I went through my books, searching for something to read a little outside of my normal genres and stumbled upon this short horror story. The cover is very eye-catching!
Author: Bobbi Romans
Publisher: Amazon (Copy via the author)
Release date: October 2013
ASIN : B00FN9P8XW
Shana, Erron, and Marklon hadn’t realized life had more than a committed threesome in store for them. Like catching the serial killer monster who is leaving bloody body parts in restaurants throughout their small town—on platters no less.
The first murder and subsequent meal/gag occurred not long ago, at the upscale eatery, Carnal Cravings. Not long after, nearly every restaurant in town had served up some form of unexpected tartar. Heads on platters stuffed like prize pigs at luaus and people popsicles. Even deli-wrapped penises, taking Oscar Meyer Weiner to a whole new plane of pun, have rocked the sleepy little town of Crow Manor Maine to a state of panic.
It was then the nightmares began for Shana and her two men. It wasn’t long before she realized they weren’t nightmares but visions. They’d become attuned to the killer. As the threesome fight for their love and their lives, old skeletons tumble out of the closet that could literally carve them to shreds.
I enjoyed this short novella. The dynamics between the characters was interesting. They all clearly cared for each other, Shana being the glue cementing them together. When threatened, they went into lockdown mode, determined to protect each other. There’s something very wicked about having two men so totally devoted to you. The horror aspect of the book had enough gore and mystery to keep me entertained. Unfortunately, part of the plot felt a bit contrived, but that might have more to do with the length of the book than anything else. The disdain for the police and their incompetence just didn’t work for me. I wasn’t sure why a waitress with no criminal background would insert herself in the investigation and think she’d be better equipped to find a killer.
Despite all that, once I hit the second half of the book, things smoothed out and the book clicked. The pacing picked up, the mystery deepened, and we’re introduced to the killer. When Shana found herself boxed into a corner, she came out swinging. I liked her spunk, and her willingness to do what was necessary to protect the men in her life. So in the end, I found myself entertained. If you haven’t tried horror and find yourself curious, pick up a copy.