4 out of 4 stars
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Watering Hole, a small, nondescript town in America, is home to a top-secret research center heavily guarded by the army. However, you wouldn't know that, as the facility looks like a general store, gas station, and a tiny community of simple houses. Everything seemed to be going as planned until an earthquake hit the facility. And it happened just as the scientists were about to test the neuron-gas they developed.
Newly appointed as the head of the facility's security is Capt. Martin Phillips. He and other soldiers try to rescue the people trapped in the rubble. Will they succeed? Down the ruins, terror is brewing, and it is something the army has never seen. Can anyone survive what's coming? Read Humacabra: The Curse of Watering Hole by Dianna Alvey to find out.
Even though I expected some nerve-wracking narrations in this book, considering its title, I must say that I wasn't ready for the twists in it. The author's use of the third-person point of view made the narrations even more exciting because I knew things that the characters were oblivious to but couldn't warn them of imminent danger. But the turn of the story from a tale about some covert research into something entirely different is my favorite aspect of the novel. I especially loved how I couldn't predict the events after the earthquake.
Furthermore, I appreciate the author's graphic descriptions. She described the surroundings and characters so well that it was easy for me to visualize her narrations. I also loved the believable dialogues throughout the book and enjoyed the author's use of terms in military communications like 'Roger that,' 'We are at your six,' and 'Over and out.'
While I loved the author's suspenseful writing style, I didn't enjoy how she, sometimes, gave clues to what was about to happen next. For example, sentences like 'Little did they know that this would be their last feast' diluted the element of surprise in some parts of the narrations. Nevertheless, I know some readers appreciate such; hence, I would hold no grudge.
In conclusion, I am rating this book four out of four stars because the issue I noted above is negligible, in my opinion. The characters are unique, and I like that there were backstories for a few. I had a good time reading the book, even though I'd prefer a more conclusive end to the story. The editing also seems professionally done regardless of some errors in the book. So I believe it deserves the rating it got. I highly recommend this novel to lovers of horror stories, especially those who don't mind reading about gruesome killings in books.
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