The only thing that multi-published, award winning horror author, Tom
Elliot, wanted was to move to the country for a change of scenery and
relaxation, to a quiet part of southern Illinois. It seemed he'd picked
out a wonderful spot, miles away from the closest neighbor and even
further away from civilization.
Tom couldn't write to save his
soul. Weird thoughts trampled through his head and left him wondering if
he'd made a mistake moving from Chicago. Could it have been that he
ripped himself from his element, like his best friend, Michael Gully,
had predicted? That he couldn't answer yet.
Words came and flowed
like wildfire, but at what price? Tom's imagination was getting the
best of him and running rampant. The very characters that he created
tormented him, driving him mad where he couldn't distinguish fiction
I've always been
a big fan of horror fiction, and I was really looking forward to reading this
book. The author, Patrick Royal, delivers a taut horror
novel, with an imaginative premise, that moves with speed and agility.
With a fast moving plot that keeps you
turning the pagesanda marvelous ride of emotion,
Patrick Royal's Shatteredgrabbed me from page one. There are many things I'd like to
say, but I'll mention only the aspects which wouldn't give away the ending, as
I don't want to spoil the other readers' experience. Shattered is a real
spine-tingler. The type of novel where the reader asks breathlessly, "What
next?" It reveals the hidden, dangerous power of a highly creative mind, the
mind of a successful horror writing novelist. Shattered tells
the compelling and gritty story of Tom Elliot. I loved the chapters
where we get to know Tom Elliot better. Little by little, the fiction worldhe creates
sneaks into his life, reality and illusion, past and present becoming one and
leading him to wonder 'if his
mind was right at that moment.'
Other characters - Michael, his long time
friend, Susan a woman he meets at a
supermarket, and he enjoys having around,
“You’re a very smart person, Tom Elliot,” Susan said and grinned. Tom liked
that. It had been a very long time since he had a woman look at him like that.
- are believable and immediately evoke empathy from the reader. Not so much
The flow of the story was smooth. It
wasn't too rushed and it didn't drag which is very nice. The mysteries were
given out in a perfect timing. I like how the author built the tension.
It took me one
session to read it end-to-end. I wholeheartedly recommend itto those who
love horror novels, but not only. You will enjoy it and devour it, but beware
don't read it during the night.
Shattered is an enormously gripping story, in my opinion a
psychological horror, which fully deserves its five stars review.