Review of The Sorrows

Posted March 12, 2019 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 5 Comments

Review of The Sorrows

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.

The Sorrows by Jonathan Janz
Genres: Horror
Published by Flame Tree Press on December 1, 2018
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley


Ben Shadeland and Eddie Blaze are the hottest young music composers in Hollywood. Fresh off an Oscar nomination, they've just been chosen to score a big-budget horror movie by Lee Stanley, the most demanding director in film. But Ben, the creative half of the duo, hasn't written a note since his wife divorced him and got custody of their three-year-old son.
Chris Blackwood is the gambling-addicted heir to the Blackwood fortune, which includes the Sorrows, an island off the coast of northern California. The island and its castle have been uninhabited since a series of gruesome, unexplained murders in 1925, but Chris needs money, and to get it he allows Ben, Eddie, Claire Harden (an aspiring composer), and Eva Rosales (Lee Stanley's gorgeous assistant) to stay a month in Castle Blackwood.
Eddie is certain an eerie, isolated setting is just what Ben needs to find musical inspiration for a horror film. But what they find is more horrific than any movie.

Also by this author: The Siren and The Specter, Dust Devils

Here is what I thought

Even though I didn’t like every aspects of the first book I read by this author I did enjoy it so I was excited to get this book, but it wasn’t as good as the other one.

Ben and Eddie work together as a duo who create scary music for horror movies, but Ben is the one who actually creates the music and he is having music block.  The tunes just are not coming so Eddie tries different things to spook the creative juices but nothing was working. He decides to take him to an Island called The Sorrows that was none for some murders and eerie things.

It’s not just them but a couple of ladies two one is an assistant to the director of the movie and another is a budding musical creator who is hoping for a break. They get to the island and soon some strange things start to happen and it just gets more and more bizarre and then a creature happens.

So besides this being a book full of not needed sexual scenes (more than a romance book) and some bizzare ones at that, I think it also has to much going on as you have things on the island and things off the island and then more people join them on the island and it’s just a bit chaotic.

I can’t say that I enjoyed any of the characters and could care less who lived and died (except the kid), though I will admit I had some I wanted to die more than others. 🙂 I wasn’t invested in anything that happened and felt the ending was just rushed and unbelievable…well most of this one unbelievable as I swear Ben had nine lives and the strength of Hulk to survive things that happened throughout the book.

Overall, this book just didn’t work for me and I didn’t like it. I almost DNFed it but curiosity got the best of me so I finished. I also see that it seems to have a sequel which I guess I could see but don’t think is needed.

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