My rating: 4 of 5 stars
THEME: Zombies, Romance and Historical
RECEIVED: Review for tour
REVIEW:Halle always knows how to deliver a horror story that is not only creepy as hell but adds a little romance to spice it up a bit. As a fan of her Experiment in Terror series I couldn’t wait to read a horror story based in the 1800s pioneer days. Even though my history is a little stale when it comes to the story of the Donner party, I really enjoyed stepping back in time and experience the twist of eerie an horror story.
Donners of the Dead follows Eve Smith a young woman who is thrown into a horrific trek through the mountains to track a missing wagon party. With being half native she has a knack for tracking and joins a group of men searching for the missing travelers, including an intense former Texas Ranger. But the group isn’t prepared for what’s in the mountains when monsters viscously attack them. Eve must up her courage and trust a man who seems to have a grudge against her, but they need to survive before the monsters make them their next meal.
Eve is not like any other girl her age, she is a tough and has dealt with the fact she is half native. Her skills make her an assets to the travelers she is forced to work with. It was interesting to go back in history and read about the cultures, livelihoods and folklore of that time. Eve’s character is innocent and adventurous, someone who will be easy for anyone to connect too and hope she can survive the monsters. I loved her connection with Jake the Texas Ranger; I knew there was something different about him.
Jake McGraw is a tough as nails man, who is skilled with a gun and seems to have another agenda on this search. But the readers will enjoy his softer sides and learn a little about his past that has made him a little rough around the edges. I enjoyed his interactions with Eve and that his persona was spot on for what I imagine a Texas Ranger would be like.
Overall this was a quick read that will give you chills and seriously made me not want to take any hikes to the woods anytime soon. Halle always knows how to create spooky settings and shocking moments that I didn’t see coming. As this is stand alone there is an ending, which I felt satisfied but almost a little too rushed. In the end Halle never disappoints, her stories are ones to discuss over a campfire and seriously will have you wanting to keep the lights on.
RECOMMENDATION:This is an adult novel with creepy scenes that create this fantastic horror short story. Fans of Kendare Blakes Girl of Nightmares and Gretchen McNeils Possess will enjoyed Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle.
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