4 out of 4 stars
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One of the most challenging things for humans is coming together to fight a common enemy. Humans will usually turn on each other whenever there is chaos. This anomaly is what Hell's Maelström by James Redmond tries to address.
The story revolves around three main characters — Bill, Kim, and Grace. Bill saves Kim from an attack by a creature that her fiancé turns into. Grace, a lone-ranger, escapes a psychiatric hospital. They are faced with an arduous task of surviving a world that some creatures are gaining control over. How will they survive? Can they defend themselves against these creatures, gangs, and robbers trying to kill them?
The author's attempt to conceal the identity of the creatures somewhat created suspense in the story. For a significant part of the read, I wasn't sure what those creatures were. Although I had my suspicions, I was anxiously waiting for the author to spill the beans. However, the author did an excellent job keeping me curious as to what those creatures could be. This book was a truckload of suspense and thrill.
The author's descriptive, yet suspenseful writing style was fascinating. When he eventually started giving clues about the creatures, here was how he went about it:
Notice that I put quotation marks after using the quote tag. I did this to explain how the author took advantage of the dialogues to describe these creatures. The gang members referred to them as spreaders, Grace, Kim, and Bill referred to them as slayers, and the narrator referred to them as 'the undead.' The reader would have to connect the dots piece by piece — nothing could be more thrilling."Did you see all those people in the distance? Down the street, walking slowly?" "They all had the same vacant eyes: unsettling and colorless. A hint of a faded iris and a pupil remained, but nothing more than an outline." "As he looked, the creature became more excited and began to snarl, releasing the inhuman sounds from its torn-out throat."
The character development in this book was top-notch. It was evident that the author thought hard before creating each character — they all had peculiar personalities. Grace was a cold-blooded killer who was molested at a tender age. Bill lost his family and would do anything to ensure that no one had to go through that ordeal. Kim was a college dropout. The different personalities of these characters came to bear in their struggle for survival. When the story climaxed, I knew what each character was capable of doing in any given situation.
I took this book on a dare — I didn't know what to expect. I had given up on horror stories because most of the storylines sucked, and it was challenging to find a good horror movie or book. It's impressive to see that this book was engaging and intriguing. I was rarely expecting to feel this way about it. Although this book was a relatively long read, I enjoyed every part of it. I disliked absolutely nothing about this book. The different writing techniques the author employed made the read worthwhile.
There are no errors in this book. Hence, it is professionally edited. Therefore, I give it the 4 out of 4 stars rating it deserves. I recommend it to adult readers who enjoy a good read with a spice of horror.
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