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.Creature by Hunter Shea
Published by Flame Tree Press on September 6, 2018
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Also by this author: The Jersey Devil, Just Add Water, Optical Delusion, We Are Always Watching, Money Back Guarantee, Fury Of The Orcas, Jurassic, Florida, The Devil's Fingers , Antarctic Ice Beasts, Ghost Mine
The monsters live inside of Kate Woodson. Chronic pain and a host of autoimmune diseases have robbed her of a normal, happy life. Her husband Andrew’s surprise of their dream Maine lake cottage for the summer is the gift of a lifetime. It’s beautiful, remote, idyllic, a place to heal. But they are not alone. Something is in the woods, screeching in the darkness, banging on the house, leaving animals for dead. Just like her body, Kate’s cottage becomes her prison. She and Andrew must fight to survive the creature that lurks in the dead of night. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
Here is what I thought
Hunter Shea is one of my go to horror authors for fun romp and chomp type cheesy horror, but Creatures is not like that at all. I feel it’s hard to wrap my fillings around this one because it’s personal to the author and so I don’t want to make light of it in any way.
It’s about Kate who has a bunch of autoimmune diseases plus some other things. Every day is a trial and full of pain. Her husband Andrew who is working a mundane job just so they can have the proper medical care. She feels bad for her husband and often wonders if he should just leave her and have a better life.
One day he surprises her with a trip to their dream cabin in Maine, it’s a way to recoup during the summer after she had a horrible round of shots that are just really shocking her system and causing a lot of pain. She is so happy to be going away and hopes that maybe they can have a good time while there.
While they are there though she doesn’t get to have many good days and on top of that she starts hearing strange noises. Andrew hears them to so at least she knows it’s not just her. They start to get worse and worse to the point that they thought about leaving. Then Andrew surprises her with bringing her brother and his wife to the cabin for the fourth of July.
Things start to ramp up then and in the end it becomes the type of books I expect from Shea with a bunch of action and gore, but that is only the last like maybe 30% of the story.
The rest of the story is all about Kate and Andrew dealing with the disease that has ripped their lives apart. I am not a huge fan of reading about hard to deal with real life things. It’s hard for me to connect with the characters. I know she is fighting hard disease but I just wasn’t a fan of hers. I much more liked and maybe even sympathised more with Andrew. This story has more depth of character than I am use to which is probably a lot of my problem as I am more of a plot person and I like a fast moving plot. So I found myself very bored throughout the whole book till we get to the fast moving action packed gorefest at the end.
I really liked Andrew and feel like his devotion to his wife is what made me enjoy the story. Everything he goes through to try and keep his wife safe and with him, etc. He is a very strong character and I think it takes a strong person and a strong love to be able to deal with and take care of a spouse who has such a horrible disease. I also loved Kate’s brother Ryker he was pretty awesome!
I know I feel like I have said a lot but not said anything at all and I think it’s because I feel if I do say more about the story it could spoil things. So I rambled. 🙂
Now after saying all that I didn’t totally hate Creatures by any means it was just not what I normally expect from Shea as most of the books of his I have read have been very action filled and to the point. I also don’t want to make light of any of the content because it’s a very close subject for the author and very personal to him.
I think this is a story that you are better with just trying it out and seeing if you liked it because most of my friends liked it better than me which makes me think I just lack a lot of empathy when it comes to touchy subjects.