This was another novel I anxiously requested to read from the people at Blackthorn Book Tours. Unfortunately, the book wasn’t for me. The good thing is that I really think I am missing something when I’m reading and so I think the true meat of the novel is getting lost on me. I’m not sure why this is, I just know that it wasn’t going to work out for me.
The blurb fully did its job and did it very well because I was beside myself ready to read this novel. Here’s the blurb:
About Netted – The Beginning
When a serial killer pulls Dale and Jessica into his world of torture and murder, they are left fighting to escape the clutches of a sadistic cult leader.
Dale simply wanted to rebound from a failed relationship. Now, he is fighting to escape abduction.
Jessica’s curiosity led her onto the dark web where she found The Silent Red Room Show. She admired the show from afar…until she found herself sucked in.
Will these perfect strangers survive the dark web? Or will they become a part of a vicious serial killer’s deadly collection?
Yet, as I read and read, the plot became less and less clear to me and I felt like nothing was making any sense or falling into place. Now, this novel is fifteen chapters. I read seven. By the time I started the eighth I still found myself wondering what I was reading and what was going on, trying to put it together as I read it but just couldn’t seem to get there. I also make notes in the margins when I am reading something so I can go back and refresh on what I’ve read, put my immediate thoughts down instead of trying to wait or coordinate them separately and so I can continue to put things in the story together so at any time it could be something I am able to summarize for someone else.
And still, like I said, seven chapters into a fifteen-chapter novel and I honestly couldn’t tell you the plot of the story. A lot of it seems like we are just following two messed up people in their messed-up lives. There’s mention of a serial killer in the blurb and seven chapters in I was still waiting for the killer to appear in the story. Also, seven chapters in, I was left wondering where all the horror aspects were. I mean, I’m approximately half way through the novel and no horror and no violence and this is supposed to be a horror novel. That was frustrating because I started to feel like the blurb was misleading or maybe a mistake and meant for another book almost. The largest part of the novel that I read that pertained to the Jessica character was a very long piece which seemed to be nothing but this Jessica chick complaining.
I read through chapter eight. I still didn’t know where this story was going and there was still nothing very horror to it in my opinion. So, I stopped reading it. I can’t spend so much time and effort on reading something that makes as much sense to me as it would if it were in Greek. My reading list for review requests in topping thirty or so titles and I’ve had to move on from some novels if they just weren’t clicking for me. I do think that reading eight out of fifteen chapters is giving the novel a fair try. It just wasn’t for me.
Because of this, it is very difficult for me to sum anything up or talk about how it’s actually written or address characters and plot, etc.
I do commend this author for their effort because I can at least tell that this wasn’t an easy piece of work to put together and complete. So, props to them for that.
But as far as a recommendation, I will just leave that up to readers to decide for themselves from the blurb. Maybe in reading the novel they will get something I missed. I do want people to feel like they can give this a chance. I just think a lot of the content matter may have been lost on me. So, keep in mind my rating is from my own personal experience reading the book.
About the Author
K.T. Rose is a horror, thriller, and dark fiction writer from Detroit, Michigan. She posts suspense and horror flash fiction on her blog at kyrobooks.com and is the author of a suspenseful short story series titled Trinity of Horror, an erotic thriller novel titled When We Swing, and A Dark Web Horror Series. She also writes supernatural and paranormal horror novels and short stories.