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Friday, July 29, 2016

Consequences by John Quick [4 stars]


From the Description
 
It was a summer of blood and terror... For seven friends, graduation night was supposed to be a time to celebrate the end of their high school careers and the start of their real lives. But when an accident while partying at the local haunted house results in tragedy, they find themselves being hunted by a maniac for whom the stakes are decidedly personal. Thirty years ago, Crazy Freddy hung his family up with barbed wire and skinned them alive. Now, the survivors can only hope for such a kindness as they are forced to accept that for everything they do, there will be CONSEQUENCES.
 
Publication Date: April 13, 2016

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing

Publication Length: 272 pages


 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. To find out more about John Quick, Consequences or just to join in the fun follow along with the blog tour hosted by the wonderful Erin Al-Mehairi over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. If you’d like a review copy or interview with John, please e-mail Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at hookofabook@hotmail.com
 
 
 

Consequences is a perfect summer read, reminiscent of the slasher movies that were so prevalent in the 70's and 80's. While no new ground was broken, it didn't matter because this was such a great story to get lost in. The main characters are typical kids just graduating from high school who have to face off with a sociopathic killer and the cop who wants to help them survive. They do stupid things that have you thinking 'Don't go in there! Run!!' as you root for them to make it out alive. The backstory of how Crazy Freddy murdered his family grabbed me from the start and set the tone for the rest of the book. Consequences is John Quick's debut novel and it makes me excited to see what horrific goodness he comes up with in the future. I recommend this fun and nostalgic 4 star read.


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About the Author
 
 
John Quick has been reading and writing scary and disturbing stuff for as long as he can remember, and has only recently begun releasing some of his creations upon the world.

His debut novel, Consequences is available now as a paperback or digital eBook. He lives in Middle Tennessee with his wife, two kids, and three dogs that think they’re kids.
 
When he’s not hard at work on his next novel, you can find him online at johnquickauthor.blogspot.com , Facebook , Twitter , and GoodReads
 
 
Praise for Consequences
 
 
"The book begins with a bang, "Thirty years ago, Crazy Freddy hung his family up with barbed wire and skinned them alive." That is from the description, and that is enough for me to fall into the fabric that was woven by John Quick in his first published novel. The story is well constructed. The violence, brutal, and the action moves along at a fast pace.As a whole, I think, Consequences heralds the arrival of a new voice in the genre, and it is one we should all listen to, or suffer the consequences." -Douglas Vance Castagna, Reviewer, Author of Lust

"John Quick takes you inside the mind of a psycho path in this thriller. I read it in only two sittings because the pacing kept me turning the pages. Very well written, I enjoyed the dialogue very much, especially the young people being hunted by the killer, it felt believable and well developed, his characters weren't one dimensional, you get a chance to know them and feel for them as they are put through such horror. And horror it had, and suspense...I enjoyed the killing scenes, though some might shy away from them, I found them to be terrifyingly real. It played out in my mind as the pages turned in a great horror/thriller in my imagination. Well done! Can't wait to see more from this writer." -Michelle Garza, Co-Author of Mayan Blue
"This book felt like a good old fashioned slasher flick, and I thoroughly enjoyed the nostalgia factor I was getting off of it. There’s something deliciously creepy about a villain that is convinced that he is in the right - it’s the kind of crazy you just can’t reason with. The kids were smarter than the killer reckoned for, and it made for some really entertaining reading. I hope to see more from this author soon!" -Emily Maynard, Reviewer, Paging Through the Days
 
"What we have here is a serial killer horror story, based on an urban legend in Quick’s real-life neck of the woods in Tennessee. The character work here is pretty impressive, particularly for a first-time novelist. Quick goes to some deliriously dark places and pulls off his scenes of torture and violence rather well." -Michael Hicks, Author, Reviewer
 
"A well-written, well-executed, well-played novel, a horror-thriller, coming-of-age, first-love-blossoming, rural redneck insanity, CONSEQUENCES is a biting, gory, thrill-a-minute roller coaster ride in which the suspense never lets up." -Mallory Heart Reviews / The Haunted Reading Room