I’m not good at writing reviews for books that I sincerely love without sounding like a raving fangirl. I’m going to attempt to be more professional and downplay my awe for Stitchface and Dr. Stuart Knott in the following paragraphs. Wish me luck!
I was introduced to the works of indie author, Dr. Stuart Knott, from a post of a mutual friend on Instagram. On Dr. Knott’s feed, I happened upon a reel of him reading from one of his books, Cat’s Eye. I was intrigued by what I heard. It was good! So I went and picked up the book and a few others. But you know how the life of a bookworm goes: so many books, so little time. They sat on the backburner while I read through ARCs, buddy reads, books checked out from the library that had to go back in a few days …
Today he announced that his latest release, Stitchface, was out TODAY. I ran right over (Sorry, DrK – I know I promised I wouldn’t run, but I couldn’t help myself) to Amazon to get a copy. Guys – it’s free on Kindle Unlimited!! Or if you are inclined to spend a very well spent dollar, it’s only 99 cents (U.S.).
Channelling my inner zen. I started to fangirl there. Ok. I’m back.
The story starts a bit tame. We get to know the main character, Jenny Carpenter, and her horrific past. She is a Final Girl. She’s been through some trauma and has been spending her entire adult life trying to get over it. Meanwhile, her husband is trying to convince her to let their adorable little girl go trick-or-treating (did I mention, this all takes place at Halloween?). And to amp up the panic vibes, Jenny gets a disturbing call …
The scene is set! And suddenly all the gore bursts from the pages! Fans of gory horror – this is for you! Fans of throwback slasher novels – this is for you! Fans of good writing – this is for you! The dialogue is great, the character building is spot on, the suspense built until I thought I couldn’t stand it anymore. Sorry, I’ve slipped into fangirl mode once again but I can’t help myself. This book!!!
I read this all in a morning. It’s a great novella. I give it all the throwback slasher stars possible! 5 out of 5.
One sentence is enough for a review.
This was an enjoyable read. I loved the flow of the words.
Or Great characters. I was lost in the moment, I couldn’t put it down.
You don’t need to write an essay or give the plot away when writing a review.
I try to never give the plot away in my reviews. I’d hate to ever ruin someone’s enjoyment of a book that way. The “essay” bit is a little more difficult for me to avoid. I think and feel so much about what I read, I feel the need to let it all out. 🙂 Thanks for your comment!
As always, your reviews are filled with joy and exuberance! You really make me feel as if you’re in the room, talking to me and recounting why you love the story so much!
I have picked up, read, and loved so many books thanks to your reviews. (My TBR doesn’t thank you, but I certainly do!)
As a huge fan of the slasher sub genre, I’m thrilled to know that this doesn’t disappoint at all!
Thank you for leaving reviews, it really helps readers find the next golden nugget. And on top of that, it makes it rain glitter (sustainably soured of course) on an authors day! 🙂
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❤ Thank you so much for your kind words! This was really uplifting and motivation for me to continue the good fight for the indie authors I’m discovering and loving along the way. Many apologies to your poor TBR …
Thank you so much for the amazing review. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story
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