I went into This Cold Night by Erica Schaef blind, only really knowing that it was supposed to be a haunted house story. It was a lot of fun to read blind so I won’t give away any of the details of the book here. Instead, I will say that it was full of suspense. I read through it quickly to see what was going to happen next! The character development was great. I absolutely loved the primary characters, and even some of the supporting characters jumped off of the pages for me as I read. There’s also a fair amount of gore for those who love that in their horror stories – lots of blood. And the ending was a bit surprising to me.
I like to dig deeper in my reads for themes and hidden meanings. This novella contained the theme of family. Even family that isn’t blood relation can be a true family. It was sweet in that way. But don’t worry. Schaef doesn’t beat her reader over the head with the sweetness. It was very subtle.
I enjoyed this story and I really have nothing negative to say about it at all. I highly recommend it to all my horror loving friends. I’m giving This Cold Night five out of five haunting stars.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.