Book Review: Kill Creek

KILL CREEK | Scott Thomas
10.31.2017 | Inkshares
Rating: 4/5 stars


At the end of a dark prairie road in the nearly forgotten Kansas countryside sits a home known as the Finch House. For years it has remained abandoned, empty, and left to be overgrown by nature. The door is about to be reopened after years of inactivity. Something is waiting within its walls, lurking in the shadows, eager to meet the latest arrivals. Best-selling horror author, Sam McGarver has been invited to spend Halloween night in the Finch House. He won’t be alone in staying in this famous haunted house. He will be joined by others who will become inexplicably linked to him forever. What is a publicity stunt on the surface will evolve into a real life horror story.

I’m a sucker for a haunted house story and KILL CREEK is one of those books you see on every horror novel list. After owning my copy for over a year, I knew the time had finally come to check it out for myself! Did it disappoint? Not at all! Was it what I was expecting? Not at all!


At first glance you likely think that KILL CREEK takes place over a short period of time, however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the story actually encompasses an extended time period. The book is broken down into several parts, which essentially focus on the before, the main event, and the after, which is also another main event. Each part plays a role in building up an increasing sense of dread surrounding our main characters and their inevitable fate. I loved trying to figure out exactly what was going on and what was going to happen to each of our characters.

I was expecting KILL CREEK to focus solely on our main character, Sam McGarver, but Thomas actually chooses to spotlight a few of the secondary characters throughout the story. I love when authors pull away from the main character to build a more layered and detailed narrative, which is exactly what Thomas achieved in this book. I became invested in not just Sam, but those around him and those heading into Finch House with him. 

One thing I will point out about this book is that the pace was slower than I was expecting. I think when I hear haunted house I immediately jump to a fast-paced thrill ride, but Thomas has created something much more methodical with KILL CREEK. The story has a decent chunk of build-up, but I think it rewards the reader for their patience. 

If you’re looking for an interesting horror story surrounding a haunted house add KILL CREEK to your TBR now!

This book is available to buy from: Amazon | Book Depository

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