Off Season by Jack Ketchum review

“September. A beautiful New York editor retreats to a lonely cabin on a ill in the quiet Maine beach town of Dead River-off season-awaiting her sister and friends. Nearby, a savage human family with a taste for flesh lurks in the darkening woods, watching, waiting for the moon to rise and night to fall…

And before too many hours pass, five civilized, sophisticated people and one tired old country sheriff will learn just how primitive we all are beneath the surface…and that there are no limits at all to the will to survive.”

What the fuck did I just read? This was my first Jack Ketchum book and sure as shit won’t be my last. It takes a lot for a horror book to really scare the crap out of me. This one did. In fact last night I was up until like 1am reading it and then was rudely awoken at 3am being chased by creepy cannibals in my nightmares. Yes this book has cannibals in it.

The world building was pretty decent. I got a good picture in my head of the cabin/house Carla rented. Was able to picture the landscape around the area. As far as character building went that was lacking but honestly I didn’t need it. The horror, gore and shear fucked up shit that happened made up for the lack of character building.

I honestly don’t even know what else to say about this book except that it is gross, sick, disturbing, will give you nightmares, will make your skin crawl, might make body parts hurt, and completely fucked up. But highly recommended if you like horror.


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