Scandal Above Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries, eSe of how awkwardly and boring the characters were written I never felt really invested in the story or nervous about who would survive or die The characters themselves never really seemed bothered that a killer was amongst them and if they didn t care why should the reader I found the pacing of the book to be too slow for my tastes and I did struggle to push through to thend Even the deaths failed to ramp up the xcitment becuase of the lack of reactions from the charactersThe only small saving grace was the nding I can honestly say I didn t know who the killer was until the big reveal Yet I can t help but think that the author worked so hard to keep this a secret that other issues within the book were left to falter and fail SL Grey is a pseudonym used by Sarah Lotz who I ve read and Louis Greenberg who I haven t They ve previously collaborated on the Downside horror trilogy Under Ground however is a standalone novelThe premise of Under Ground is very similar to that of Day Four a novel by Lotz published arlier this year Day Four follows a large diverse cast of characters stuck aboard a marooned cruise ship inducing a sense of claustrophobia and uncertainty the characters are stalked by an unseen horror and lose contact with the outside world which may or may not be in a near apocalyptic state Under Ground is much the same xcept it s set in a luxury survival condominium The Sanctum A virus is spreading flights are being grounded so the wealthy clients who ve bought into The Sanctum s condos all make their way there A bunch of spoilt mostly pretty unpleasant people being cooped up together in an underground bunker which is rather less fancy and spacious than they were promised goes about as well as you d Entranced (The Donovan Legacy, expect and getsven worse when someone turns up dead and the residents discover they may not be able to leave or ven call for help Under Ground starts off so fast moving and absorbing it practically reads itself Like Day Four it gives a lot of different characters alternating chapters keeping the pace speedy and creating lots of cliffhangers It s set in Maine not that it really matters the bunker could be anywhere but has an international flavour with the cast including Americans Brits South Africans and characters with German Korean South American and Indian heritage Unfortunately Under Ground rather runs out of steam the longer the group are trapped r underground And it really doesn t help if you ve also read Day Four as so many of the details are similar including the descent into sualor as things start breaking down and supplies become scarce what is it with these stories and stuff about toilets not flushing The authors attempts to make Gina likeable fall totally flat and her romance with Jae feels unnaturally shoehorned in I m not sure what I thought of the nding ither though I liked the journal formatThis book has a good premise but it kind of slows down and peters out about halfway through and never regains the xciting momentum it has at the beginning It s a fun asy uick read compelling but lacking any true omg moments view spoilerIt s a spoiler to say it so I can t really warn anyone off unless they happen to have taken the risk of clicking on this spoiler tag of course but it isn t actually horror ither It s a straight up murder mysterythriller I suppose there s no claim that it is horror but given the authors background and how others have shelved it on Goodreads that was my xpectation If I d known otherwise I d have been a lot less keen to read it hide spoiler The idea of this thriller sounded perfect for me millionaire families buying into an underground complex to scape a deadly virus on the surface They nd up getting trapped inside and then the chaos begins when the bodycount starts to riseI was initially disappointed with the authors writing style a collaboration between Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg The characters aren t great and I didn t feel much depth to them despite knowing their backgrounds and why they were there The setting isn t well described and the tension is on the whole a bit of a wash out There were only two characters I thought felt genuine James and Reuben It doesn t feel much like there is a killer on the loose but Brett a brutal 18 year old who bullies his way around the complex gets away with a LOT and that also didn t seem genuine given the circumstances The book isn t scary or thrilling and reads a lot like teen fiction rather than as mentioned in the blurb a Stephen KingMichael Crichton mash upI stuck with Under Ground however because the pages were turning uickly Buried enough and I m glad that I did After 250 pages of stumbling along the style and the substance ramps right up The tension is full on throughout the last 40 pages and the build up is actually worth theffort James really comes into his own as a character and the nding is satisfying nough to not feel like a cop out THIS is where the thrill comes into play I couldn t take my yes off it and nded up sat in a car park racing through to finish before I felt I could drive home from workI think that if the whole book had been
