I received this book for free from blog tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Harrow by Amanda Troyer
on August 27, 2014
Genres: Horror, Paranormal
Source: blog tour
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Sixteen-year-old Brenna doesn’t believe her vivid imagination can hurt her, until she wakes up in a church, covered in blood. Blood that isn’t hers.
She thinks her life can't get much worse, but when she finally finds a way to escape her abusive home, her imagination turns to nightmarish hallucinations.
Niven likes staying inside the abandoned church, hiding from his violent father. The two bond through art and misery, but Brenna knows good things in her life don’t last long.
Her delusions take a horrific turn when she thinks she sees two men gruesomely murdered by a monster in the church basement, but in the end, she’s the one with blood on her hands.
When I first read the blurb for this book – coupled with the hauntingly beautiful cover, I knew this was the book for me.
Immediately we are introduced to Brenna and the cruddy life she lives, not to mention all the problems that her sister Mabel causes for her.When her new friend from school starts investigating the disappearance of his brother the apparently haunting of the abandoned town church comes up. But she doesn’t think things can get any weirder until the day she hides in the abandoned church and meets Niven, the beautiful boy who seems to never go home. He appears to have a life just as bad as Brenna’s and they immediately form a bond.
Harrow is one of those books that creeps up on you with a steady pace that easily keeps you turning pages, only giving you enough information to push you deeper into the depths and needing to know what happens next. When Brenna starts having hallucinations, and weird things start happening I constantly found myself wracking my brain trying to figure out what was going on. I spent a lot of time confused and compelled to read further trying to work everything out. It’s hard for me to say much about this book without giving anything away and spoiling the plot twist.
Troyer is great with her descriptions she paints her picture with ease, and weaves a beautiful story. If you like paranormal mysteries with a touch of horror this book is right up your alley. I definitely enjoyed it, and the ending was a great touch.
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