Friday 7 January 2022

CROSSROADS by Laurel Hightower


CrossroadsCrossroads by Laurel Hightower
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've had my eye on this novella for a while and mentioned it to hubby a few weeks ago. So, he ordered it for me and it arrived the other day... and I couldn't wait to read it.

No matter how much time passes, Chris can't get over the death of her son. She thinks about him all the time, talks to him, and visits the spot where he died every single day. What starts as an accidental drop of blood hitting the dirt soon becomes so much more...

Yikes. Wow. So awesome I finished it in two sittings because I was hooked.

This story is really something. It's dark and sad, addictive, full of disturbing incidents that really take the main character to some very dark places. And even features quite a few gruesome scenes.

Chris might start out as a grieving mother having a hard time letting go of her son, but she soon finds herself in a very (very) dark mindscape that goes beyond. A place where she convinces herself she can bring him back. An impossible task she often questions herself but ultimately chooses to follow at her own peril.

Reading this story was like being thrown into an obsessive, claustrophobic nightmare. I was witness to an unstoppable unravelling and wanted so desperately to talk some sense into Chris but, at the same time, could totally see why she was falling hard and fast down this terrible dark hole.

Sometimes, when we're suffering, we convince ourselves that there's sense where there isn't. That the possibility of seeing the person we love the most is worth any sacrifice... but as a horror fans, we know how that turns out. 😣

Which gave this story an even deeper sense of grief, because Chris knew better. She was a horror fan, so she should've known better. But her crushing grief was just too damn strong. A heavy blanket burying her deeper each day until she couldn't see past her bizarre plan.

This is a fantastic novella. Believe all the great things everyone is saying because Laurel's sad and horrific story is definitely worth your time.

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