Today, I’m reviewing Screams You Hear by James Morris.
Screams You Hear
Genre: Horror/ YA
Publication Date: January 8, 2018
Murder and madness infect a small town.
For sixteen-year-old Ruthie Stroud, life on tiny Hemlock Island in the Pacific Northwest is an endless sea of boring green, in a place where everybody knows everybody’s business and nothing ever happens. Then her world is ripped apart when her parents divorce and a new man enters her mother’s life. But worse is yet to come.
When she drifts ashore on the mainland, hideously burned, Ruthie has a harrowing tale to tell. It begins with the murder of a family. It ends with her being the sole survivor of a cataclysm that sweeps her little island. As a detective attempts to unravel Ruthie’s story of murder and madness, only one horrifying conclusion can be drawn: whatever was isolated on remote Hemlock Island may now have come to the mainland. Is Ruthie safe? Is anyone?
Whoa. Have you ever set down a book and felt like you were letting out a breath you’d been holding for quite a while? That’s exactly how I felt when I finished Screams You Here.
I’m a horror fan. I really enjoy reading (and watching) things that genuinely scare me. This was genuinely scary. The premise itself is pretty terrifying. Living on an island when suddenly all hell breaks loose, and you can’t find a way off. The descriptions of the horrors that are happening on this island are enough to cause nightmares.
I really love James Morris’ writing style. We jump back and forth in time, as Ruthie tells the detective what happened. I never felt confused, I always knew when we were in the story. It is well written, fast-paced, and shocking. Three things that are necessary for this type of novel.
The cast of characters are phenomenal. I really felt like I knew each person, and I grew attached to them as the story was revealed. Ruthie was a perfect narrator. She felt real, and it was very convincing.
I don’t want to give anything away, so I will just reiterate how shocked and in awe I was upon finishing my read through. This is one novel you’ll want to fasten your seatbelts to read, because you’re in for a crazy and fantastic ride.
About the Author
James Morris is a television writer who now works in digital media. He is the author of the young adult thriller What Lies Within, the dystopian love story Melophobia, the young adult suspense Feel Me Fall, and the young adult horror Screams You Hear. When not writing, you can find him scoping out the latest sushi spot, watching ‘House Hunters Renovation’, or trying new recipes in the kitchen. He lives with his wife and dog in Los Angeles. Catch him at jamesmorriswriter.com.
I received this book from R&R Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. (If you would like to receive a copy in exchange for a review, click the link to be taken to the R&R Book Tours page. It’s available for another month!! 😊)
Have you read this book? What did you think? If you haven’t, does it sound like something you would enjoy? Let me know!