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Cleaving Souls - Chauncey Rogers

Thanks to the author for providing an ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: Available Now

225 Pages

Synopsis: Some dangers you cannot outrun. Some nightmares do not end when you wake.

Something is watching Katherine Harris. She can feel it when she goes out. She can feel it inside her home. She feels it in her bed. Her husband, Alex, wants to blame her anxiety on her pregnancy, but he’s often away for work. He doesn’t know what it’s like to be stuck in a small town, to be trapped in a tiny house on a run-down street, to be alone. Kate does, and the feeling only grows worse.

Whatever is going on, Kat’s certain that it’s far more serious than pregnancy jitters. When Alex takes Kat on a second honeymoon to get her mind off things, it becomes far more dangerous as well.

Holy guacamole this was an insanely stressful read! Of  course I mean that in the best possible way. First though, I need to give out a warning to animal lovers like me who get wigged out when a cute pet dies in a book. There is a scene here involving a sweet dog. However, you can see it coming and skim over it, which is what I did. 

I was immediately hooked by the eerie prologue which immediately put me off balance, where I stayed for the majority of the book. The characters of Kat and her husband Alex are well-rounded and extremely relatable ones. They will probably even remind you of some that you know in real life. As these horrifying supernatural events start happening to the isolated Kat, my heart ached for her. I could literally feel the chilling menace surrounding her as well as her growing helplessness in the face of this unknown danger. And I also felt for Alex who loves and is completely devoted to Kat, yet doesn’t know what to do to help her. 

The plot takes an even more terrifying turn when Alex decides to take Kat back to where they spent their honeymoon—which unfortunately happens to be a cabin in the woods. I know what you’re thinking. One of the things you should always not do when dealing with unexplained creepy events, is to go on vacation to an isolated cabin. But this just ratchets up the tension even more. By this point, I had no idea what was going on. Were there really supernatural events happening or was Kat suffering from some pregnancy-induced psychosis? Well, I’m not telling! The only thing I’ll share is that when the big reveal comes, it’s shockingly brilliant and I never saw it coming. 

Cleaving Souls is the second horror book (after Rafael Chandler’s Mask Beneath Her Face), that I’ve read in the last few weeks that I unhesitatingly put up in the same category as Stephen King. This isn’t just some gore fest, although it has some “ew” moments. This is the type of story that completely messes with your head and stays there days after you’ve finished it. It’s a pulse-pounding thrill ride that I guarantee will keep you up into the wee hours of the morning reading. And once you’ve finished, good luck going to sleep! I highly recommend Cleaving Souls to fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz’s early horror novels. It’s a quick read that you won’t regret picking up.

Something About the Author: 

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Chauncey Rogers is a fellow WordPress blogger and if you’d like to learn more about him and his work, please visit: http://www.chaunceyrogers.com

Biography: Chauncey Rogers was born in Arizona, and since then has hopped back and forth between the mid-western and western United States. He married in 2012 while attending school in Utah. His favorite movie since he was three is Jurassic Park, and he Wishes very badly that Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster were real, though he doesn’t believe in them as much as he used to.