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.Your Turn to Suffer by Tim Waggoner
Published by Flame Tree Press on March 23, 2021
Also by this author: They Kill
“His ability to weave the surreal with the hyper-real is his greatest talent.” — Signal Horizon.
Lorelai Palumbo is harassed by a sinister group calling themselves The Cabal. They accuse her of having committed unspeakable crimes in the past, and now she must pay. The Cabal begins taking her life apart one piece at a time – her job, her health, the people she loves – and she must try to figure out what The Cabal thinks she’s done if she’s to have any hope of answering their charges and salvaging her life.
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So we tackled another Tim Waggoner book and I am starting to think even though his books sound interesting they are just not for me. 🙁 Out of four books I have read of his I have gave two 3 stars and two 2 stars, so unless his next book just sounds extremely interesting I think I am out. 🙁 I think Barb liked it a bit more than me so check out her review after you see mine at Booker T’s Farm!
Here is what I thought
I really wanted to like this one but maybe this authors writing is just a bit to out there for me and weirder than I prefer or my taste in books is changing.
It starts off with a stranger wanting to ask Lori a question but she ignores him and goes on about her business, soon weird things start happening. A strange woman tells her she needs to confess and atone or suffer and she has absolutely no clue what she is talking about.
As more strange things happen from having dreams that seem very real she learns about the Cabal which is supposed to be some sort of strange between worlds occult like group that is seeks out balance and order and it seems that Lori has done something that has upset this balance.
When Lori was younger she can only remember a few things about what happened after she has an accident on the soccer field that ruined her sports career. Something bad happened afterwards that she can’t remember so she thinks that maybe it has something to do with that but she isn’t sure. Meanwhile, more strange things are happening like shadow creatures trying to come get her more people telling her to confess and atone or suffer and more frightening dreams, then one day she accidently gets herself onto this thing called the Nightway, and meets Edgar the bug man and learns more about the Cabal.
While she is there though the shadow people are wreaking havoc on her town and killing people, bad things are happening to people she knows and loves and she has no clue it’s happening while she is in the Nightway trying to figure out what she done wrong. The reveal of what it actually was sort of made me roll my eyes!!
There was so much going on in this book with what was happening in her home town while she had no clue, and I am talking weird stuff, some of her coworkers become like cat people and where eating people!!! Just weird weird stuff not to mention the shadow things just killing people left and right and I just felt like it was a bit much and made no sense. I kept thinking that if I keep going soon things will make sense and well they did a bit but by that time I was so tired of being confused that I didn’t care anymore.
I really didn’t care for any of the characters and the one character that I did like was creepy! Lori was not a great person and I didn’t like her nor care if she ever figured things out but I did like Edgar the bug man. I call him that because he can kill people with bugs, they come out his mouth and it’s just super creepy! Any of her other friends in the real world where not that great and I just didn’t care for them or what happened to them.
It has a lot of positive ratings on Goodreads so that is why I am just thinking that maybe this is a case of it was just not a book for me or my taste in horror is changing because I was bored out of my mind and almost DNFed it but at the same time I was curious to see what happened so I kept going but at times I wish I didn’t.
So I can’t recommend it but if it sounds like you might enjoy it then try it for yourself.