A Chiller Thriller

I love it when the cover art for a book compliments the story inside. This is a chilling picture and pretty much says it all.

Freeze

Description borrowed from Goodreads

A raging snowstorm has stranded Tess and Warren in their mountain home with no power and little heat. When an accident leaves Tess coughing up pools of blood, Warren has no choice but to brave the storm in search of help.

He’s afraid he’ll be too late.

But what he should be afraid of are the creatures slinking through the blizzard and watching his every move.

Always on the lookout for something fresh and unique, I was thrilled when I discovered this story. Horror books have been a part of our culture for a very long time and it is hard to find a book that has an unknown element in it. Daniel Pyle has given us something novel and oh so terrifying in Freeze.

I love a story where the weather plays a contributing role in the action. Tess and Warren are trapped in their cabin with no electricity and just a fireplace to keep them from freezing. When an accident leaves Tess in serious danger of dying, Warren is forced to venture outside and try to reach their neighbors 3 miles away.  What he doesn’t know is that the blizzard has brought something with it. Something unexplainable and hungry.

In the back yard, in a furrow beneath two drifts, the wind blew across a patch of bluish-white snow. Loose powder drifted across the top, but there was only solid ice beneath. The wind gusted, and the ice trembled. A section of ice broke loose from the rest, now less solid looking, almost mushy – and rose into the air. It was long, cylindrical, finger like. Only longer. Tentacle like. The wind blew harder still, and the tentacle curled into a stumpy question mark of a thing.

When the wind died down, the curl of ice stayed where it was for a moment, but then it drooped, twitched, and finally stilled.

Fresh snow fell and hid any signs of movement.

I don’t know about you, but I was hooked by this.  Daniel Pyle’s writing is like a blast of fresh air. His story is fast-paced, his characters are genuine and very engaging, and the story line is realistic. He packs his book full of all the things we horror fans love, an unknown danger, extremely harsh conditions and very descriptive bloody action.

Driven by the suspense, I ate up the words and flew through this. I was thrilled to learn that he has written more stories like this and I will be reading every one of them.

Also by Daniel Pyle

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