#written with the #with the tension and skill as the final section I would have been able to give it 4 stars but as it stands I would give it 255 if I could First of all a warning Under Ground induces claustrophobia Unless you have chocolate Chocolate helpsThe Sanctum is an underground bunker system meant to be utilised if the world faces an apocalypse and let s face it nothing so great in a book as a good apocalypse apart from perhaps a story about people trapped underground DURING a possible apocalypse so you have no actual clue what is going on above at all This novel xplores themes of survival and personality within the context of a gorgeously tighty knitted locked room mysteryAn clectic cast of characters arrive at The Sanctum desperate to be safe from a creeping virus that is seemingly about TO WIPE OUT HUMANITY BUT THINGS wipe out humanity But things not as xpected nothing works as it should and rather than living in the lap of luxury whilst all those left behind die horribly the group find themselves facing hurdle after hurdle When it becomes clear that they are uite literally locked in things go downhill fast specially as there seems to be one amongst them who likes to killTalk about Karma Money can t buy verything you knowUnder Ground reminded me a bit of those old school horror movies various characters creeping around in the dark stalked by a killer playing the blame game pick your survivor choose your bad guy hope to God the REALLY ANNOYING character dies arly and basically just have a rip roaring readin This novel sees a group of characters fleeing across America when a pandemic hits the country While most are panicking the apocalypse has proved these people right they are prepared having purchased apartments in a luxurious survival condominium where they can sit out the disaster in air conditioned comfort complete with pool plenty of supplies and great medical facilities Well almost For almost as soon as the new residents move in IT IS CLEAR THAT ORGANISER GREG is clear that organiser Greg has been cutting corners The lift is not working there is no doctor and the d cor has been done on the cheap The inhabitants of The Sanctum are a wide ranging group and include gun crazed survivalist Cam Guthrie with his racist vicious bully of a son a wife suffering from some kind of religious mania and daughter Gina Jae Lin Park and his parents Tyson Gill his young daughter Sarita and his South African au Pair the rich and bossy Vicki Maddox and husband James lderly couple the Dannhauser s and their daughter Trudi and Will Boucher who has arrived to help Greg From the start this ill assorted group with their secrets and personal issues are not destined to get along However when one of them is found dead murder is suspected and fear stalks those underground For although looking for safety the group find themselves in a dangerous situation than they could have imaginedI have mixed feelings about this book Although the general premise is an interesting one most of the characters just seem so stereotypical that it is hard to warm to them and also much of the dialogue is stilted and unrealistic I njoyed the first half of the novel than the A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, end which seemed rushed and confused with too many possibilities and suspects However certainly the storyline showed some promise and I would try another book by this author despite the weaknesses. Such as The Hole and The Descent with a pinch of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christi. INITIAL THOUGHTSThe cover of Under Ground caught myye on Netgalley and upon reading the blurb that piued my interest The Shadow Reader even Netgalley places this book into the Adult Literature category though when I read the blurb it made me think this book falls into the post apocalyptic genre Will I still think the same after reading it MY REVIEWI reuested this title from Netgalley and received a free copy in Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies exchange for my honest review The cover showslevator buttons with the down arrow glowing red I like the byline of Fear Runs Deep as it fits uite a lot of the characters within the bookThe area around the site of Sanctum is in the middle of fields and forests in an isolated area of Maine From the outside and above ground Sanctum has a high chain link fence topped with barbed wire It is surrounded by two trenches that have to be crossed via cattle grates Once over the trenches all that is actually visible above ground is an ntrance hatch The ntrance hatch looks rather like a large safe door There is also a wind turbine above ground which powers Sanctum The actual living area of Sanctum is set 50 feet underground and is a luxury hide out from the apocalypse Just one of the luxury features of the Sanctum is high tech moving picture screens in the place of windows these windows change as the day goes on to give the illusion of day and night There is also a choice of different views Sanctum has been marketed to high The Power Of A Choice earning professionals and preppers alike The book is about the people that bought into the idea of this haven then made their way to it when a virus made it look like the world was going to be coming to annd The man in charge of this Under Ground safe haven is Greg Fuller and his grand plans for the Sanctum haven t been ntirely met there s lots of unfinished jobs to be done like a whole apartment and the medical suite The one thing left undone that causes the most discomfort to the Sanctum residents is the levators are not fully operational which means using the staircases That s sort of the main reason why Will Boucher nds up being caught up in the whole situation that nsues Will is desperate for the money he will The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right earn from helping out at the Sanctuary as his wife Lana is terminally ill and they have large medical bills to paySo I ll introduce you to the inhabitants of the Sanctum that have paid a lot of money to have a place an apartment within itWithin the first group one of the inhabitants didn tven know Sanctum Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling existed The Gill group consists of Tyson Gill his four year old daughter Sarita and the Au pair Cait Tyson is in the process for taking Cait to the airport for her to return to her home in Africa Then as soon as he realises that there is a potential apocalyptic viral outbreak her drives to Sanctum only stopping on the way only for car fuel and some uickly purchased clothing for Sarita Cait will be taking the place of Tyson recently passed wife RaniThe family that is very