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.Don't Move by James S. Murray, Darren Wearmouth
Published by Blackstone Publishing on October 20, 2020
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From the authors of the bestselling Awakened trilogy.
Megan Forrester has barely survived the unthinkable. Six months ago, she witnessed a horrific accident that killed her husband and son, and lives with the guilt of knowing she could have done more to save them. Now, Megan hopes to mend the pieces of her broken spirit by attending a local church group's annual camping trip. But the church group members-riddled with dark secrets of their own-make a catastrophic navigational mistake, leaving them stranded in an untouched canyon in the West Virginian national forest.
Isolated from any chance of help or rescue, Megan and the others quickly realize why this side of the canyon has never been surveyed by mankind: it's home to a terrifying prehistoric arachnid that patiently stalks its prey through even the slightest movement or vibration in the forest. And it's desperate for a meal.
Grief-stricken and haunted by her tragic loss, Megan now faces her ultimate test of endurance. Can she outwit a bloodthirsty creature hellbent on ensuring that no one gets out of alive? When a single wrong turn can mean death, she only has one option: DON'T MOVE.
We have been busy doing the buddy reads this month!! Surprisingly we have managed to stay ahead too! 🙂 This time it’s a horror book that both of us was curious about. Once you see what I think go on over to Barb’s blog and see what she thought at Booker T’s Farm!
Here is what I thought
Don’t Move is about a church group that is going camping out in the forest of West Virginia and things don’t go quite as planned when they seem to end up in the wrong spot.
Megan has had it pretty rough after the death of her husband and son. They dead in a carnival ride gone wrong and it all happened right in front of her and she wasn’t able to save them. She always thought it was her fault because she should have done more. She is hoping to mend her broken heart with a camping trip.
Right before they go another man named Ricky stops the bus and ask if he can go camping with them. He use to date the pastor’s daughter so he doesn’t seem to see a problem with it but his daughter is going with her new boyfriend and tells him he needs to behave. There is also a older couple with their grandson going as well.
The driver says he knows where they are going and has a nice speech to go with it as if he is trying to be a tour guide and not a very good one. He seems pretty sure that he knows all about where he is going but he takes them deep into the forest but it’s not the Canyon he said it was and instead he leads them right into the lair of a prehistoric arachnid!
Ricky is a good person and Emma’s new boyfriend Ryan has had run ins with him so they are at each others throats through most of the story. Ricky wants to go back to the bus to get something but they won’t let him go on his own so the driver goes with him and he is the only one with a Sat phone. When something bad happens to him and it terrifies Ricky who runs back to camp of course Ryan thinks he did something to him. They all decide to go off looking for the driver where it all really goes downhill.
This is one of those stories where there is probably just only one person you really care about surviving and everyone else can just die. 🙂 You don’t know how many times I wanted to smack Ryan, he was by far the most annoying character! You don’t really get attached to any of the characters which is good because most don’t last long but there are a few that once they last as long as they do you do start to root a bit for them towards the end.
I really enjoyed the arachnid creature as it was a huge spider and I don’t know about you but giant spiders are just freaking scary! It couldn’t really see you but it had all this webbing around the forest so if could find you if you moved into it and you couldn’t see it in the day time or with a regular flashlight, so good thing one of them brought a fancy light. 😉 So if you didn’t want to get ate by a giant spider the best thing to do was DON’T MOVE! 🙂
This was a decent creature story but it had it’s problems too. I think my biggest complaint was it was supposed to be a church group yet none of them acted like they even knew what a church was from their language to how they treated others. Maybe except for the old couple but their grandson was a horrid kid. As a church goer myself I wasn’t impressed with the group at all. Also I wasn’t a huge fan of how it ended. It has one of those ending that I think you will either like it or not and I didn’t.
I think if you like creature features that you might enjoy it as it was decent.