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Monday, July 11, 2016

Stolen Away by Kristin Dearborn [4 stars]




From the Description
 
Trisha will admit she’s made a few mistakes in her life but that checkered past is behind her. She loves her kids, even if it’s tough being a single mom. But her loyalties are put to the test when her infant son disappears in the middle of the night, and his big sister says a monster took him.

Now Trisha has to face the full truth behind the one-night-stand that produced Brayden in all its scaly torridness
Brayden’s father wasn’t human and isn’t interested in sharing custody. However, even though DEMON has pulled this stunt many times before, he made a mistake when he chose Trisha. The one thing she won’t do is give up her son without a fight. Along with her ex-boyfriend, Joel, Trisha is dragged back into the seedy underworld in a desperate fight to reclaim her son, only this time she’s got a lot more to lose.


Publication Date: June 21, 2016

Publisher: Raw Dog Screaming Press

Publication Length: 281 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 book. For more information about Stolen Away or Kristen Dearborn follow along with the blog tour hosted by the always fabulous Erin Al-Mehairi over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. There is always time to jump on a tour so if interested, please e-mail Erin at hookofabook@hotmail.com for a review copy or to schedule an interview.
 
 

Stolen Away takes the already horrific kidnapping of a child into a whole new kind of hell. Books about demons can be kind of hit or miss for me due to the religious overtones associated with possessions and exorcisms but Stolen Away skips this with great characters and terrifying situations. Kristin Dearborn has written characters with such depth and realism that they feel like people you know. Trisha and Joel are flawed yet sympathetic. I didn't always like them but I was rooting for them throughout the entire book. Demon would have been pure evil even without being a supernatural bad guy. There are parts of this story that are heartbreaking and parts that have truly disturbing imagery. The combination makes this story move very quickly and I didn't want to put it down, I just had to know what was going to happen next. I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced 4 star read.


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About the Author
 
 
If it screams, squelches, or bleeds, Kristin Dearborn has probably written about it. Kristin has written books such as Sacrifice Island (DarkFuse), Trinity (DarkFuse), and had fiction published in several magazines and anthologies. Stolen Away was recently a limited edition offered from Thunderstorm Books, which sold out.

She revels in comments like "But you look so normal…how do you come up with that stuff?" A life-long New Englander, she aspires to the footsteps of the local masters, Messrs. King and Lovecraft. When not writing or rotting her brain with cheesy horror flicks (preferably creature features!) she can be found scaling rock cliffs or zipping around Vermont on a motorcycle, or gallivanting around the globe. Kristin’s latest DarkFuse release is Woman in White.
 
Find more about Kristin online at kristindearborn.com or Facebook




Praise for Kristin Dearborn
 
 
"In Stolen Away, Kristin Dearborn writes with a confidence and ferocity that demands you keep turning pages. Where lesser writers would flinch and look away, Dearborn tells the tale the way it should be, with cruelty and fascination for both her characters and the story. Kristin Dearborn isn’t just a writer to watch, she’s a writer to watch out for. If she’s swinging, you might want to duck, because she hits hard!Bracken MacLeod, author of Mountain and Stranded

"Kristin Dearborn’s fast-paced horror thriller, Stolen Away, will possess readers as they strap in for a demonic thrill ride of sin and redemption."Stephanie M. Wytovich, author of An Exorcism of Angels

"Gripping nonstop suspense and unsettling horror that blazes the pages from start to finish. You’ll swear Stolen Away was written by a seasoned veteran of best-selling novels. Expect to want more after reading the second novel by Kristin Dearborn, an author whose work will shoot her straight to the top of reading lists."Rena Mason, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Evolutionist

"Kristin Dearborn catapults readers into an intricately layered world that is bleak and terrifying but never so damned as to be without hope or redemption. If the devil, so to speak, is in the details, then this book raises hell, exploring not just demons internal as well as external, but also all the beautiful, heart-wrenching, contradictorily complex, powerful little things that define human experience. This book earns a prominent place of the bookshelf of any fan of demonic fiction." Mary SanGiovanni, author of The Hollower trilogy and Chills

"Horror born straight from a nor’easter, Dearborn’s Woman in White is a great read for a winter nightwith a monster I’ll never forget." Christopher Irvin, author of Federales and Burn Cards

"Kristin Dearborn’s Woman in White is a rip-roaring monster tale with sharp-eyed characterization and something to say about the power dynamics between men and woman. Thought-provoking and entertaining as hell!" Tim Waggoner, author of Eat the Night

"Great stuff! Suspenseful, quickly paced, unpredictable and wonderfully evil tale. Kristin Dearborn’s best yet!" Jeff Strand, author of Pressure and Blister

"Dearborn has a wonderful sense of the macabre, along with the ability to balance the spookier aspects of her work with well-rendered, solid characterizations…Sacrifice Island is a blazing fast read, with engaging characters and a compelling narrative." The Maine Edge

"Sacrifice Island is a fresh and interesting take on a tried and true horror setup." Examiner