Book Review: Gone But Not Forgotten
Greetings Ghosts and Ghouls,
Halloween‘s just a few days away, can you believe it? Me neither, I don’t want it to end! I’m definitely going to start festivities early September next year, but I will keep reading spooky reads into November before getting back to the Replica series (I didn’t forget, promise!).
That being said, it’s book review time again!
This time I read Gone But Not Forgotten by Iseult Murphy.
Being close friends with the author (we love doing buddy reads together, check it out!), I was surprised to hear of this book’s recent release on Iseult’s blog, and once I did I have to get my grubby mitts on it. I’ve been super impressed with her horror works to date, so I had high expectations and hopes.
Alright, on to the book review!
When Mere agrees to keep Bill company on the first anniversary of his wife’s death, Bill thinks he might get through Halloween in one piece after all. Except Bill’s wife is back, and she’s not happy to find him with another woman.
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What a fun, frightening novella!
In this story we follow a man Bill and his neighbor Mere. Mere stops by for Bill’s assistance in booking a flight for a big vacation, but when a strange series of spooky happenings occur, she is thrust into a dangerous and perplexing situation.
So most of all, I loved the ambience of this story. It just screamed of fall and Halloween, from the firepit and wood burning to the chill wind and falling leaves. I was living for it.
The main characters were interesting. Mere was a bit simple due to her lucky circumstances in life, but she was kind and generous, which really had me rooting for her the entire time. Bill was more complex and something of an enigma. I enjoyed figuring him out.
I also enjoyed the plot. This was an intriguing mix of horror, thrills, mystery, and the paranormal, and it really worked. The pace was fast, which is my preference, and the writing flowed really well. If I had to nag at anything I would say we could draw out the scares and resolution for maximum terror, especially with the paranormal events. But overall this is a super solid read, perfect for anyone wanting to get into the spirit of the spooky season.
Don’t pass this one up!
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!