Friday, January 6, 2017
Dread and Breakfast - by Stuart R. West - Snowbound horror at a bed and breakfast
Dread and Breakfast begins with violence and barely gives readers a chance to catch their breath.
When Rebecca takes her daughter Kyra and leaves her abusive husband for her sister's home the last thing she's thinking about is the weather. When her car slides off the road in a snow storm she's lucky Office Gurley happens by and rescues them from the intensifying storm. They end up at a cozy bed and breakfast called the Dandy Drop Inn.
Other's stranded by the storm include a mob accountant who made off with a small fortune and a mob hit-man who'd looking for the accountant, then there's the newlywed couple who was spending their wedding night at the inn and the charming owners, Jim and Dorothy Dandy.
The writer takes all of the stereotypes and turns them upside-down. The characters have depth and are so twisted it just leads to a number of genuine surprises along the way. Little Kyra is absolutely adorable and in many ways is the star of this story.
By the midway point things are unraveling at a frenetic pace in this horror farce. The circumstances for all of these people being tossed together could easily have seemed forced, but West's writing made it all seem like the most natural thing in the world.
For a thrilling read on a cold winter's night, I can certainly recommend Dread and Breakfast, published by Grinning Skull Press and available in both paperback and e-book formats.
From the author's bio - Stuart R. West is a lifelong resident of Kansas. Stuart writes thrillers tinged with horror and horror tinged with thriller, both for adult and young adult readers.