Monday, September 18, 2017

Alone by Cyn Balog

Cover art courtesy of Goodreads
WHAT A RUSH. This book was insane! Alone by Cyn Balog follows Seda, her 4 siblings, and her mother. The family lives in a secluded mansion at the top of a hill, which Seda's mother had inherited and originally set out to refurbish and sell. The kicker here is that the mansion was previously a murder mystery inn, with props, hidden passageways, and secrets lurking around every corner, and now Seda's mother is thinking of keeping it and living there...permanently.

One snowy night, a few stranded teenagers show up seeking shelter, and Seda tries her best to turn them away, knowing things about herself and the house that mean danger for the group. But she fails, and soon the group, along with Seda and her siblings, are immersed in a murder mystery scavenger hunt that soon turns deadly.

I absolutely adored this book. It was a great blend of The Shining and Halloween, with a little Friday the 13th mixed in. It was fast-paced and thrilling, with a creepy, gripping plot that wouldn't let me put it down. And what a plot twist! I never would have seen that ending coming in a million years, and I love that it wasn't predictable. Seda was an incredibly fascinating, albeit twisted, character, and her awkward interactions with others were spot on. The murder mystery premise was great, as were the vivid descriptions of this creepy old house. And without spoilers (you'll know what I mean when you read it) OMG THE FREEZER!

My biggest complaint was that too much time was spent leading up to the murder mystery scavenger hunt, and not enough time on the hunt itself. Also, as much as I loved the ending something about it seemed a little too unrealistic for me. It was incredibly graphic as well (which I don't mind at all), but if you're squeamish this might not be the book for you. But overall, this was a great thriller with a phenomenal cast of characters and a plot that's to die for...literally.

Alone by Cyn Balog hits shelves on November 7, 2017!

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

A huge thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for sending me an ARC of this book!

9 comments:

Bella Lacy said...

Sounds spooky, perfect fall read!

Terri said...

I have a hard time with books like this. My imagination runs wild and doesn't always shut down when I go to bed. I'm a big wimp.

Morgan Smith said...

Ooooh this sounds so creepy! I definitely want to read it!

Tangled in Text said...

This sounds like a great read!

Just Another Girl and Her Books said...

This sounds like a great, spooky read for Halloween. Great review. - Katie

Whispering Stories said...

Sounds like a great plot. I'll have to add to my Halloween reads list.

DJ Sakata said...

this looks super scary!

Jen Loves Books said...

Really sounds spooky, but such a good read for October!

Isatta Thorlu-Bangura said...

I see you love thrillers. I am a scaredy cat, but not the pathetic kind...just the turns on all lights in the house kind. I can not rrad a book that sounds this scary...