The Hatching Review (Horror Thriller)

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Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these incidents begin to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at a Washington, D.C. laboratory. Something wants out.

The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake. – Goodreads Synopsis


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The Hatching Review



Ezekiel Boone weaves quite the web in The Hatching, with descriptions that will send shudders racing down your spine and guarantee you’ll be giving the stink-eye to any spiders you happen to see for about the next week after reading the book. Written in a way that it plays out in your head like a Syfy movie (not a bad thing!), The Hatching does a good job of ratcheting up the tension, grossing you out at random moments, and keeping you guessing about what’s ultimately happening.4 Star Rated The Hatching Review

Unfortunately, the ending leaves a little bit to be desired.  I found myself frowning as I reached the last pages, thinking “Really? All that build up and…this?”. It seems obvious via the multitude of epilogues that this is meant to be the first book in a series, and if that’s true, I wish it had been made more clear from the get-go. Instead, what we get is a frustrating cliffhanger that’s only made mildly better by the epilogues. Even though technically Boone does give you a complete story as the first book in a series still should, it just doesn’t feel like it. Instead a fantastically written story in all other ways leaves you feeling a bit grumpy and a bit cheated as you finish it out.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read that will delight people who love ‘creature books’. Ezekiel Boone does a great job delivering a debut horror novel that will stick in people’s minds. It would be easy to see it being optioned for a movie. Just be forewarned that the ending isn’t the satisfying wrap-up a novel of this caliber deserved.

Gotta read it? Find The Hatching: A Novel now on Amazon.

Title: The Hatching | Author: Ezekiel Boone (site) | Publisher: Atria (site) | Pub. Date: 2016-7-5 | Pages: 320 | ISBN13: 9781501125041 | Genre(s): Horror and Thriller | Language: English | Triggers: Spiders! | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-2-10 | Source: Received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

4 thoughts on “The Hatching Review (Horror Thriller)

  1. I have this one to review and hoping to get to it soon so I am glad you liked it even if the ending wasn’t to good. That is a bummer I hate the build up and then it’s flat.

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