There is blood in the water in the depressed rural lakeside town of Proofrock, Idaho. Jennifer Daniels, aka Jade, a seventeen-year-old half-Indian outcast, sees recent events that only her encyclopedic knowledge of horror films could have prepared her for in this latest novel from Stephen Graham Jones. Jade feels as if she’s trapped in the opening scenes of a slasher film when tourists go missing and tensions rise between her community and the celebrity newcomers to the Indian Lake shore. As a conglomerate known as the Founders begins breaking ground for their rustic mansions in what they’re unironically calling Terra Nova, Jade watches as the small town she knows and hates moves toward catastrophe. This summer, as yachts compete with canoes on Indian Lake, Jade is convinced a killer will rise. This new novel from the acclaimed author of The Only Good Indians explores the changing landscape of the West through his particular voice of sharp humor and prophetic violence. It’s a must-read that will have you cheering for the American heroine we need. (ADVANCED READERS COPY-Pages: 405/Genre: Fiction-Horror-Thriller-Suspense)
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Stephen Graham Jones just wrote a bloody brilliant tribute to slasher movies in this incredible upcoming novel. Jade is a seventeen-year-old girl who is obsessed with old slasher films. Jade has a less than pleasant home life with her alcoholic father. She has also been dubbed the “weird girl” at school. Slasher films are all this scream queen has to get her through each day. That is until two tourists pop up dead in the local lake … a lake that legend says is to be cursed with “The Lake Witch.” Jade soon finds herself in a real-life slasher as those around her begin to be killed off one by one. Is Jade the final girl in this gruesome story or has she been doomed to a fate as deadly as the rest?
I would like to start by saying if you do not LOVE slasher films or old horror films such as but not limited to, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Scream, Child’s Play, Jaws, Halloween, I Know What You Did Last Summer or Black Christmas this book is not for you. Jade spends the entire novel referencing old slashers with such precision she references characters by name, not always just the movie, even the actors that played in the movies are referenced such as Jamie Lee Curtis and Johnny Depp. This novel is a 100% tribute to some of the greatest slasher films to date. I am personally a horror movie junkie, making me love this novel more than I had expected to. I was not a fan of the writing style, this being my first Jones book, I did some digging, I found this is a common complaint among readers. I was able to get past the unlikable writing style to appreciate the story itself which was unbelievable. Jade was such a strong leading lady; I could not help but like her character and how unique she was. The story was slow to pick up, not getting to any real slasher parts until about 70% into the novel. (This book was about four hundred pages long; the last one hundred pages were the most intense.) Leading to a complete blood bath and a violent ending. Jones did allow us to see Jade in many layers. We, as the reader, were able to learn so much about Jade and dig deep to understand just why Jade was Jade. Such depth to this one character made for a hugely enjoyable experience as Jade lead us through her experiences past and present, leading up to a true slasher ending.
If you love old eighties horror as much as I do then this novel is for you. If you are not into horror or have not seen any of the movies listed above, you are going to have an extremely hard time following this story. Jade never misses a beat with her nonstop references throughout the whole novel. Jade compares everything in her real-life to slasher films, so on any given page, there are at least three references if not more. This is such an awesome novel; it is no unique in style and execution. A must-read for all horror junkies out there.
Available August 31, 2021
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