Book Review: Cirque Berserk

CIRQUE BERSERK | Jessica Guess
02.12.2020 | Unnerving
Rating: 4/5 stars


The summer of 1989 brought terror to the town of Shadows Creek, Florida in the form of a massacre at a local carnival, Cirque Berserk. One fateful night, a group of teens killed a dozen people then disappeared into thin air. No one knows why they did it, where they went, or even how many of them there were, but legend has it they still roam the abandoned carnival, looking for blood to spill. Thirty years later, best friends, Sam and Rochelle, are in the midst of a boring senior trip when they learn about the infamous Cirque Berserk. Seeking one last adventure, they and their friends journey to the nearby Shadows Creek. Waiting for them beyond the carnival gates is a night of brutality, bloodshed, and betrayal. Will they make it out alive?

Hello perfect summer slasher reading! CIRQUE BERSERK was just the book I was looking for to kick off my summer horror reads. There is all of the nostalgia of an old school horror movie within the pages of this story: teen angst, excellent music, and chilling scenes! I loved that Guess gave the readers both alternating narratives, as well as alternating timelines. The reader is able to learn everything there is to know about the cast of characters, their motivations, and what started off this local legend. Guess also made me really enjoy the “bad guys” in this story, which isn’t something you always get with horror books. This novella is just the right length to pack a fun and entertaining punch! I look forward to reading more from Guess in the future!

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