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REVIEW: “The Rascal” by Eric Arvin


Lana is a faded movie star who lives alone in a big house on a hill that overlooks the sea. She has lived this way since the death of her daughter and the disappearance of her husband.

Jeff and Chloe are a couple who live in a cabin below the big house. It was Chloe’s idea to strengthen their marriage; but she see’s now that it isn’t working. Jeff has become obsessed with the cabin and the old water well. Chloe only sees strangeness around her.

One night while talking on the computer with Ethan, Jeff’s brother, a feeling of dread comes to the fore. When Ethan sees a figure behind Chloe, he leaves his boyfriend and baby and sets out to save Jeff.

Chloe, Ethan and Lana come together to fight an evil that would destroy Jeff. Will they succeed or will all of them fall to the taste of a young cannibalistic ghost?


Title: The Rascal

Author: Eric Arvin
Publisher: Wilde City
Pages: 220
Release Date: October 7, 2015
Purchase Links: Amazon, Wilde City


Sometimes I can’t resist when I know I should. I’ve got a weak spot for a handful of things in my life and Eric Arvin’s words are one of them. This book was absolutely terrifying and I had a serious love/hate whiplash relationship with it. I loved the voice but hated the words. I shoulda known better…I simply can’t handle horror. It was sweet pain and if you are a fan of the creepy, freaky monsters in the night, this is the book for you.

Before I get any further I should mention that this is not a m/m story. There happens to be a gay secondary character but his partner is merely a blip on the horizon. What it IS is a scary ghost story. A haunting to be exact and it is brilliantly horrific.

Jeff and Chloe are on the brink of destruction. Correction- they are attempting to recover from a devastating blow but they both know the attempts are futile. Jeff has mentally and emotionally checked out of their marriage. When you discover the reason behind his impotent give-a-shit-button, you will empathize and understand his cold heart. Chloe is grasping at sand in the wind but refusing to give up.
They both fake one final attempt with a move to a quiet cabin in the woods. Their new home requires more attention than their broken relationship and Jeff relishes in the distractions. He is instantly captivated by a mysterious well outside their cabin. Before long it becomes an obsession and it threatens to destroy the frail pieces of their life.

Sadly there’s not a lot I can share without breaking the mysterious shroud covering this dreadful tale.
The decrepit actress has her secrets.
Chloe has her secrets.
The HOUSE has it’s own petrifying secrets.

The answers are revealed and I detested all of them. I struggled to finish. It took me weeks to complete and I glared at my kindle the whole time….while truthfully, I was just afraid. I didn’t want to know anymore. I should have given up, thrown the white dnf towel….but I couldn’t. I wish I would have.
The ending made me shiver, weep, scream NOOOOO and put out an extra nightlight.

I love ya Eric but I can’t handle the nightmares that tagged along with this spooky story.
Read at your own risk…seriously scary shit right here.

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