It’s the end of Beth’s world, or at least the end of life as she knows it. Life with her cheating husband ends as her daughter’s married life just begins… on the other side of the world. When her father, her last close family member, passes away, Beth hits rock bottom and doesn’t know which end is up. She decides to return to her family’s cabin at Stutter Creek, where her and her father spent plenty of time making lasting family memories. She hopes to heal while reminiscing about her summers spent at Stutter Creek, and maybe even running into Big John, a summer crush who got away. But when young women in the area start to going missing, will Beth’s relaxing dream turn into a nightmare?
Stutter Creek impressed me from the moment I began reading it. Within the first page, it had grabbed my full attention and would not let go. This story was definitely good at that. Author Ann Swann has mastered the art of engaging her readers. With the level of details she gives in the events that happen, there was no way I could put the book down.
One aspect of Stutter Creek that I was pleasantly surprised to find was the paranormal aspect. I can’t give much detail about it, but it flowed really well with the story. The only thing that I didn’t enjoy dealt with the way technology was involved in the story. I felt like it was a bit over the top, and honestly I was waiting for the “punch line” or a more believable explanation of what happened.
While I have seen Stutter Creek classified as a “romantic suspense” novel, I really would shy away from calling it “romantic” at all. In fact, the majority of the story contains no romance at all. As I read this, I was constantly comparing it to a novel by Dean Koontz I had read a while back. Both were very detailed about the crimes committed, both left the read wanting to know more of what happened, and both had a paranormal aspect to them. This book should be classified more as a thriller, suspense, or even horror novel. It was very enjoyable, but not romantic at all.
I loved how this book switched between narrators. It’s truly the only way to get to see entire picture of what was going on. But Swann didn’t just stop at switching between the protagonists and antagonist, but also to the point of view of various minor characters. This is like watching a movie on a cut-down full screen view versus being in the studio while it is filming: you get a 360° view of what is going on.
The author’s use of various points of view is not the only thing that helps bring you into the story. The main character, Beth, is easily relatable to anyone who has experience a significant loss, or even to someone who suffers from depression. I was easily able to understand her need to get out of her everyday life.
Stutter Creek was good. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a quick read, since you won’t be able to put it down when you pick it up. I recommend it to fans of Dean Koontz, as it reads similar to books of his that I have read. I would NOT recommend this if you are looking for a romance novel, as you will be very surprised. But for anyone who enjoys thrillers or horror stories, definitely give Stutter Creek a read....Continua