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A murdered child, a talking spider and an odd roommate all come together in What Hide Within. The book was a mixed bag, and hit and miss for me on several points. There were a lot of characters in this book, normally that isn’t an issue, but many didn’t feel significant in the story. I would have liked to have seen more emphasis given to many others. Overall, I thought the book was an entertaining, and fun read with a talking spider named Chester. I really liked Chester as a character with her wicked sense of humor, but as the plot unfolded I found myself wanting to know more about her and what her motivations were. She helped Clive navigate his love life and work status but it always felt like there was something more to know about Chester. Clive, the protagonist, started off as a wise ass and fun, but the more I got to know him the more I became confused about him. Detective Rielly was my favorite, she felt the most well written and believable. The book had a strong start, but I became less and less sure about where it was going. I kept expecting that ‘a ha’ moment and I didn’t feel like I got one.
Length: 352 Pages
Publisher: Bloodshot Books
Release date: December 17, 2017
Clive Menard is just an ordinary guy living an ordinary life.
But when a talking spider crawls inside his head, things get a lot less ordinary…and people start dying.
Could an itsy-bitsy arachnid be behind the killing spree terrorizing Clive’s community?
To evade a sharp detective and find a murderer among friends, Clive must shake the cobwebs loose and piece together the puzzle of his life, all without falling prey to a dark force beyond his comprehension.
A genre-twisting dark comedy, What Hides Within is an EPIC Finalist and Independent eBook Award Runner-Up for Best Horror.
“I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes horror. It will make you cringe. It will make you shudder. It will make you want to take a shower. But you won’t be able to put it down.” – Thomas W. Everson, author of The Rain Experience Trilogy.
Jason Parent, Biography-
In his head, Jason Parent lives in many places, but in the real world, he calls New England his home. The region offers an abundance of settings for his writing and many wonderful places in which to write them. He currently resides in Southeastern Massachusetts with his cuddly corgi named Calypso.
In a prior life, Jason spent most of his time in front of a judge . . . as a civil litigator. When he finally tired of Latin phrases no one knew how to pronounce and explaining to people that real lawsuits are not started, tried and finalized within the 60-minute timeframe they see on TV (it’s harassing the witness; no one throws vicious woodland creatures at them), he traded in his cheap suits for flip flops and designer stubble. The flops got repossessed the next day, and he’s back in the legal field . . . sorta. But that’s another story.
When he’s not working, Jason likes to kayak, catch a movie, travel any place that will let him enter, and play just about any sport (except that ball tied to the pole thing where you basically just whack the ball until it twists in a knot or takes somebody’s head off – he misses the appeal). And read and write, of course. He does that too sometimes.
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