central to the whole book are the Guthries They are living in one of the smaller units within Sanctum and their family consists of father Cam mother Bonnie and the teenage twins Brett and Gina The Guthries are heavily into being preppers so when things become difficult in Sanctum they naturally want to be in charge and have plenty to say on what should and needs to be done Brett is the mini version of his father all camouflage guns and prepping Gina has to be the dutiful daughter compliant and doing as she is ordered very much seen and not heard The unlikely couple of the highly anxious James Maddox and his highly strung wife who wears the trousers in the relationship Vicki also have an apartment in Sanctum Vicki insists on her dog Claudette being allowed into Sanctum The dog is definitely Vicki s baby andats gourmet dog food and actually drinks bottled Evian water which becomes a problem in the latter half of the book You come to the conclusion within a short time that Vicki values Claudette than her husband James There s also a strange tension between the Maddoxes and Tyson GillAnother family in Sanctum is the Park family father Yoo jin or Eugene as his nglish nickname his wife Stella a dentist and their teenaged games and internet obsessed Jae Lin Jae There is an instant conflict towards this family from the Guthries who don
t like foreigners tc causing some uite racial nastiness It s uite ironic as Gina Guthrie immediatelylike foreigners tc causing some uite racial nastiness It s uite ironic as Gina Guthrie immediately on JaeFinally the last family is the Dannhauser s arrive and cause a stir
"as the lderly Caroline appears to be ill She arrives with "the lderly Caroline appears to be ill She arrives with husband TECHIE LEO AND DAUGHTER WHO CARES FOR HER TRUDI Leo and daughter who cares for her Trudi 42 yr old x ballerina The Guthrie s demand that the Dannhauser s must be uarantined until they can be sure Caroline does not have a contagious disease or the dreaded virus that is going to cause the apocalypseSo what happens with all these families Sarita Gill goes wandering in the night to find a lost toy and discovers the dead body of Greg Fuller with small bloody footprints leading away from the body Will Boucher becomes the lected leader of the disgruntled group The residents of Sanctum are already disappointed in their so called 5 star luxury safe haven that doesn t have a medical centre or a medical professional The nearest thing to a Doctor in Sanctum is Stella Parks who is a dentist Will sort of gets the leader position as no one wants the Guthrie s to be in charge of anything Everyone is nervous as to whether Greg s death was an accident or murder Things become worse when Will tries to input a security code and the system goes into lockdown When the residents realise they can no longer open the outer hatch of Sanctum as the code has literally died with Greg Naturally there is panic and lots of other things happening both to the individual families and the group as a whole There are deaths but I m not going to say who of how they dieSo what lse can I share without giving too much away There s the rather cold hearted and gory solution the Guthrie s come up with to unlock the lockdowned room the Dannhausers are uarantined in Another horrifying incident is someone attempts to rape Cait Tyson Gill s Au pair Then there s the sweeter fairly innocent boyfriendgirlfriend thing going on between Jae and Gina Leo Dannhauser is somewhat of a mystery too he is so uiet about his past Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. even with his own daughter Leo almost seems hauntedDon t think the book is all gore and darkness there are some lighter comedic sections too Injoyed reading from James point of view as he is on the journey to Sanctum He begins to ponder if his wife s precious pampered dog Claudette will be allowed into Sanctum I mean is it justifiable that a dog should be permitted a space in Sanctum that could potentially be given to human for their survival Then James muses that he could Patrick the Wolf Boy, Volume 1 eat the gourmet dog food if food supplies run low He actually chuckles to himself that if supplies become really low he couldven at the dog It s uite ironic how James goes into Sanctum really disliking the dog but towards the nd of the book Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, ends up clinging to the dog for a reason to continue to live and surviveOne thing I did dislike about the book which may change when the actual book is released was the fact that at the beginning of the book there is a list of the floors and their layout and whose rooms are where within Sanctum This placement of the list in my opinion reveals too muchven revealing characters we have yet to meet and revealing something inadvertently about Will Boucher I think it is a useful list but I would have preferred for the list to be placed in the book after the initial introduction of all the characters I found the way Jae offers to read to Caroline when she is ill and bedridden very Il morto di Maigret endearing It shows you how he has been brought up to respect hislders and use his manners and be polite too I loved the interaction between the different characters and their personalities Throughout this book you go from the residents thinking Sanctum is some kind of vacation destination to it becoming increasingly restrictive until the point it feels like a prison or a tomb that they all may nd up dying inHelp does ventually arrive thanks to the residents pooling their resources and skills but has the help arrived in time Who will be left to rescueSo did I njoy the book Yes I would normally say I do not read horror at all but this book was a brilliant mix of lots of post apocalyptic horror and what I can only describe as people watching Woul. A page turning locked room mystery from the combined talents of Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenb.
