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Omg omg this book scared me completely and brought the goosebumps out. I reacted viscerally and to top it all, I read the book bang on the bewitching hour, the midnight.

Ben’s daughter was kidnapped by an ancient evil residing in the island off California coast The Sorrows. He had barely survived the evil in book 1 and his life had just come back to some kind of normal when he was struck by the beast again. He went back to the Sorrows with a group of characters, and things turned ugly.

Jonathan Janz is the master of horror, and this book made me feel everything the book intended, excitement, fear, anger, desperation, helplessness. This was book 2 in the Sorrows series, but I didn’t have a problem understanding the story. Book 1 was explained quite well in its scenes without really giving away the twists.

I loved the way Janz had set the atmosphere in the story. The Castle and the entire island exponentially increased the fears and inner evil of everyone who stepped in it. Every negative deed or thought became alive with no route to escape. It was literally a place which breathed malice

The initial chapters felt a little disjointed till the connected them beautifully. The action was non stop, I got to know the characters via their deeds both past and present. The excitement filled with dread rose so high in me that I literally wanted to push Ben and his child off the island.

This was one rocking ride from beginning to end, my midnight read, and now I plan to sleep with the lights on.

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher Flame Tree Press, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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Jonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, which explains everything. Brian Keene named his debut novel The Sorrows “the best horror novel of 2012.” The Library Journal deemed his follow-up, House of Skin, “reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub’s Ghost Story” Since then Jonathan’s work has been lauded by writers like Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, Tim Waggoner, Bryan Smith, and Ronald Kelly. Novels like The Nightmare Girl, Wolf Land, Savage Species, and Dust Devils prompted Thunderstorm Books to sign Jonathan to an eleven-book deal and to give him his own imprint, Jonathan Janz’s Shadow Side. His novel Children of the Dark received a starred review in Booklist and was chosen by their board as one of the Top Ten Horror Books of the Year (August 2015-September 2016). Children of the Dark will soon be translated into German and has been championed by the Library Journal, the School Library Journal, and Cemetery Dance. In early 2017, his novel Exorcist Falls was released to critical acclaim. Jonathan’s primary interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children, and though he realizes that every author’s wife and children are wonderful and amazing, in this case the cliche happens to be true.



A year ago composer Ben Shadeland traveled to the Sorrows, a reportedly haunted island off the California coast, to find inspiration for a horror movie music score. Instead, he found madness, murder, and an ancient evil. His family barely survived the nightmare, and Ben swore he’d never return to the island or its accursed castle.

Now Ben’s infant daughter has been kidnapped and Ben is convinced that the malevolent creature that lives in the catacombs beneath Castle Blackwood is responsible. Ben joins three federal agents, a sultry medium, and others in an attempt to save his daughter. But what awaits them is far worse than they ever imagined. The creature – an ancient god named Gabriel – has grown more powerful than ever. It has summoned unspeakable monsters to the island – both human and supernatural. And Gabriel won’t rest until he has his revenge.

Publication Date: 25th July 2019

Publisher: Flame Tree Press

33 Responses

  1. Haha…well, you know me when it comes to horror: I love it! So hearing this (and the fact that I have never heard of this writer before, sorry 🙈🙈😅😅) makes me add this one to my reading list. It sounds absolutely great. Although I will probably switch off the lights though…..😂😂😂

    1. I have yet to read the first… I think the first would have been better… Here you would know what the beast was going to do. There it would have been a shocker
      I am wondering if I should buy book 1

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