Monday, June 23, 2014

Book Review: Amity by Micol Ostow

19141361Title: Amity
Author: Micol Ostow
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Edition: eARC (368 pages)
Genre: Mystery

For fans of Stephen King and American Horror Story, a gruesome thriller suggested by the events off the Amityville Horror.
Connor's family moves to Amity to escape shady business deals. Ten years later, Gwen's family moves to Amity for a fresh start after she's recovered from a psychotic break.
But something is not right about this seduced house. Connor's nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons and destruction. Dreams he kind of likes. Gwen has lurid visions of corpses that aren't there and bleeding blisters that disappear in the blink of an eye. She knows Amity is evil and she must get her family out, but who would ever believe her?
Amity isn't just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a bloody end as she's done before. As she'll do it again.
Alternating between parallel narratives, Amity is a tense and terrifying tale suggested by true-crime events that will satisfy even the most demanding horror fan. 

Thank you to EgmontUSA for giving me a copy to read and review!

Amity follows two families: Connor's and Gwen's.

Connor's family moved to Amity because of a business deal that his father had. As soon as they move to the new house, Connor's mother hangs up a sign that says "Amity" on it, thus how the house got it's name. As soon as Connor got to the house, he knew it was different. He didn't know what it was, exactly, but he felt like Amity was a part of him.. or he was a part of it. The thing is, ever since Connor was younger, he knew that there was something different about him. He didn't find things creepy or scary at all. Connor was completely okay with bad things happening. They made him feel alive.

 Connor's twin sister, Julianne, also moved with them. She's pretty much the complete polar opposite of Connor. She's really sweet and nice and does not seem to feel the same things as Connor does about Amity at first, even though they're twins.

Gwen lives ten years later but she also moves to Amity with her family. She can also tell that something is up with the house as soon as she moves there. I mean she's honestly the only one in her family who seems to realize how creepy the house really is. I mean if a creepy house doesn't scream get out then I don't know what does. Plus her family got the house for a really cheap price and it's not small at all. Of course something must be up!

I hadn't read a creepy book in a long time so I was really excited to get the chance to read this one. It was really creepy and I loved how the book was told in two different point of views, which were set ten years apart. It was interesting because their lives intertwined a lot, even though they were ten years apart they were experiencing really similar events thanks to Amity.This book reminded me of the good old days when I used to always read Goosebumps. I also loved how there were historical events tied into the story that I didn't even see coming until the end. There was also major supernatural elements pulled in which was really cool! I'd definitely suggest giving this book a read sometime!


1 comment:

  1. This was a favorite of mine and really got me back into the genre. I really liked your review! I am so glad you commented on one of my posts so I could find your blog!


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