Title: The Rascal
Author Name & Publisher: Eric Arvin (Wilde City)
Publication Date & Length: October 7, 2015 – 220 pgs
Lana is a faded movie star who lives alone in a big house on a hill that overlooks the sea. She has lived this way since the death of her daughter and the disappearance of her husband.
Jeff and Chloe are a couple who live in a cabin below the big house. It was Chloe’s idea to strengthen their marriage; but she see’s now that it isn’t working. Jeff has become obsessed with the cabin and the old water well. Chloe only sees strangeness around her.
One night while talking on the computer with Ethan, Jeff’s brother, a feeling of dread comes to the fore. When Ethan sees a figure behind Chloe, he leaves his boyfriend and baby and sets out to save Jeff.
Chloe, Ethan and Lana come together to fight an evil that would destroy Jeff. Will they succeed or will all of them fall to the taste of a young cannibalistic ghost?
Wow this book was terrifyingly scary!
Okay this book was mainly M/F even though the two MC’s did not like each other in fact I believe they hated each other so in no way shape or form would I call this anything other than a very good horror book. Yes you do see little parts of Ethan from his POV who is Jeff’s brother and also in a relationship with a man named Keaton, they also have a baby.
Everything that happened in this book to Jeff’s inner dialogue which was really dark and crazy even before he started getting visits from the Rascal to the Rascal which that dark ghost was terrifying.
So in this book Jeff and Chloe buy a cottage trying to reconnect after what Chloe had done to Jeff. Well Jeff pretty much hates her now and vice versa. Then all these bad things happen and the things that go bump in the night. Let me tell you do not read this book in the dark like I did I am sitting here still freaked out by what happened in this book. Then there was the ending where I am sitting there wanting to yell through the book Keaton take bug and run right now!
The ending in this book was so messed up I was just sitting there stunned for the longest time. I have to say this was one of the darkest books I have read in a long time and I loved it! Because you are sitting there thinking everything will be all right things are looking okay Chloe and Ethan have figured out what to do then Mind Blown!!! What just happened, that was not supposed to happen…Then you are sad because why did that have to happen! So if you are in the mood for a very good horror book were you are sitting there wondering who is more scarier one of the MC’s or the thing that goes bump in the night I can not recommend this book enough! I really loved this book because there is nothing better then reading a book were the author has pulled you in the story so much that you feel like jumping when something happens to one of the characters.
“Some of [Arvin’s] work is as direct as Hemingway with the sensitivity of O’Connor or Shields, and yet others nuanced as if Maupin wrote a letter to Penthouse.” – Thom Fitzgerald, director THE HANGING GARDEN
Eric Arvin resides in the same sleepy Indiana river town where he grew up. He graduated from Hanover College with a Bachelors in History. He has lived, for brief periods, in Italy and Australia. He has survived brain surgery and his own loud-mouthed personal demons. Eric is the author of WOKE UP IN A STRANGE PLACE, THE MINGLED DESTINIES OF CROCODILES & MEN, SUBSURDITY, SIMPLE MEN, and various other sundry and not-so-sundry writings. He intends to live the rest of his days with tongue in cheek and eyes set to roam.