Release date: February 24, 2015
Published by: Tor
Source: Provided by publisher
Author links: rhiannonfrater.com | Twitter | FB
The stillbirth of Mackenzie's son destroyed her marriage. Grieving, Mac reluctantly heads for her childhood home to seek refuge with her mother, who constantly reminds her of life's dangers.Driving across Texas, Mac swerves to avoid hitting a deer...and winds up in a dead spot, a frightening place that lies between the worlds of the living and the dead. If they can control their imaginations, people can literally bring their dreams to life—but most are besieged by fears and nightmares which pursue them relentlessly.Mackenzie's mother and husband haunt her, driving her to the brink of madness. Then she hears a child call for help and her maternal instincts kick into overdrive. Grant, Mac's ally in the dead spots, insists Johnny is a phantom, but the boy seems so real, so alive....As the true horrors of the dead spots are slowly revealed, Mackenzie realizes that time is running out. But exits from the dead spots are nearly impossible to find, and defended by things almost beyond imagination.
Wow! Dead Spots was intense, disturbing, and refreshingly original. Frater's imagination is wonderfully twisted and it's clear that this author was made for writing horror stories.
From the very beginning, Dead Spots has a dark and somber tone. We're introduced to Mac, a character who is struggling through the grief and pain of losing her child and the added heartache of losing her husband through a divorce. While dealing with these devastating changes in her life, she stumbles upon a world of nightmares.
When Mac unknowingly enters a dead spot, she steps into a world between the living and the dead. It's a terror-filled landscape where she encounters shadows and wraiths, monsters and killer clowns, and apparitions that attempt to break her already fragile mind. She's in a place where appearances are almost always deceiving and she has no idea of who she can trust to help her find her way home.
I really enjoyed Mac's character and the way that she slowly gains her strength and confidence throughout the story. Even though she needs a lot of help navigating through the dead spots and fighting off the nightmarish creatures, she never gave me that damsel-in-distress feeling that often irritates me. Despite her weakened state, she wants to fight and survive. Giving up her chances of going home is never an option.
Dead Spots is an eerie, gory, nail-biting horror story that I would suggest to any fans of dark fantasy. This is my first time reading a novel by Frater and it certainly won't be my last.
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