Narrator: Kevin Clay
Published by Self Published / Indie on 2 March 2018
Length: 16 hours 59 minutes
Genres: Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Suspense
Source: Author, Submitted
"If you like Stephen King or Dean Koontz you will like this story." (Sunny DuPree)
Bag of Bones meets Stranger Things....
Gilchrist is as beautiful as it is terrifying - a novel of mounting suspense, with an unsettlingly human heart at its core...black as it may be.
Two years after losing their infant son to a tragic accident, Peter Martell, a novelist with a peculiar knack for finding lost things, and his wife, Sylvia, are devastated to learn they may no longer be able to have children. In need of a fresh start, and compelled by strange dreams, the couple decide to rent a lake house in the idyllic town of Gilchrist, Massachusetts, a place where bad things might just happen for a reason. As bizarre events begin to unfold around them - a chance encounter with a gifted six-year-old boy, a series of violent deaths, and repeated sightings of a strange creature with a terrifying nature - Peter and Sylvia are drawn into the chaos and soon discover that coming to Gilchrist may not have been their decision at all.
Set against a small New England town in the summer of 1966, Gilchrist is a sinister tale about the haunting origins of violence, evil, and the undying power of memory.
©2017 Christian Galacar (P)2018 Christian Galacar
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It’s 1966 and Gilchrist, a small New England town, is captured by a series of bizarre and vicious events.
Peter, an author, and his wife, Silvia, lost their young son a couple of years ago and have rented a house by the lake to give their marriage another chance. Peter had been drawn to the seemingly idyllic, little town by strange dreams and memories that have been creeping up on him.
The story unfolds at a leisurely pace as we get to know Peter and Silvia and numerous local townsfolk are introduced. Still, a sense of foreboding keeps building as an evil darkness takes hold and people start to act upon it.
Just as in Cicada Spring, the first novel I had listened to by Christian Galacar, the strength of this story lies in the very well developed characters. They are believable and the dialogue is good. The characters’ storylines and fates elicit emotions. At just under 17 hours, this was quite a long book. While it kept my attention throughout, it wasn’t as scary as I had hoped it would be. Also, although the ending was satisfactory, I felt it left a few things unsolved.
I enjoyed the narration by Kevin Clay more in this than I did in Cicada Spring. With Mr. Clay’s clear pronunciation, it is very easy to follow the story, and this time differentiating between the characters wasn’t difficult. I still wish he would make more use of emotions, cadences and inflection. There were some really good opportunities here where the narration could have made the whole atmosphere more eerie, threatening, and/or suspenseful. But the reading tone is often too monotone to achieve this. But on the positive, I guess it’s an effective narration without being intrusive at all.
There were no issues with the production of this audiobook.
Recommended for anyone who enjoys old-time horror or eerie mysteries.
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