Welcome to my stop on the Random Things Blog Tour for They Kill by Tim Waggoner. Thank you to Anne, Random Things Tours and Flame Tree Press for inviting me to take part in the Tour and providing me with an advanced copy of the book in return for an honest review
Be sure to check out the other Fabulous bloggers on the Tour!
About The Book
What are you willing to do, what are you willing to become, to save someone you love?
Sierra Sowell’s dead brother Jeffrey is resurrected by a mysterious man known only as Corliss. Corliss also transforms four people in Sierra’s life into inhuman monsters determined to kill her.
Sierra and Jeffrey’s boyfriend Marc work to discover the reason for her brother’s return to life while struggling to survive attacks by this monstrous quartet.
Corliss gives Sierra a chance to make Jeffrey’s resurrection permanent – if she makes a dreadful bargain. Can she do what it will take to save her brother, no matter how much blood is shed along the way?
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Flame Tree Press
- Genre: Low Fantasy/Horror Fantasy/Contemporary Horror
Dark Reads Review
Wow! That was an eventful read!
They Kill throws you right into the action and introduces you to lots of characters in quite quick succession, in some stories this can get really confusing but in this case all were written really well, they all had very different personalities and there was a nice amount of back story for each. Character development in a story is a big thing for me so a thumbs up from me there.
We got to know each character from their own perspective and from Sierra’s POV which made them all really well rounded. I wasn’t confused about who was who at any point.
All of the characters are connected in one way or another to Sierra and all hold some kind of grudge against her, they are all flawed personalities and each is visited by Corliss who turns their personal vices into deadly powers, totally F**ked up deadly powers….
They Kill has some brilliant imagery, with fantastically detailed descriptions, there is gore, body horror and sex all portrayed in the most unscrupulous ways, I was chuckling and cringing (in a good way) on several occasions. Possibly not one for the sensitive reader!
I felt they story was fast paced in the sense that there was action throughout, there was always something depraved happening and I just wanted to know what was going to happen next, I mean what could possibly happen next!?! At the same time there was no explanation as to why things were happening until the end, don’t get me wrong I don’t need answers to everything in a book, I actually really enjoy ambiguity, I found myself enjoying the story but wondering what the point to all of these things happening was and what was Corliss’s motive. There was an explanation at the very end of the book and a really nice twist to go with it, I think I would have felt more engaged with a little bit more clarification earlier on, when we did get it I felt it was a little rushed.
Overall I enjoyed this book, there was brilliant characterisation, extreme gore and body horror, all things I love! I will certainly look to read more from Mr Waggoner.
About The Author
Tim Waggoner has published close to forty novels and three collections of short stories. He writes original dark fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins, and his articles on writing have appeared in numerous publications.
In 2017 he received the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction, he’s been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award, and his fiction has received numerous Honorable Mentions in volumes of Best Horror of the Year.
He’s also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio.