Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Stripes Publishing (4 May 2015)
Some things are best left buried. Gabe is feeling the pressure. His family has money troubles, he's hardly talking to his dad, plus lowlife Benny is on his case. Needing some space to think, he heads off into the hills surrounding LA. And he suddenly stumbles across a secret that will change everything. A shallow grave. Gabe doesn't think twice about taking the gold bracelet he finds buried there. Even from the clutches of skeletal hands. But he has no idea what he's awakening...A chilling new story in the Red Eye series.
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As the wheels keep turning on the Red Eye Series factory, we keep getting more and more books to satisfy the inner horror lover in us. The next action-packed and horror laden tale from the series is Bad Bones which I have to review on the blog today. The reviews for the other books from this epic series can be found here: Frozen Charlotte, Sleepless, Flesh and Blood.
The premise greatly intrigued me, because of all kinds of horror (of which there is always plenty by the way) ghost stories are my absolute favourite. So when I heard about Gabe and his unfortunate foray into the unexpected, I rushed to review this book, because I just couldn’t resist.
Gabe is in trouble. In so many ways. In the midst of money troubles for Gabe and his family, what starts off as a quick way to earn cash and solve his troubles, ironically enough was only the beginning of the end (but not really the end - I just love that phrase). Can any good come from stealing from a buried body? All together now, the answer is N O.
Gabe is accompanied in this creepy story by a dangerous being that is seeking what has been taken. The author does a wonderful job in bringing this story to life (pun intended) and truly make this feel like a sinister read. Is everything explained and is your hand held throughout the story? Nope. Which makes this an even better read, as everything unfolds in front of you bit by bit, and you come to these conclusions on your own. The focus remains on the story, on the events, the action packed ride you anticipate from such a story with all the right elements of horror and intrigue woven in wonderfully. I feel like the narration of the story, the way it unfolds, the events - all cater for not just mature young readers but also some of the older consumers - it’s written in such a manner that it branches out to many readers rather than aimed at just one.
The story really does stay true to it’s name, and though like some of the other books in the Red Eye series, I have a few gripes with the lack of connectivity I was allowed to feel with the main character, and limited scope in getting to know the secondary and tertiary characters (like Stella and Benny) but again, it doesn’t take away from the joy that was the book and compelling writing.
You’re drawn in right from the start as the hook is introduced and throughout the book you encounter all the events that brought Gabe (and you) to this point in the story.
I feel like the Red Eye series has done an epic job in bringing together all these different elements of horror through a multitude of stories and beings that feature in each of them. From blood and gore, ghosts and curses, you truly are getting the real revival and this is another great addition to the group. It may not be the most complex and intricate of stories - but I feel like that’s the point. All these stories are kinda quick and sharp - not meant for being drawn out but rather enjoyed “in the moment”.