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Book Review: “Still Water” by Justin R. Macumber

August 4, 2016

Hello ladies and gentlemen.  Welcome to the Casa!

I’m going to be attempting a new schedule and format for the blog.  While I cannot guarantee how well it will work, I will still be making a strong try to become a more regular host while also expanding what I share with you fans.  What I’m hoping to do is to write a post weekly with a review of work in different mediums.  One week it will be a review of books I’ve read, the next week will be a Podiobook or audio book, followed up by a movie, and then a status report on the various projects I am working on, and news in general.  Occasionally, there may even be a short story waiting for you all.  My hope is to build a routine once again, one that will only be interrupted when my child is born within the next two months.  With any luck, this will become a habit that will be hard to break.  This week, as promised, I want to share a review of “Still Water”, written by Justin R. Macumber.

Kyle, the proverbial “prodigal son”, returns to the small mining town of Stillwater, WV, after leaving six years prior.   The reason for the return is a strange message from his sister that says, “PLEASE COME HOME. IM SCARED”.  She is the one and only reason he returned to the town whose mine shafts took the lives of many – physically, mentally, and emotionally.  He wasn’t prepared for what his family and the town became in his absence.

Maya is a paranormal investigator with the ability to hear and see things most others were unable to.  Her latest case is researching and investigating the town of Stillwater, WV.  From the moment she first sees the town, she knows that something isn’t right about it.  As she investigates further, she realizes just how wrong she is.  An ancient evil is awake, and Stillwater is just the beginning.

This story was a really good thrill ride with a lot of twists and turns, much like the mine cart roller coasters you see in the movies.  You start out on a fairly level spot, knowing something bad is going on, and as the story progresses, it just takes you deeper and deeper.  There is definitely an H.P. Lovecraft feel about the story, and nothing about it felt out-of-place, forced, or unnatural (in a story writer’s way).  There was a good flow about it, and you genuinely feel concern for the characters and whether they will make it out of their predicaments.  I recommend this book to anyone who likes the elder god stories of Lovecraft and his ilk, as well as for fans of Dean R. Koontz.  The only real fault I give the book is the early death of a character who I felt might have given us a slightly different view of Maya.  I rate it 4 out of 5.

Now, it is time for me to finish preparing for the day job and start planning the next Nightmare Fuel piece for HorrorAddicts.net.  Until next time, loyal patrons…

D.J. Pitsiladis

 

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