Heaven’s Peak, Miguel Estrada – A Review.

Heaven’s Peak by Miguel Estrada.

Synopsis… “After the tragic death of his mother, teenage photographer Kevin Miller moves to a new town with his alcoholic father and eight-year-old sister with the hope of bringing the family together and starting over. However, everything changes when Kevin witnesses his sister being kidnapped by a bizarre creature. The police are skeptical, so he decides to unveil the mysteries that surround the town by himself.

On the other side of the investigation, FBI agent Norman James is willing to do anything to solve the baffling case, except believe the nonsense of a traumatized teenager. Meanwhile, newscasts predict a blizzard approaching in the next couple of days, as people in the town begin to behave in strange ways”.

Overall rating 2 out of 5 stars.

My review…

Let me start by saying I was definitely intrigued by this book, it grabbed me from the start and I kept reading until the end because I was determined to find out what happened. But that’s about where my enjoyment ended.

I thought the story was boring and tried to bring in too many different elements of other horror stories, which resulted in a truly strange plot that didn’t really make much sense or explain where the monsters originated from.

The chapters changed POV every single time, and whilst it did build up the intrigue and make me want to keep reading, it mostly just frustrated me because every time we got into something good BAM it was someone new narrating.

For me, this really spoiled the book and meant it took me until about 45% of the way through to warm to any of the characters, until that point I didn’t feel I knew them at all.

Estrada didn’t really expand on the monsters or where they came from, but wasted time writing pointless scenes and chapters that didn’t offer any value to the overall plot line. And at points that made me feel like we were going round in a circle instead of ever reaching an end point.

I did enjoy the ending and I’m extremely glad that it didn’t have a happy ending per se, because that would have made reading this book a complete waste of time.

This book did have potential to be something great if only the author had picked out certain parts and expanded upon them and just completely ignored others.

Let me know if you’ve read Heaven’s Peak and what you thought!

Until next time, Em xxx

Madhouse, Miguel Estrada – A Review. [SPOILERS].

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Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog! I’m here with the first book I’ve read in November! (I have had other reviews go out but these were ones I had stored in my draft folder for weeks lmao). 

So yes here is my first proper review/book reading of November and it is Madhouse by Miguel Estrada. 

My overall rating of this book is 1 out of 5 stars. 

Sigh, where do I begin? This is only a short story, which is fine, I knew that before I started reading but from the start where we are launched straight into finding out Lucas’s parents are getting divorced without any kind of backstory or introduction, it was just too much too soon. 

From here onwards the story itself was just rushed, Lucas leaving home, Lucas getting picked up by a stranger, Lucas being handcuffed to the bed and threatened with a butchers knife, all within a few pages. I know it’s a short story but there was too much in that time period. 

I also struggled to really warm to Lucas, he annoyed me. I know he’s scared of the dark but your survival instinct will take over and you would NOT (no matter what anyone says) run back into the same house where there’s a man running around with a shotgun… Nope. 

There was too much description of the house as well, so it just got confusing with the fast pace of the story and trying to keep up with where Lucas was within the building, which took away from the suspense, as we were left with periods of descriptive text, of the basement for example. 

AND to top off what I found a very boring book, I guessed the ending about halfway through 😦

So, have you read Madhouse? Let me know what you thought! Em xx