Spanning over 100 years of mid-Michigan history, The Eaton tells the story of Sam Spicer, a young entrepreneur who purchases the dilapidated Michigan Central Railroad Depot in Eaton Rapids with the dream of opening a hot new martini bar. But when he and his friends discover an abandoned underground hotel directly beneath the property, they must discover what happened to the original guests—before their own time runs out.
The Eaton is the debut novel of John K. Addis, and combines a flashback-based narrative structure with the gruesome style of '80s horror classics, creating a unique new voice critics are calling "fresh, original, and truly terrifying."
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Yes, because it had lots of wonderful elements in it, it was scary, heartbreaking and just terrible all at once. :)
The fact that it took you on such an emotional journey with the characters, it takes you by surprise because even I wasn't expecting it as a horror. It was very character driven.
Jeff has quite the difference in character voices. I enjoyed all of them, and when the characters were excited and scared so was I.... I really enjoyed his characters voices for Sarah, Kinsey and Janet. : ) so different, yet so woman like. Great job.
There were several moments that really got me. I have to admit, Janet and seeing 'the baby' in the linen basket. Would be horrid for anyone... Sarah and having her nipple in the chomper, and for me that moment when someone you love and care about is crying out to you 'Sarah, I'm hurt... please don't leave me' ugggh, just heart wrenching. I don't know how they could ever leave them, belief or not that it's the creature. What if it just wasn't?
Okay, so for the most part I did enjoy the performance of the book. It was great to listen to, had it's ups and downs, what I wasn't so sure about was some of the flashbacks and places of 'backstory' I know most of it seemed really relevant, and it was and it was much better than the 'reader of the journal' just recanting events as Jonathan experienced them. But, they did interrupt some of the story for me. Mostly because of their timing. I wasn't so sure some of them were totally relevant till I'd gotten past them and into the next scene or chapter.
What this as a book did do for me, was take me back to the scary films I used to watch and the stories I used to read as a young adult. It had good tone and great characters. I will defo come back and see if there are more in the future from this author, and yeah Jeff has a new fan to :) so thank you to both for the 10 plus hours of entertainment. Well worth investing my time, and energy into.
Extra thoughts - Prologue - Not so sure on it they're almost always not needed, but it ended well enough for Zeke, and the creature got out after all! damned. Sarah if she's still alive better run....
Author note - Interesting to hear that I'm not the only Author who takes their dreams and writes them out. Thank you for that. And pretty interesting that there are real facts in here. :) Kudos to the writer, for research. (heck you talk fast though)
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