29 January, 2018

Mask beneath her face by Rafael Chandler - [Book Review]

Date Published: October 14, 2017
Publisher: Neoplastic Press

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            During the 1980s, slashers terrorized America. With machetes and masks, these unstoppable killers stalked college campuses, quiet suburbs, and lakeside cabins.

            Thirty years ago, Bobbi Metzger survived a massacre at her 16th birthday party. She spent decades putting her life back together.

            Tonight, Bobbi will face a new killer: a high-tech slasher hell-bent on opening the doorway to an abyss of unimaginable horror.

            How long can Bobbi survive this nightmare? What will she do to protect the people she loves?

            How much blood is she willing to spill?

My Review

This is the story of psycho killers, their behavior and feelings and the impact of their torture and continuous fear on their victims. North America was terrorized by people called Slashers in 1980's who used to kill their victims without mercy behind the masks. The story starts with the birthday party of Bobby going wrong because of a serial killer intruding the party and killing all her friends. Though Bobby could escape, the incident scars her life. There is a fear that someday the killer will find out her and take the revenge and there is also the slight courage to find out the killer and stop this happening to anyone else. 

This is not for faint-hearted readers as there is a lot of violence and physical torture descriptions. It is a good thriller with great characters who are unique. Sam is a teacher and a counselor at school who is still recovering from a childhood trauma due to a slasher, whereas his friend Jesse is writing a second book compiling the stories of the survivors of slashers. Jesse wants to provide hope to the victims who couldn't come out of the fear they faced from slashers. Chris is a mysterious character who has a traumatic childhood and feels like there is a spider inside her head which provokes her to kill everybody who goes against her. All characters are convincing and except Chris, everyone tries their best to overcome their fear and help others when the need arises. 

I felt this is more like a psycho thriller than horror. The narration is gripping and though the book is lengthy, it is interesting throughout. The book cover is apt but you might not understand this until you read the book. The title of the book is also perfect.The pace can be faster. Overall, I recommend this to people who love psycho thrillers and can bear reading some violence. 

My Rating: 4/5

Ps: I have received this book from RABT book tours in exchange for a review and this is my honest opinion on the book.

About the Author

Rafael Chandler writes novels (Hexcommunicated, The Astounding Antagonists), video games (SOCOM 4, Rainbow Six: Lockdown, MAG), and tabletop role-playing games (Teratic Tome, No Salvation for Witches, Lusus Naturae). He's a metalhead, gorehound, and kaijuphile. For more information, please visit www.rafaelchandler.com.

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