I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Amity by Micol Ostow
Genres: Horror, YA
Published by EgmontUSA on August 26th
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For fans of Stephen King and American Horror Story, a gruesome thriller suggested by the events of the Amityville Horror.
Connor's family moves to Amity to escape shady business deals. Ten years later, Gwen's family moves to Amity for a fresh start after she's recovered from a psychotic break.
But something is not right about this secluded house. Connor's nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons and destruction. Dreams he kind of likes. Gwen has lurid visions of corpses that aren't there and bleeding blisters that disappear in the blink of an eye. She knows Amity is evil and she must get her family out, but who would ever believe her?
Amity isn't just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a bloody end as she's done before. As she'll do again.
Alternating between parallel narratives, Amity is a tense and terrifying tale suggested by true-crime events that will satisfy even the most demanding horror fan.
First Thought: I am beginning to think that I am desensitized to horror novel as nothing really seems to scare me much when reading it. It had some eerie moments but not enough for my taste.
Amity starts out with Connor writing a letter to his sister Jules and then we get Connor’s point of view ten years earlier. Connor is a bit of a deviant to begin with but when his family arrives at Amity it is like Amity is feeding on that. He knows that there is something different about the house, he knows that Amity is alive and he sees some strange things and has really bad dreams.
It also has the point of view of Gwen who lives in present day Amity. She is already sort of a messed up girl to begin with so when strange things start happening nobody really believes her. Her brother tries to tell her to not act up again, but then soon Amity takes over her brother. Gwen sees a young girl, she knows she was shot in the head. She knows that Amity is evil, her aunt knows something is not right but her parents won’t believe her because she has had paranoid, mental type problems in the past.
The book flips back in forth between Connor and Gwen going from ten years earlier to present day. From what I know about Amity and the real events that took place there I figured that was Connor. Gwen is what happened when someone moved into a place that already had some bad history and then things just got worse.
Amity has an eerie vibe to it and I am sure it will cause some people to get a little scared but I just didn’t feel it. I think I got put off by the flip flopping between decades. It would have been so much better to me if we would have gotten some background on the house before Gwen moved in and have it all in just the one decade and maybe have some flashbacks in the form of dreams or something. It just wasn’t that scary and I was hoping for scary.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and wanted to know what happened in the end, though I pretty much knew how Connor ends up I wasn’t sure about Gwen. If you are a hardcore horror fan you might not find to scary, so don’t expect it if you read it. If you are one of those that sleep with a light on after just reading a little horror then it might scary you a bit and you might enjoy it.