Monday, October 3, 2011

Blood Mountain by J.T. Warren (CBR-III #35)

Cannonball Read III: Book #35/52
Published: 2011
Pages: n/a - (Kindle book - couldn't find pages)
Genre: Horror

I bought this book for two reasons. One, it was cheap ($2.99). Two, it was described as "for fans of Jack Ketchum and Jack Kilborn". I love Ketchum and Kilborn, so I figured it was worth a try.

Blood Mountain follows a recent college graduate named Mercy as she and her father try to bond on a hiking trip up Blood Mountain. Unfortunately for them, a crazy guy named Victor has been stalking Mercy and follows them up the mountain. Sounds interesting, right?

Well, it could have been better. It wasn't awful, but it definitely wasn't up to par with Ketchum or Konrath. Mercy wasn't likable at all until the end. She loves to read serial killer novels and sympathize with the victims. She is a completely pathetic heroine who mopes around and constructs fantasies about every young male who comes across her path. This is probably more of a personal opinion than a criticism of the author, but I want a horror novel heroine who is strong and independent - not Bella from Twilight.

Victor was kind of an irritating character too. He was very cliche at times and I kind of wish they just left out the whole weird, pseudo-religious "cleansing the world" stuff.

With that said, the book was a very quick read. It moved at a fast pace and I didn't get bored - just mildly irritated at the characters sometimes. Mercy also redeems herself towards the end and becomes a character you actually want to root for. All in all, it's worth $2.99 for a quick, trashy read. I wouldn't pay $9.99 for it though.

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