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Chills por Mary SanGiovanni
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Chills (edición 2016)

por Mary SanGiovanni (Autor)

Series: Kathy Ryan (1)

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"True Detective" meets H.P. Lovecraft in this chilling novel of murder, mystery, and slow-mounting dread from acclaimed author Mary SanGiovanni . . .It begins with a freak snowstorm in May. Hit hardest is the rural town of Colby, Connecticut. Schools and businesses are closed, powerlines are down, and police detective Jack Glazier has found a body in the snow. It appears to be the victim of a bizarre ritual murder. It won't be the last. As the snow piles up, so do the sacrifices. Cut off from the rest of the world, Glazier teams up with an occult crime specialist to uncover a secret society hiding in their midst. The gods they worship are unthinkable. The powers they summon are unstoppable. And the things they will do to the good people of Colby are utterly, horribly unspeakable...Praise for the novels of Mary SanGiovanni"A feast of both visceral and existential horror."-F. Paul Wilson on Thrall"Filled to the brim with mounting terror."-Gary A. Braunbeck on The Hollower"Nightmarish and vivid."-FearZone on The Hollower… (más)
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A freak snowstorm hits Colby, Connecticut in mid-May, dropping more than four feet of snow on the small town. The lateness of the storm seems unusual enough, but then a body is discovered hanging from a tree surrounded by strange cultish symbols. local police detectives Jack Glazier and Reece Teagan know it's time to call in Kathy Ryan. Ryan, a detective with knowledge of ritual occult murders, begins investigating the Hand of the Black Stars Cult. The cult is performing rituals and making sacrifices to bring about an event that is too horrific to contemplate. If the detectives can't stop the cult before they complete their mission, unspeakable horrors will be unleashed on the residents of Colby and all of humanity.

This was truly a chilling tale. This fast-paced story is a mix of police procedural and horror, starting with a seemingly innocent late season snow storm and progressing to nightmarish horrors.

Kathy Ryan is a well-developed main character. The author provides enough of her back story to explain why she became a detective and an expert in the occult. The rest of the characters are pretty thinly developed, but I believe that is because this is a fast-paced story that really doesn't require a whole cast of completely developed characters. The story jumped right into the creepiness without getting bogged down in too much unnecessary detail. The ending was satisfying, and set up the possibility of a follow-up book or continuing series.

For me, this story was paced well and most definitely creepy. It definitely gave me the chills -- so I think the title is perfect. A fast-paced, horrific trip into the black abyss of ritual murder and nightmarish monsters!

Don't read this book at home alone during a blizzard! Nightmares will abound! :)

Mary Sangiovanni is no new-comer to the horror genre. She has written several horror novels including The Hallower trilogy, Thrall and The Fading Place. Check out her website here: www.marysangiovanni.com ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
I liked the book well enough but it wasn’t what I expected from the description. It seemed to be much more on the witchcraft/demon-craft side than I really like. I did like the characters and how they interacted with one another. While the book does have a bit of spookiness to the story…I found that it began to flatten out and become repetitive. The author did do a pretty good job of describing and creating atmosphere in the small Connecticut town but the reader never really got a feel for how life was for the characters before the freak snow storm and before the discovery that defied the imagination. It's not a bad book at all and if you like stories involving the black arts you will probably love it. It’s one of those books that you are either completely into or you’re not. ( )
  Carol420 | Aug 8, 2020 |
I suppose I should start this review by confessing that I'm not a huge fan of cosmic horror. So why then did I go ahead and read a cosmic horror novel? I think two reasons. First, I had recently read Stephen King's short story "N." and liked it. I knew this would be different, but I was feeling lucky. Second, I like SanGiovanni's writing. I'm not always a fan of the horror she presents but her writing and development and storytelling are all good. I want to like her more but just cannot quite get pulled into the story as much as I want or hope.

In CHILLS, the town of Colby, Connecticut is hit be a freak snowstorm in May. Schools and businesses are closing due to the storm but Detective Jack Glazier has a murder that needs to be investigated. A murder with ritualistic aspects. This means bringing in Kathy Ryan, a paranormal detective/investigator. In short order, the snowstorm is revealed to have monsters hiding within the snow flurries. Kathy, Jack, and the rest of Jack's team amazingly take it in stride as they hunt to determine the cause before things get worse.

