4 out of 4 stars
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So, a demon hunter and a would-be crime blogger walk into a ghost town…
Abigail Dressler is no stranger to the demons that occasionally manage to infiltrate our world – or the dirty work required to send them back to where they belong. Haatim Arison, meanwhile, has only ever heard about demons in his theology courses. But as he chases a story for his blog, he suddenly finds himself a target for supernatural powers beyond his wildest imagination, and Abigail has no choice but to get involved. Together, they must keep each other safe and track down the otherworldly terror that lurks in Raven’s Peak. Will they be able to save the townsfolk from a hellish fate, or will their pasts and fears come back to haunt them?
Raven’s Peak is an enthralling horror novel with lovable characters and constant thrills. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars.
I couldn’t put this book down. The prologue alone was enough to grab my attention, and it just got better from there. The atmosphere is dark and creepy – which I loved – but there wasn’t any of the gratuitous gore that you usually find in the horror genre. Don’t get me wrong, there were definitely some bloody, shocking scenes, but they weren’t overdone and they weren’t the focus of the book.
Instead, the plot twists and turns with nonstop action and mystery. No lulls, no boring sections that I wanted to skip over – just a breakneck ride that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The writing itself was vivid and fast-paced. The author did an amazing job of building the dingy, gloomy setting of Raven’s Peak and upping the tension as Abigail and Haatim got closer to the lurking evil.
As for Abigail and Haatim themselves… I couldn’t help but fall in love with them. Abigail is a strong, sarcastic heroine with a dark past, and Haatim is a well-intentioned nerd who’s in way over his head but trying to do the right thing anyway. They were both relatable and full of life, and I’m really glad that Raven’s Peak is the first book in a series, because I’m not ready to let go of these two yet. I can’t wait to see what the next installment has in store for them.
All told, Raven’s Peak is a deliciously creepy action adventure with some exorcisms thrown in for good measure – rather reminiscent of the TV series Supernatural. If you’re very squeamish, this might not be the book for you, but I highly recommend it to lovers of paranormal horror. And now to dig into book two!
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