Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Consumption by Heather Herrman + a Giveway

Good morning, readers! Today I'm part of the TLC book tour for Heather Herrman's horror debut, Consumption. Note that there is a tour wide giveaway on this one. Be sure to read through to the end to enter.

Erma and John have been struggling for some time, but an offer of a job in Maine could be the fresh start they both need. Unfortunately, their cross country drive takes a detour when their car breaks down in Cavus, Montana. The town is gearing up for their annual Black Squirrel Festival, leaving Erma and John at the mercy of the sheriff's uncle for car repairs. They're supposed to be good to go the following day but decide to stay and enjoy the festivities instead. It's a decision that could cost them more than the return fee on their moving van.

Cavus is home to an ancient evil. An evil that has long dwelled beneath the land's surface, waiting patiently for a chance to return. And now it's awoken just in time for Cavus's big fete. Many of the locals are already under its thrall and holdouts like Erma, John, and a few others are in their sights. Now it's only a matter of time until the town falls prey to this terrible entity.

Heather Hermman had some good ideas in her debut but I don't think they were fully fleshed out to my satisfaction. Parts of the story felt disjointed, strung together in a way that didn't quite translate as a smoothly flowing story. It also took some time to get a true picture of what was happening in Cavus. Fortunately the story does pick up significantly. It was Lucy's tale in particular that got me. It made for a great backbone to the story, but it was so long in coming that I fear many readers will have given up before then.

As a first book, Consumption does show promise. Given my own fondness of the genre, it's a bit selfish of me to say that I hope Hermman has more in store for us down the line.

Rating: 3/5

And now for the giveaway. As always, to enter simply fill out the Rafflecopter below.

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To see more stops on the tour be sure to check out the official TLC tour page here.

For more on Heather Herrman, you can visit her website here. You can also like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.


Unknown said...

It's a shame that the characters were not fleshed out better, but I'm glad you found it enjoyable nevertheless. :)
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Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for being a part of the tour.