By: Nathan Robinson Format: eBook. Read: June 2013.
The Keene’s are just your typical family. Dylan Keene works long hours and likes to relax with his friends at the local pub. Kirsty Keene married young and had her daughter at a young age and now battles with her inner demons. Lucy is a young 12 year old, trying to figure out who she is and how to get boys to like her. Uncle Lennon is always around to make everyone laugh with his wicked sense of humor. However when the Keenes wake up to find their neighbors staring at their house, things start to take a turn for the worse. Slowly but surely the whole town begins to gather outside of their home and they are trapped inside. Regular, daily routines become a battle to survive.
Starers is a frightening debut horror novel by Nathan Robinson. The author manages to turn mundane life into a terrifying battle of fear. What starts out as a psychological fear, quickly turns into a gory mess filled with death and destruction. Robinson expresses a superb talent for writing details that will make readers fidget with a queasy stomach. These details will turn some readers away, therefore this book is recommended for mature adult audiences only. When the pace starts to slow or the gore becomes too much, Robinson uses the secondary character Lennon, to ease the tension. It is a rare find, when a horror book can make readers scream and chuckle all at the same time.
I enjoyed the fact that this book dealt with a “real” family in modern times, which makes these characters very relatable. The fear of being trapped in your own home while strangers gather and stare at you, is enough to give people nightmares, but the added gory in-depth details will make people leave their lights on at night. I didn’t find myself on the edge of my seat while reading, due to a lack of physical action, but the psychological fears were amped up from the beginning.
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.