Book Review: 7 Days In Hell

Hello World,

I hope you’re enjoying your Friday eve. Tonight is something of a break for me, and I can’t wait to relax and unwind with some much needed video games!

Speaking of fun, I just finished another read from my TBR. This time around I read 7 Days in Hell by Iseult Murphy.

Iseult has been a close friend of mine since joining WordPress, and this novel got buried in my Kindle somehow. Bad Jonny!

When I gave my TBR a reboot, I just had to give this horror book a go. Tis the season!


Nestled between counties Limerick and Cork in Southern Ireland, something evil lurks in the place of High Death.
When Vicky’s boss offers her a free vacation in a self-catering cottage over Halloween break, she jumps at the chance to spend quality time with her twin sister, Irene, and Irene’s miniature schnauzer, Ronnie.

The village of Basard may boast Ireland’s longest running Halloween celebration, and one of the country’s best preserved standing stone circles, but Vicky finds the place rather dead. What’s more, she can’t sleep for the nightly roars of a distant crowd.

Will the twins survive this Halloween vacation to wake the dead, when their 7 days in paradise turns into 7 Days in Hell?


The Review:

I gave this novel four stars!

This is my first read by Iseult Murphy, and I had a great time!

This book centers on two twin sisters going on vacation. Many people dream of the beach, but they get stuck with Basard, a small village with quiet folks and strange stone circles. Trying to make the best of their situation, they explore the town, but as odd things begin to happen, the sisters begin to worry that more is afoot. Can they figure it out, or should they just run for the hills?

I enjoyed many things about this book.

The characters were portrayed well. The twins especially felt real to me. Irene is intelligent, studious, and no-nonsense, while Vicky is more carefree and lackadaisical. I liked how they interacted with one another. Like all siblings they fought quite a bit, but in the end they had each other’s backs. That’s family, and it was very believable.

The plot had me from the get go. Weird vacation spot? Check. Peculiar townsfolk? Check check. Strange happenings? Check check check! I enjoyed the small town atmosphere of Basard. It had this underlying eeriness to it that kept me flipping through those pages. Is there something supernatural, paranormal, or is it all in the twins’ heads? Once things intensify, you won’t want to stop reading. There was a lot of great action in this book.

If I had to pick at anything, I would say that here and there the writing could got a little choppy or too long-winded, mainly towards the later half of the book. Still, that didn’t take away too much from my experience, and I ultimately thought this was a great read.

I’m excited to dive into the next book that comes out in October. I have a feeling some terrible stuff is about to happen!


That’s a Wrap!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading!

Have you read this book before? What did you think? Do you have a book recommendation similar to this one? Feel free to share in the comments!

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Have a great day!


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  1. We liked similar things about this book, except I thought the first half was more winded-then-choppy and the second half was smoother, as if Iseult had gotten into her writing rhythm by the second half. At any rate, I’m looking forward to 7 Weeks in Hell!

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