Looking for a good book to read for Halloween? Then look no further than Iseult Murphy‘s 7 Weeks in Hell from her Seventh Hell Series. It’s the first book in the series and is probably one of the most captivating takes that I’ve read on this staple Halloween monster – the zombie. Read my full review below to see why.
This was the most imaginative and unique story I’ve read in a long time that pertained to any kind of common monster type. At first, I was a little hesitant because I believed there was only so much you could do with zombies, but this author had such a way with twists and turns that I kept turning the page to find out more!
The story is about two sisters (twins) that are vacationing during Halloween in a very rural village in Ireland. While there, they meet the strange locals who keep them up at all ours of the night with their roaring and moans in the farm fields beyond their rental cabins. On Halloween, they decide to investigate the noises and the mysterious happenings and discover the ancient stone circle being used for some sort of unholy ritual that has all of the townspeople under its spell.
The pace of the book flows well and is at an average pace. The story is divided into each day the sisters are on vacation which I thought was a great way to section the book and help organize the material. Each day has different scene breaks so we can see the story from multiple character point of views. This book isn’t first person, but third person, which I think gave the story clarity. I’m so glad the author chose to write it this way.
I thought the timings of the different plot reveals throughout the story were great! It made for a splendid Halloween mystery and when it was finally explained about what happened to these townspeople, it filled in the plot nicely. I didn’t have too many questions reading this story and the author set it up for the next book in the series.
I love anything that relates to ancient rituals, Druids, the Celts – and this book has a lot of that. The author weaves the myths and legends of old in with this story of what’s going on in the present. It gave the book personality, in my opinion, and really set it apart from some of the other zombie stories I’ve read.
There were a few grammatical mistakes that may have been missed over the proofread, but they weren’t glaring and didn’t detract from the overall enjoyment I got out of reading this story. I also like the book cover because it kind of reminds me of iZombie which is a great T.V. show. I’ll definitely be checking out the next book, 7 Weeks in Hell.
Like always, if you decide to check out this book, don’t forget to leave the author a review! Happy reading!