change (not that I’m an expert or anything). The author has a very unique voice, but I loved that aspect! I could picture everything going on so clearly, because the writing was very realistic.
The plot was so intriguing. Did you read that synopsis? You have to have an insane imagination to be able to come up with something like this. That’s a compliment… I think. The whole thing with the guy who’s kidnapping all these single women, because he thinks they’re a disgrace and, well… sinners. It scared me a little if I’m being honest, but I totally respect the author and his creative process. Then, one of the women that he takes captive escapes.
The entire way the story was set up was so intriguing. That prologue had me caught and completely interested in where the story was going.
Zeke was such an interesting main character. Everything he did and his motives behind them were pretty messed up. But he was such a round character, and his character development was written very well. His twisted mindset and actions were something else that freaked me out about this book. It was so unique, though, and originality is one of the best compliments a book can be given.
So, 3.5/5 stars for Sinner by Christopher Graves! Sorry for the shorter review – I just feel like I don’t have the authority to review a horror/thriller book in debt, but these are my honest opinions!
A lot of that 1.5 stars missing from the rating are the fact that this just isn’t my kind of book. But, that shouldn’t stop you from reading this book! I can honestly say it’s one of the most interesting and different books I’ve read in a while.
I hope you enjoyed my bookish babblings! I have another review coming right after this one, so keep an eye out for that!
Christopher Graves is an actor, filmmaker, and award-winning screenwriter. His performance credits include Sneaky Pete, Divorce, The Blacklist, Shades of Blue, Nurse Jackie, as well as many network on-camera and voice-over commercials for national brands. He is the creator and writer of the comedic web series, With Friends Like These and the feature-length screenplay, Sinner, which was named Best Psychological Thriller Script by the New Hope International Film Festival. Graves lives in Manhattan with his wife and two judgemental Siberian cats. His website: http://www.christophergraveswrites.com/
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