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Go Down Hard by Ali Seay #BookReview

What if a victimized woman decided to be a silent guardian angel for other women and turn the tables on predatory men? What if she stumbled into the hunting grounds of a cocky serial killer while looking for her own private murder den? What if a confident killer met his match in the form of a jean-clad, whiskey-swigging stranger in an hourglass-shaped package—and she made him want things—things he’s far too superior to want?

When predator meets predator, the only question is: Is the attraction they feel to bed one another . . . or kill one another?

Meg isn’t expecting to catch Jack red-handed with his most recent victim. Jack isn’t expecting Meg to come busting through his front door while chasing her current prey. Now that each recognizes a fellow killer, what urge will win—kiss or kill?

Cover shows a female leg (barefoot) coming down a step, with a bloody bat dangling at her side.  The cover has purplish tones and the title, Go Down Hard, is in large white letters centered at the bottom of the page. The author's name, Ali Seay, is under the title in red letters.

Title: Go Down Hard | Author: Ali Seay | Publisher: Grindhouse Press| Pub. Date: 13 November 2020 |Pages: 166 | ISBN: 9781941918838 | Genre: Horror | Language: English   Source: Received a copy from publisher for review consideration | Starred Review

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Go Down Hard Review

“The thing about predatory men was they hardly ever entertained the thought of predatory women” – Ali Seay, Go Down Hard

It is a difficult thing to develop a good revenge story in just over 150 pages. Back story and characterization and depth of plot must all be considered, especially when asking readers to invest enough to care about what happens. Seay does this expertly. Go Down Hard is a novella with serial killers and extreme/troubling content, yet it is juxtaposed with dark humor and sense of justice that is sure to keep readers entertained. This may be Seay’s first horror novella, but it certainly is not her debut book. Fellow reviewer Mike Hicks has a great review on Goodreads that discusses the book as well as some great information on Seay’s background in writing.

As mentioned in the synopsis above, this book contains several hard to read sections of brutality against women. It is blunt and laid bare; it was difficult to read, but necessary., I think. I NEEDED to know more about Meg in order for her vengeance to feel real; it needs to develop an idea of what will happen when she meets up with Jack. I do not think that Seay uses sexual assault as just a catalyst. It did not feel cheap, gratuitous, or overdone.

Humor was quite possibly the one thing I was NOT expecting to find in this book. I have to say, though, there were several parts where the author’s use of irony and/or subtle dark humor had me chuckling to myself in some of the oddest places. It worked. I think of all the times I teach my students about comedic relief in plays, films, and other formats, and how sometimes it’s necessary to give the reader a break. Seay integrates this seamlessly. The levity is woven into her voice and it felt organic and entertaining.

There will be no discussion of plot here other than what is already here. This is a fast, brutal read and any conversation might take away from new reader’s experience. I will say that while I was able to have a vague sense of what might happen, I was never able to fully predict what happened. I love that. It is so refreshing to read a horror book that takes a standard idea and crafts something fresh and surprising. And bloody.

I want more Ali Seay horror books. I want more in THIS world. If you are looking for a horror novella to break a “this world is crazy and I cannot focus” reading slump, be sure to order this one.

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