I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Creature by Hunter Shea
Published by Flame Tree Press on September 6, 2018
The monsters live inside of Kate Woodson. Chronic pain and a host of autoimmune diseases have robbed her of a normal, happy life. Her husband Andrew’s surprise of their dream Maine lake cottage for the summer is the gift of a lifetime. It’s beautiful, remote, idyllic, a place to heal.
But they are not alone. Something is in the woods, screeching in the darkness, banging on the house, leaving animals for dead.
Just like her body, Kate’s cottage becomes her prison. She and Andrew must fight to survive the creature that lurks in the dead of night.
Kate Woodson was once a young and vibrant woman capable of doing anything she set her mind to, but an autoimmune disease, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and Lupus has robbed her of much of her life. Now, she lives in constant pain, bones creaking and slipping from their joints on a regular basis. Kate’s life is now based on a schedule of pills to keep the pain at bay. Kate’s only solace is her husband, Andrew and her dog, Buttons, affectionately known as But-But. Andrew will do anything for Kate even taking a job he dislikes just for the medical insurance alone. Gone is his competitive unstoppable wife and in her place is a frail, sick wife that he is determined to make comfortable in any way he knows how. Andrew loves his wife dearly and will do anything for her. So, he takes a sabbatical from work and gives Kate the summer vacation, in a cabin on a lake, she has always dreamed about. But, there is something lurking in the woods by the lake house and Kate and Andrew’s dream vacation soon takes a sinister turn. Will they make it out alive?
I admit that I did struggle with this book slightly as there is a lot of repetitiveness regarding Kate and her symptoms. But, after finishing the story and reading the notes from Hunter Shea and reflecting back to what I have read, I think I have more of an understanding of why there is such a repetitiveness. Anyone who has a loved one suffering from a sickness or a syndrome, life becomes a series of aches, pains, worry, and even hope. Seeing someone suffer day after day after day and often times struggling with the same symptom such as constant fevers can seem repetitive in itself. But at the end, there is still hope that tomorrow will be better.
I can see the hope Andrew has for his wife blended in with the anger and the anguish. It takes a strong man to stand by his wife through trying times, just like Andrew is doing now, but deep down the hate is brewing, not for his wife, but for the diseases that has robbed Kate of her life and in a way has robbed him of a wife and life as well. Andrew’s only outlet is running and chasing away his demons.
There is a lot of foreshadowing in this story especially with Kate seeing shadows in her home. She isn’t necessarily scared of them, but they do freak her out at times. She hasn’t told Andrew about it because she didn’t want him to think she was crazy especially being heavily drugged for most of the day. But, once they are in the lake house and frightening things start happening, I started to wonder if the shadow came along on the trip. It was really pretty eerie at some points.
Most of the action really does not take place until more than halfway through the story, but the lead up to it really gave me the chills mainly because I was reading at night and well and I am a scaredy cat! It’s a wonder why I love horror books so much. At one point, I took a break to pet my cat and I heard knocking. I almost jumped right out of my chair! It just so happens firecrackers were going off outside. Seriously are you trying to give me a heart attack right now? Ugh!
While Creature did have some issues for me, I still enjoyed the story and I know much of the story comes from Hunter Shea’s life experiences in regards to his own family. So, even though this is a horror story, most of the plot is written with a lot of thought and a hell of a lot of heart and soul.