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Monday, August 21, 2023

Book Review: The Watchers by A.M. Shine

The Watchers by A.M. Shine
Genre:  Adult Fiction (Horror)
Date Published: October 14, 2021
Publisher: Head of Zeus

This forest isn't charted on any map. Every car breaks down at its treeline. Mina's is no different. Left stranded, she is forced into the dark woodland only to find a woman shouting, urging Mina to run to a concrete bunker. As the door slams behind her, the building is besieged by screams.

Mina finds herself in a room with a wall of glass, and an electric light that activates at nightfall, when the Watchers come above ground. These creatures emerge to observe their captive humans—and terrible things happen to anyone who doesn't reach the bunker in time.

The Watchers is the debut novel by A.M. Shine. It's a story with a great premise, but a whole lot of down time where not much happens. Once you get past the first half, things start to get more interesting. The Watchers are creepy and extremely intriguing. The more you learn about them , the more I wanted to know. The evil buggers. I want to know if the character's theory of what they are is actually what they are. I really liked the last quarter of the book. That ending leaves so much room for a sequel. And, I really do want to know what happens next. It left a pretty abrupt cliffhanger. I read to escape reality, yet I want the book to be believable at the same time. It's a fine line, and I feel like The Watchers dances along that line perfectly.

After reading this book, I found out it's going to be made into a movie directed by Ishana Night Shyamalan. I love her father's movies, so I'm pretty excited to see what she'll do with it as her directorial debut.

A. M. Shine is an author of Literary Horror from the west of Ireland. It was there that at a young age he discovered a passion for classic horror stories, and where he received his Masters in history, before ultimately sharpening his quill to pursue a life devoted to all things literary and macabre. His writing is inspired by the trinity of horror, history, and superstition, and he has tormented, toyed with, and tortured more characters than he will ever confess to.

To learn more about A. M. Shine and his books, visit his website. You can also find him on Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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