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The Sorrows by Jonathan Janz

Originally published on Goodreads: Read from October 20 to 23, 2013
The Sorrows is the best debut horror novel I have read since Jack Ketchum’s Off Season. Granted, I haven’t read every first fright book in existence, but that’s not the point. Jonathan Janz has woven a formidable introduction into the horror genre with a true tour-de-force that simultaneously pays homage to the classics while effortlessly lacing an original work with a contemporary and confident narrative.
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Within these pages are rousing echoes of Matheson’s Hell House, mixed with the wanton and deathly nuances of the late Richard Laymon, with shades of superlative character work to rival that of Stephen King. I would surmise that it is the latter that truly makes this novel click.


The Sorrows is a compelling and tense story that contains an ingredient that many genre writers forget to include in their fictional concoctions; characters who you actually care about. The protagonists are deftly fleshed out with real emotions, scars and all. Their collective fates resonate well past the flip of the final page and ultimately leave the reader begging for more.
5 out of 5 STARS

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