SUCKERS – A Horror Novel by Z. Rider


* I received a free electronic version of SUCKERS in exchange for an honest review. I am under no obligation to give a favorable review, just an honest one.*

I have to start this review by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is not often that I read a horror novel that I consider to be unique. SUCKERS is not only unique, but it is also a compelling story.

Dan, Ray and Jamie together make up the band “Two Tons of Dirt”. Dan and Ray have been best friends since high school. At the beginning of SUCKERS they are close to the end of a two year road trip/concert tour. Jamie is an addict and if he wasn’t such a great drummer they would probably have nothing to do with him. After their latest show Ray and Dan head back to their hotel and decide to take a short cut through a dark alley. They are two grown men, they decide that they can handle anyone who might be lurking in the alley.

What they did not anticipate was being attacked by something with wings. Unsure whether it is a bird or a bat they run for the end of the alley. Before reaching the street in front of their hotel Dan is knocked over by the flying creature and he feels like he has been bitten. With no time to lose they reach the lobby of the hotel. Once inside Dan asks Ray if he is bleeding. He is sure he must be gushing blood, but the only physical evidence of the attack is a scratch on Dan’s cheek and a small red mark on the back of his neck that resembles a mosquito bite.

Now that they are inside and safe, they phone to warn the rest of the band to be careful when leaving the club. Both men are exhausted and Dan has a headache so they try to sleep and prepare to travel to the next stop on their tour.

As the days wear on and the band gets closer to home Dan starts to experience weird symptoms. He has no idea what is happening to him or how to stop it.

At the same time it seems that people are going crazy in the streets. There are attacks by neighbors, friends and even complete strangers.

Ray struggles to help Dan to cope with his symptoms and despite everything he sticks by his side. The question is not only if Dan will survive, but will anyone.

Often I find that horror novels rely on shock factors and gore to scare readers. In SUCKERS these cheap tactics are completely unnecessary. The story itself compels, enthralls and terrifies the reader. This is exactly what a great horror novel should do.

What is also unique about this book is the fact that it is not just a horror novel. This is also a story about family and friendship and just how far people will go to aid and protect the people they love.

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RATING: I give this book an enthusiastic 5 out of 5 stars and have already recommended it to several of my friends and coworkers



Z. Rider grew up in New Hampshire and lives in the mountains of northeast Tennessee, where she spends most of her time in a windowless basement basking in the glow of computer screens, except when she’s out on the deck swing reading a book, or running off to catch a concert somewhere. Suckers is her first horror novel. Her second, Man Made Murder, will be released October 13, 2015.

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