3 out of 4 stars
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Like many horror stories, Evil Entombed by Edwina Groat begins with a young couple who have just bought a house. Zoe and Garth think that they have found their perfect dream home in Long Island, but they have no idea what they’re in for. Soon weird things start to happen like snakes and spiders appearing out of nowhere, sudden feelings of coldness, a black ooze throughout the house. However, the strangest thing of all is the appearance of a wolf who seems to be guarding them against something evil.
Evil Entombed is a pretty short book, but one that uses its time well. It establishes an atmosphere of fear and unknowing. Just as Zoe and Garth begin to think that they have put all their problems behind them something new comes up that makes them question their sanity. You can see how their sense of safety begins to erode.
The two main characters use very different ways to understand what’s happening in their home. Zoe goes the religious and mystical way. Garth, on the other hand, takes a more levelheaded approach and tries to understand everything rationally. He initially dismisses Zoe’s ideas, but he soon must come to terms that there’s something going on that can’t be easily explained.
This is a book where horror and fantasy blends together. If you like stories with that kind of mix of genres then I think you’re going to like Evil Entombed. It delves into New England folklore and the time of the American Revolution. The book also has some strong Catholic themes.
However, it wasn’t just a horror story but a novel as well. It created well-rounded characters with unique personalities. They weren’t just paper dolls going through scary events, but people with lives and families outside of the house. That’s what I liked best about this book, that it created two people you could really empathize with
The one big flaw of Evil Entombed was how badly edited it was. There were a lot of grammatical and spelling errors as well as incorrect punctuation. Sometimes even the character’s names would be misspelled. Often I would come across what appears to be notes left by the author. All of that made the book seem very unprofessional.
If I were to rate Evil Entombed just on the story I would give it 4 stars since there’s nothing to really complain about. Unfortunately, the bad editing really brings the book down and I have to give it 3 out of 4 stars. That really makes me sad because I think there’s a lot of potential for more stories set in the world of Evil Entombed.
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