From USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author Jeremy Bates comes the first book in the all-new WORLD’S SCARIEST LEGENDS series.
After a woman bangs at the door in the middle of the night, and promptly dies from her injury, a couple’s remote cabin getaway becomes a psychological night of terror as they are hunted by an unknown assailant. Now they must go far beyond what they thought themselves capable of if they hope to save their young children and survive until morning.
Title: Mosquito Man | Author: Jeremy Bates | Publisher: Ghillinnein Books | Pub. Date: 14 February 2019 | Pages: 330 | ISBN: 9781988091310 | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 3 out 5 | Source: Received a copy from author for review consideration
Mosquito Man Review
I hadn’t previously read anything by Jeremy Bates when Mosquito Man came up for review. The synopsis and the promise of a scary legends series piqued my interest in a big way.
The first part of the book hooked me in – a family disappears, all but one, and the writing is clean and engaging. It is fun! I even paused for a moment to inquire as to whether any of my other bookish friends had read this before — I wanted to TALK.
While this book is a fast read and and the pacing is great, there were a few issues I had that moved this from spectacular to good for me. There are a few characters that just didn’t work for me in regards to back story and or actions. There is one adult female character that we get to know, including quite a few details about her past, etc. And that’s fine, but there is no pay off for knowing that information – it just sits there. Then we have the children. These kids are young, 5 years old (or so) young. Some of the things they say didn’t track well with me. There are whole sections with them as the narrators that are odd and it pulled me right out of the story.
The monster – the Mosquito Man – let’s chat about him. There are spectacular scenes of gore and guts and just all that horror yumminess I love. The big reveal, however, fell a bit flat for me. I still enjoyed him, but at the risk of sounding silly, perhaps too much was revealed? Too many details?
Mosquito Man was pretty fun. It hooked me in the beginning even if it lost a little bit later on. I still had a good time. Honestly, this is exactly the kind of book I’d pick up for a great vacation/beach read. If this really does turn into a series, I will definitely pick up the next.
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