‘While some monsters are born, others are created..’
Upon picking up this book I was instantly immersed into the words and descriptive style E.H Night brings to what is a chilling and mystery shrouded story. By the 8th chapter I’ll admit I couldn’t put it down.
The Four Before Me leans a little towards cliche but it works in an original way that keeps readers guessing throughout. It’s the late 80’s and Alice our main character; moves to small town ‘Wintersburg’ in search of a new start from the big city and to perhaps be closer to her now deceased Grandmother’s roots. Soon after her arrival she learns that four women are currently missing and that’s when the chilling coincidences begin. I say coincidence but that’s only if you believe in such things and for Alice this starts to play on her mind which in turn becomes psychological – the true strength of this story. She cannot help but think of the many similarities she and the missing women have, in particular ‘Sarah’ who was in fact the previous tenant in Alice’s new place.
As the story unfolds we meet a cast of three dimensional characters all of which serve purpose and depth to the story such as likable law enforcement officer ‘Blake Darrow’ and neighbor ‘Tiffany’ which Alice befriends. Of course there are the less savory characters such as ‘Benji’ or the town renowned ‘Wonderbread Will’. Can they be trusted when so many people are missing in this small town?
There were some instances that my mind was blown by the amount of twists and turns this story had. With elements of crime, mystery, suspense and even some chilling horror you could compare this book with the early works of Stephen King although the voice in this story is fresh and new. Whether it’s the sights or smells, emotions or feelings, this book captures everything including a little nostalgia.
Without anymore introduction I give you my newest venture. Firstly you are reading an account of the narrator. Then below is a slight blurby type preview, just writing this has got me all kinds of excited. it has taken many years for me to pluck up any courage to begin writing this project. Hope you like how it sounds.
“Most of the time you don’t get to choose where you are placed in the social eco system that is high school. For me I spend most days with my head down and even that’s a struggle. We all know being a teenager is hard, but when you’re thrown together with a thousand plus kids. All going through the same stuff but at different stages, consider that hell. I guess people deal with it in different ways.
Not that I’m saying my story is any different up until that point. But that’s where it gets interesting. The real horror in my story isn’t the struggle to fit in or having to endure the crap that goes with being a high school student. What if the horror of high school was something completely unexpected?
You see that’s where my story really differs. Yeah we have all seen the high school horror or slasher. It’s been done so many times the whole genre is just cliché. We all know the rules. But my story changes that. From a distance you will see the usual signs that lead to the ordinary ‘popcorn thriller’
This is all because I account these events being very much aware of the genre.”
Luke Harper has a vision in the form of a dream. Or is it a nightmare? The lights go out and he got the girl but then things go south pretty fast. The school he goes to is preparing to open its doors for their annual open evening.
A mysterious man arrives in town. The local sheriff department want to speak to him.
Teachers acting strange. Something in this whole town is really off.
The lights then go out.
“If I can see you, they can see you.”
Luke and an unlikely team must fight for their lives as they try to survive.