Haven – Tom Deady; A Review

Narration by: Matt Godfrey

In 1961, the small town of Haven thought they’d gotten rid of their monster. After a series of child killings, Paul Greymore was caught carrying a wounded girl. His face, disfigured from a childhood accident, seemed to confirm he was the monster the community hoped to banish. With Paul in prison, the killings stopped.

For 17 years, Haven was peaceful again. But Paul served his time and has now returned to Haven – the town where he grew up, and the scene of his alleged crimes. Paul insists he didn’t commit those crimes, and several townspeople believe him including the local priest, a young boy named Denny, and his best friend Billy.

Trouble is, now that Paul is back home, the bizarre killings have started again – and the patterns match the deaths from Haven’s past. If Paul isn’t the killer, who is?

Or what is? An unlikely band of adventurers attempts to uncover the truth, delving into long-hidden tunnels that might actually be inhabited by a strange, predatory creature.

Haven is a compelling horror epic in the spirit of It or Summer of Night, and a stunning debut novel from a gifted author who knows that the darkest horrors lurk inside human beings, even when there is a monster on the loose.

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*I requested and was granted a code for this audio book via BookBoom! to be honestly reviewed*

This book is flipping AMAZING! The plot is good, keeping tension and intrigue throughout; I was entranced and actually a little angry when I’d have to turn it off lol. Superb characters, great monster story, and I loved the redemption and how things were brought to light. I would happily watch this as a full-on movie or miniseries, as long as someone was there to make sure it was done according to the book. Descriptions were incredibly vivid, and I had no problem at all clearly imagining this whole thing in my head. Just fantastic!!

The plot flowed smoothly, everything feeling like it fit in just right. I didn’t feel like it was rushed, nor was it stretched out to for the sake of making the book longer; I think it was written just as the characters told it and experienced it.
5 Stars to the story.

The choice of narrator was on point, too. His voice perfectly matched both the genre and the story itself, and I thought he did a great job with the voice changes. He didn’t always change much, but it was always enough to tell which character was speaking. His tension and emotion fit perfectly, as well, and I am definitely a fan! Very well done, and I hope to hear more from this narrator. I would actually love to hear more from this narrator and author together, they seem to make an awesome duo!
5 Stars to the narration.

Overall, Bob says: 5 Full on Platypires, and most definitely one of my favorite reads this year!

*This review was originally posted on https://www.platypire.com/bob

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