Thursday, November 1, 2012

Spine Chilling Horror

The Cursed Man by Keith Rommel

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review.

Summary: Once you enter this mind of madness, you will never be the same.

Alister Kunkle believes death is in love with him. A simple smile from friend or stranger is all it takes to encourage death to kill.
With his family deceased and a path of destruction behind him, Alister sits inside a mental institution, sworn to silence and separated from the rest of the world, haunted by his inability to escape death’s preferential treatment.
But when a beautiful psychologist arrives at the institution and starts offering him care, Alister braces himself for more killings. When none follow, he tries to figure out whether he truly is insane or if death has finally come to him in the form of a woman.

Review: A very spine chilling and creepy read where nothing is certain.

This book starts on pretty straight forward. Dr. Anna Lee comes to visit Alister to give him an evaluation and to try to help him. She doesn't believe about the curse and thinks it is all in his head. Of course, everyone else in the hospital believes that the curse is real. Anna manages to bully the director into letting her see Alister. She survives the night even though the curse is supposed to kill her within one. And that's when all hell breaks loose.

I was tempted to agree with Anna that the curse was just in Alister's head. Some of the incidents I could believe, but once he got to the hospital, the curse's effects became unbelievable. Of course, it could be an actual curse, but I found Anna convincing myself otherwise. It's a slow build up to the horror, but once it began, I found myself incredibly nervous and anxious about what would be revealed next. What was truth? What was reality? Was the curse real? What is all in Alister's head? How reliable of a narrator is he? The ending was confusing and left a lot of unanswered questions, but it demonstrates that you just never know and never will.


Recommendation: I would recommend this to fans of horror, especially fans of cerebral horror.

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