Five years after Ashley King survived the infamous Resort Massacre, she’s found hanging in her basement by her fiancé, Todd Matthews. She left behind clues as to what really happened that night, clues that may reveal the identity of the killer the press has called The Wraith. With the help of his friends, Todd goes back to the crumbling Hayden Resort, a death-tinged ruin in the Catskills Mountains. What they find is a haunted history that’s been lying in wait for a fresh set of victims. The Wraith is back, and he’s nothing what they expected.
If you are a fan of slasher horror movies then you are in for a treat with this book! It certainly lives up to its title with some blood curdling results with its graphic imagery as someone or something hunts them down, murdering the group one by one.
Five years ago a group of friends broke into the Hayden Resort, a derelict, run down, abandoned hotel to do some urban exploration but only one person left the resort alive. Ashley King, known to the media and fans as ‘The Final Girl’. A serial killer murdered all her friends in horrific ways, a killer labeled as ‘The Wraith’ but was never caught.
Although Ashley made it out alive, she never recovered from that night and never escaped from the Wraith psychologically, resulting in her taking her own life.
Drowning in grief from his Ashleys fiancée, Todd finds a clue left behind by Ashely, one that could identify the Wraith and let Ashely feast in peace. Following the clue, Todd and his friends follow in Ashley’s footsteps to the Hayden Resort and what follows is an almost mirror image of what Ashely and her group went through as they come face to face with her murder, the Wraith.
There is enough killing packed with gore to satisfy even the most bloodthirsty readers and even though it reads like an 80’s horror movie, this isn’t a mindless slasher. It is full of complex characters, powerful imagery and intelligent plot lines and genre crossovers, horror, paranormal, suspense and psychological thriller with a serial killer to rival the likes of Leatherface and Freddy Krueger. I can see it now making its way to the silver screen as a horror movie, the whole novel would be a perfect cross over from page to screen.
With Christmas just around the corner this book would make an ideal present for horror fans, they certainly wouldn’t be disappointed!
Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. He’s the author of over 25 books, including The Jersey Devil (Pinnacle) and We Are Always Watching (Sinister Grin). Hunter’s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum.
Thank you to the author Hunter Shea, publishers Flame Tree Press, Anne Carter and NetGalley for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest and independent review as well as including me on the blog tour.