08 November 2013

[BLOG TOUR] Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan

Title: Nightmare City
Author: Andrew Klavan
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Date of Release: November 5th 2013
Pages: 320
Source: *Received in exchange for an honest review*

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What should have been an ordinary morning is about to spiral into a day of unrelenting terror.

As a reporter for his high school newspaper, Tom is always on the lookout for an offbeat story. But from the moment he woke up this morning, his own life has been more bizarre than any headline could ever tell.

The streets of his town are suddenly empty and silent. A strange fog has drifted in from the sea and hangs over everything. And something is moving in that fog. Something evil. Something hungry. Closing in on Tom.

Tom's terrified girlfriend Marie says the answers lie at the Santa Maria Monastery, a haunted ruin standing amidst a forest blackened by wildfire. But can he trust her? A voice that seems to be coming from beyond the grave is warning him that nothing is what it seems. "Only one thing is certain: with his world collapsing around him, Tom has only a few hours to recover the life he knew - before he, too, is lost forever in this nightmare city."
Chilling, spine-tingling and completely thrilling, this story will have you clutching your baseball bats ready for the Malevolents inevitable attack... when the fog descends! The cover doesn't give too much away at first glance, however upon further reflection and after reading this book I can now pick out the significance of his camera, the fog and the tall building. And if you look really closely, you may catch a peak at one of the Malevolents.

Tom is a reporter, always searching for a story to grace the minds of his fellow high school students with. And he can't help his reporters inner voice when he stumbles upon a story that could make national news. But when he reveals it, he doesn't receive congratulations instead he receives a death sentence.  As Tom attempts to find out the background details to his story, he must overcome hurdles that will test his stamina, bravery and his reporter brain to unravel and figure out the puzzles ahead of him.

Tom is a very likeable and enjoyable character to read about; his bravery and perseverance is to be admired as even when he comes faced with a decision, he will always stick and stand-his-ground with the truth and his articles. I also liked the way he had a really strong relationship with his brother of which was reflected throughout the story; especially with tips and phrases he would say, and suggestions of which we could pin point their source through the flashbacks.

The plot of this story was not at all what I expected, particularly the danger and the direction this story would follow. It was gripping, unique and I felt myself moving closer to the edge of my seat after every page I turned! Particularly the parts of which involved the Malevolents, with the doubt always in the back of your head that they will creep up on him in any moment. I also enjoyed the twists in the tales and the extent of how far some people would go to keep the truth secret, furthermore the power of the press!

This is a book of which will grip you from the very beginning and additionally allows you to solve the riddle alongside Tom. This is a hair-raising story, grabbing you from all corners as if it is alive... like a Malevolent.

Andrew Klavan is a best-selling, award-winning thriller novelist whose books have been made into major motion pictures. He broke into the YA scene with the bestselling Homelanders series, starting with The Last Thing I Remember.He is also a screenwriter and scripted the innovative movie-in-an-app Haunting Melissa.

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