My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review of Charnel House by Fred Anderson
This is a fantastic book full of twisting storylines. The story takes the journey of Garraty a guy down on his luck that has split from his partner and is now bordering alcoholism. His drunken memory returns him to a childhood haunted house, that hasn’t forgotten him.
This book is all about horror and a fast paced storyline, with twisted twists. I won’t give away the ending but it is a great twist if you haven’t figured it out. Other reviews have commented that this is quite a graphic novel at times but I think that helps the character establish himself as a grungy down and out. This darker writing style suited the novel. I prefer psychological horror to gore and this book did do both but leaned towards the gore at times, but that is just personal preference and I would say the writers style was still very powerful in capturing the moment.
The settings were very well described in the book, particularly the house itself. Although I also thought the childhood storyline later in the book was excellent and put the reader in the characters shoes.
Overall, a great new horror author that I look forward to reading more of.