Monday, July 27, 2015

*Review* Carus and Mitch by Tim Major

Genre: Horror
Published: February 23, 2015
Pages: 88
Ages: 16+


Carus is only fifteen but since their mum disappeared, looking after her little sister Mitch is her job. There’s nobody else. Not in their house and not outside, either. There’s something out there, scratching and scraping at the windows.

The barricades will hold. 

They have to.


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have no idea what's going on in this story. I've read the whole thing and still feel almost completely lost, which just adds to the mystery of the story. I'm really not sure if I should be mentally urging the girls to leave the house or if I should be cheering them on for staying safe for so long. I don't even know if this is something that should genuinely leave me terrified for the future (like a zombie apocalypse) or if it's an isolated incidence. There are just still so many unanswered questions, but maybe I missed some of the clues.

While reading the story, I was scared for the girls. I wanted Mitch to just do what her sister said and stay safe. I was living in the moment, and like Mitch, wondering what I would find outside. Unlike Mitch, I didn't want to actually go outside and find out (because I was picturing zombie apocalypse.)

Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It kept me engaged and made me worry about the girls, but I need just a little bit more resolution than I got. I'm not saying I need all my questions answered, because the lingering questions make horror stories more horrifying, but I could really use at least some partial answers to a couple of them, you know, so I at least know what I'm really scared of. I would definitely recommend this to horror fans. - Katie 

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About the Author

Tim Major lives in Oxford in the UK with his wife and son. His love of speculative fiction is the product of a childhood diet of classic Doctor Who episodes and an early encounter with Triffids. 

His novella, 'Carus and Mitch', will be published by Omnium Gatherum Books in February 2015.

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