Big thanks to @ichanny for this recommendation. It was exactly the kind of book I needed... fast-paced and a full-blown page turner. It’s not the cleverest or most thrilling novel I have read, but it was hugely enjoyable none the less. I often find that stories with characters that the reader does not warm to can go either one of two ways. Sometimes the apathy towards the character intensifies the reading experience, but often it can result in the reader not caring enough to enjoy the story or, sometimes, not wanting to finish it at all. Luckily ‘The Couple Next Door’ was one where the reading experience was not impeded by my dislike of the characters, with the twisted storyline compelling enough for me to overlook these character flaws. #bookworm#bookstagram#thebookhutch
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“Harris would never forget the horror he felt under the gaze of the three pairs of sharp, wicked-looking eyes. It wasn’t just their size, or natural repulsion of vermin that numbed him. It was because they didn’t run, or try to hide. There was no sign of panic. Just three still bodies, malevolently watching the two men, as though deciding whether to swim across to them or go on their way. Harris knew if there was any hint of the foul creatures making towards them, he would not hesitate to run as fast as his legs would carry him.”
–James Herbert, The Rats
Hey friends!!! Holly @the_infinite_book_dragon & I recently finished The Rats by James Herbert as part of our month-long horror extravaganza (it’s totally an extravaganza)!! THIS BOOK IS FUCKING WILD, GUYS!!!! Giant man-eating rats!!!! I mean, fucking hell!! 🐀🐀🐀 It’s my first James Herbert novel, and I’m pretty blown away & excited to read more of his stuff going forward! The full review is up on our blog (link in bio) if you wanted to have a look! Spoiler alert: this is one of my very favorite reviews Holly & I have ever written!!
Synopsis: It was only when the bones of the first devoured victims were discovered that the true nature and power of these swarming black creatures with their razor sharp teeth and the taste for human blood began to be realised by a panic-stricken city.
For millions of years man and rats had been natural enemies. But now for the first time - suddenly, shockingly, horribly - the balance of power had shifted and the rats began to prey on the human population.