This book is the first of at least four Kathy Ryan books. I'm not sure if she has appeared elsewhere in SanGiovanni's mythos but enough history was revealed about the character that she could have. There were numerous references to previous cases and monsters that she faced down. More than enough to establish her as a well-developed character. The four main characters are all well-developed. The problem for me was that no one else in the book seemed to be. Well, I will add Kathy Ryan's brother but that's it. As the creatures went around town killing people, there was no real scare for me. The victims were introduced with the purpose of being killed. The main characters were too well-developed to be killed. The suspense of who lives and who dies was missing. I did enjoy the magical elements mixed into a cosmic horror story. It was a nice way of adding some control into a situation where unknown horrors released through dimensional portals generally means no controls. While I enjoyed the story, I don't think I'm going to be hunting down the next few books about Kathy Ryan any time soon. As I mentioned above, I'm not a huge cosmic horror fan. I keep trying it to see if I can find one I like or if my tastes have changed. Instead, I find that the novel was a good book, well-written, just not really for me. I know that I'll try again at some point but until then, I'll stick with other types of horror. ( )
  dagon12 | Jul 26, 2020 |
"Evil in a small town" is a trope that appeals to me very much, especially when it's well done. Combine it with a smidge of cosmic horror and a heaping helping of police procedural and voila! You have the recipe for Chills.

You might actually GET the chills while reading this book. Atmosphere is a favorite facet of dark storytelling for me and this book has it in spades. The snow is constantly falling over the small town of Colby, Connecticut. It's created drifts, because the wind is howling and sometimes you catch glimpses of things in the snow. Are they real, or is it just your eyes playing tricks? You'll have to read Chills to find out.

Another aspect of this story that I enjoyed was the the tightness of the prose. It's clean and precise. Not a lot of time is spent going on and on with descriptions of the town or the snow drifts. I thought just enough time was spent getting to know the characters and I developed a real feeling for the character of Kathy, due to her horror-show of a brother, Toby. I would have liked a bit more information on Toby's cult, the Hand of the Black Stars, though; mostly because I find that kind of thing fascinating. I also wouldn't have minded a little more of the cosmic horror aspect over the police procedural one and for these reasons, I've deducted 1 star.

Chills was a lot of fun, especially if you consider shivering while you're reading to be fun. I know I do. Recommended to fans of: atmospheric dark fiction, evil in a small town stories, and the always fascinating Old Gods and the people who serve them. (Just make sure you wear a warm sweater!)

*Thanks to the author, NetGalley, and Kensington/Lyrical Underground for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.* ( )
  Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
3.5 STARS
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

Colby detectives are on the scene of a gruesome death, made more alarming by unseasonably cold weather and the rapid snowfall blanketing the town. There's whispers of cult connections and as the snow piles up, so too do the bodies. Even detective Jack Glazier must acknowledge that something is not right in the small town and his entire force, as well as a cult professional, are on the case. The cult worships something far darker than Jack can imagine though and the haunting things they begin to do to the residents of Colby will terrify anyone.

Action-packed and gory, Chills is a bizarre horror novel with both occult and supernatural creatures present. I struggled to connect with the characters, but despite that I couldn't walk away from the terrifying story Mary SanGiovanni presented. The snow, cold weather, and increasingly awful deaths serve to create a truly chilling setting. I felt like I was there, freezing cold, cut off from the world, and terrified for my life. The cult practices, explained so well by the character of Kathy, made it even more haunting. I think horror fans will find themselves enjoying the fast-paced story, it's unique monsters and build up a true treat. ( )
  CarleneInspired | Jun 14, 2019 |
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"True Detective" meets H.P. Lovecraft in this chilling novel of murder, mystery, and slow-mounting dread from acclaimed author Mary SanGiovanni . . .It begins with a freak snowstorm in May. Hit hardest is the rural town of Colby, Connecticut. Schools and businesses are closed, powerlines are down, and police detective Jack Glazier has found a body in the snow. It appears to be the victim of a bizarre ritual murder. It won't be the last. As the snow piles up, so do the sacrifices. Cut off from the rest of the world, Glazier teams up with an occult crime specialist to uncover a secret society hiding in their midst. The gods they worship are unthinkable. The powers they summon are unstoppable. And the things they will do to the good people of Colby are utterly, horribly unspeakable...Praise for the novels of Mary SanGiovanni"A feast of both visceral and existential horror."-F. Paul Wilson on Thrall"Filled to the brim with mounting terror."-Gary A. Braunbeck on The Hollower"Nightmarish and vivid."-FearZone on The Hollower

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