Good Reads Challenge Book Review: Horrorstor
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“Life doesn’t care what you want, other people don’t care what you want. All that matters is what you do.”
– Grady Hendrix, Horrorstor
Happy weekend people! I hope you’re doing well, taking care of your body as well as your mind, drinking plenty of water, enjoying some fun activities, and checking in with friends and family.
My book progress is at warp speed. But as I mentioned, I mostly listen to audiobooks, but what I’m currently reading is an unedited [advanced] copy of Mister Magic by Kiersten White, thanks to Net Galley. This book has been high on my list of anticipated horror/thriller novels, so I’ve stopped everything just to read it.
I’m still several books behind via reviews, but today I’m reviewing Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix. I will do a more in-depth review via a podcast coming soon.
Title | Horrorstor
Author | Grady Hendrix
Pages | 248
Published | September 2014
Genre | Horror, Paranormal, Thriller
GR Rating | 3.66
Purchase | Amazon
Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.
My Rating & Review (4.00)
What would it be like to work at an Ikea-Esq store that has portals to another space in time, perhaps built on a sacred burial ground? Well, my friends, that’s Horrorstor in a nutshell.
This audiobook gave me a chuckle because, at the beginning of every chapter, the store highlights a different piece of furniture and its effectiveness in streamlining your means of living. That other famous Scandinavian store is mentioned, but not by the way.
“There are enough people running around in here. It’s starting to feel like an episode of Scooby-Doo.”
Grady Hendrix delivers another great, bizarre horror novel with just enough gore to make you want more. What’s not to love about staff roaming around Orsk (the Scandinavian-all-things store) in the dead of night, trying to find out who’s been vandalizing the room scapes overnight? I imagine it wouldn’t be as cheery and bright as it is during the day. During the day, the store is filled with customers sitting in the mock room-scapes and discussing what furniture works best.
“She didn’t expect life to be fair, but did it have to be so relentless?”
However, at night shrouded in darkness, with no music or announcements streaming about sales and specials, no hum of people, or the smell of the food from the cafeteria, must be overwhelming to the senses.
There is an evil force at play in the store as the staff charged to catch the vandals goes missing one by one. Seeing shapes and apparitions and discovering strange hallways and false doors opening to the unknown is scary as hell. What slips through the cracks will give these Orsk employees a night they will never forget. Some will keep searching, and some will never go home.
“It’s complicated. But pain and fear have a way of simplifying things.”
My Good Reads Progress
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