Will Haunt You by Brian Kirk – Book Review

Rumors of a deadly book have been floating around the dark corners of the deep web. A disturbing tale about a mysterious figure who preys on those who read the book and subjects them to a world of personalized terror.

Jesse Wheeler―former guitarist of the heavy metal group The Rising Dead―was quick to discount the ominous folklore associated with the book. It takes more than some urban legend to frighten him. Hell, reality is scary enough. Seven years ago his greatest responsibility was the nightly guitar solo. Then one night when Jesse was blackout drunk, he accidentally injured his son, leaving him permanently disabled. Dreams of being a rock star died when he destroyed his son’s future. Now he cuts radio jingles and fights to stay clean.

But Jesse is wrong. The legend is real―and tonight he will become the protagonist in an elaborate scheme specifically tailored to prey on his fears and resurrect the ghosts from his past.

Jesse is not the only one in danger, however. By reading the book, you have volunteered to participate in the author’s deadly game, with every page drawing you closer to your own personalized nightmare. The real horror doesn’t begin until you reach the end.

That’s when the evil comes for you.

You don’t read the book. It reads you.

Dark Reads Review

4.5 Stars!

I was sent an ARC of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Flame Tree Press, Brian Kirk and NetGalley.

I was super excited when I came across this book on NetGalley, it sounded dark, creepy and right up my street!

I really enjoyed this book, being narrated in the first person is a plus for me, it gives a real insight into Jesse’s character and thoughts as he is plunged in to a relentless living nightmare that exploits he deepest darkest thoughts, secrets and mistakes and forces him to face them head on.

The beginning of the book was brilliantly creepy, I was hooked from the first page! I felt the story lost a little momentum in the middle of the book and got a little confused for a minute, but things soon came together as the story moved on and the suspense soon picked up again. The creeping feeling of dread was never far away with this book.

I loved the notion of never being 100% sure of what was real and what was fantasy, the raw vulnerability of a person being forced to face the darkness in their own mind, and ultimately how sometimes the mind is in control of the person and not the person in control of the mind.

Psychological horror at its best.

The book raises lots of questions for the reader, I just love ambiguity in a book, Kirk didn’t give me all of the answers which was great!

This is my first Brian Kirk read and it won’t be the last.

I would certainly recommend this book, it was depraved, creepy and mind bending.

Will Haunt You is released on the 14th March 2019 (tomorrow!) Get your copy here – you don’t want to miss out on this one!

  • Hardcover: 240 Pages
  • Publisher: Flame Tree Press
  • ISBN-10: 1787581381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1787581388
  • Price: £20/$24.95
  • Pub Date: 14th March 2019

About The Author

Brian Kirk is a Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author of dark thrillers and psychological suspense.

His debut novel, We Are Monsters, was released in July 2015. In addition to being nominated for a Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, We Are Monsters was optioned for film development by Executive Producer, Jason Shuman.

His short fiction has been published in many notable magazines and anthologies. Most recently, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories and Behold! Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders,where his work appears alongside multiple New York Times bestselling authors.

During the day, Brian works as a freelance marketing and creative consultant. His experience working on large, integrated advertising campaigns for international companies has helped him build an effective author platform, and makes him a strong marketing ally for his publishing partners. In addition, Brian has an eye for emerging media trends and an ability to integrate storytelling into new technologies and platforms.

While he’s worked to make this bio sound as impressive as possible, he’s actually a rather humble guy who believes in hard work and big dreams. Feel free to connect with him through one of the following channels. Don’t worry, he only kills his characters.

5 thoughts on “Will Haunt You by Brian Kirk – Book Review

  1. So glad to see another review on this from someone who enjoyed it! It was a really fun read and your review definitely captures some of my own thoughts when I read this book! 🙂

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    1. I thought it was a brilliant read! I loved the blurred lines between fantasy and reality. Love a good mind bending book 😀

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      1. Oh my gosh- yes! I mean I have it written in my notes “Is this just another illusion??” several times because even I wasn’t sure what was real and what wasn’t.

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      2. I know! Some didn’t like the confusion but I felt it made me feel more involved in the book and how Jesse was feeling! It was a plus for me!

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