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Grey ✓ 0 Free downloadD I recommend the book Yes I d highly recommend this book It is a very thought provoking read There are many situations in the book where you ponder how you would have reacted if you had been presented with the same dilemmas as the characters within the book Would I want to read another book if this is a series To be honest the nding to this book suggested to me that it is a standalone read Would I want to read if there were to be another book containing some or all of the characters in this book Yes specifically two of the surviving characters I can t say who as that would itself be a major spoiler but I m sure you will guess who I mean when you read the book for yourselves Would I want to read other books by this author Wow yes please I Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition enjoyed how the book made me think and try to solve the deaths as well as think What if therever was such an Billionaires Contract Engagement (Kings of the Boardroom epidemicFINAL THOUGHTSWow what annding I did not Sexual Secrets expect that at all The person responsible for the deaths in Sanctum turned out to be one of the last people I would havexpected it to be Then the person responsible tells us the reader the truth about what really happened and how it all happened in The Sanctum in such a cold and calm way It casts uite a sinister twist on the whole book sort of bordering on horror I really think this book would make a fantastic film or TV show It would be along the lines of the Tale Of The Unexpected Series by Roald Dahl that I watched many years ago with my grandparents The way the characters minds worked and the insider view that the reader gets at the individual character s POV The way we got to delve into the plot made reading this book like watching an pisode of Criminal Minds I think I had gone through so many different scenario s to xplain the vents and deaths in the Sanctum This book kept me on the dge of my seat to the very nd Tell ya what Go to the bookstore or library Find this book Close your yes step three feet to the right and pick any book It will be better than this one You have a superficially interesting setting that becomes and implausible the closer you look You have a diversity in the cast of characters that has to be called trying way too hard And Purely Sexual each character is carrying way too much baggage just to make the plot complicated I suspected trouble right away when thelevator didn t work That hints at a plot that won t work unless characters mobility is restricted Authors must have realized The West Transformed: A History of Western Civilization, Vol 1, to 1715 early on that the outside threat couldn t be long lasting because otherwise the book is just about people running out of food and water So to maintain tension the only solution is view spoiler to have them all locked in because only one guy knew how to get out and let s make sure they can t get a signal outither how convenient hide spoiler This is a book I was sent for free from the publisher but this does not affect my opinionsSo I actually didn t reuest this book it just turned up one day at my house and I thought it looked interesting but maybe not like my cup of tea Once I read the accompanying information sheet and found out that this is a duo of writers Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg I was interested as I had heard good things about Sarah but I still didn Actual Rating 35What happens when a racist sexist gun obsessed family It s the Chinks fault Brett says They re getting what they deserve Yeah But you see how fast the virus is spreading into the US It s a malicious threat militarized It s going to hit and it s going to hit us big Worse than there It was aimed at us But how come their own people are dying Daddy I venture as politely as possible so that he knows I m not debatingDaddy shrugs Some foul up They dropped a vial or something I bet they xperiment on their own Brett says Chinks d do shit like that Dad Like he s an xpert on the world situationAre locked in with a little girl her distant father and their pretty nanny from JohannesburgHis tone is placatory but I m not going to be disarmed Any further than I am already standing in front of him barefooted dripping wet in shorts and a T shirt But at the same time I do want to avoid a confrontation Yeah hi Not taking my yes off him I step backwards over the towel lift it up and drape it over my shoulders and around me like a cape Like it makes me a fucking superheroA rich couple with their fluffy little dog Keep your voice down You re upsetting Claudette Bullshit The dog s tongue is lolling out of its mouth its vacant button yes barely visible through its fringe of coiffed hair James is certain there s a no pets clause in The Sanctum s manifesto Oh well if they re stuck in the Sanctum longer than they xpect they can always at the goddamned thing s food it s xpensive nough or worst case scenario the dog itself How do you like your shih tzu babe Braised or lightly grilled He snortsA man who wasn t meant to be there and would much rather be at home with his dying wifeWhenever he closes his yes he sees Lana lying helpless and alone on the cot he set up for her in the parlour after she came home from the hospice the tubes connecting her to life tangled around her limbs The image is clear sharp so detailed that he can almost hear the suck and hiss of the oxygen tank smell the medicinal tang that permeates the roomA German family whose patriarch has a mysterious past I am not speaking of what is in here We must check the machine room for damage The accent that Leo usually hides so carefully leaks into his voice Ve hav vays of making you talk James burps hides
#so carefully leaks #carefully leaks his voice Ve hav vays of making you talk James burps giggle hides it with a coughAnd the family whose patriarch was born in KoreaBrett snorts Where you from Jae Jae Vancouver But we moved to Boston last year Brett begins bouncing the basketball No I mean where are you from originally Jae can t tell if this guy is just yanking his chain or is genuinely ignorant Like I said Canada You Chinese Are locked up in a half finished bunker developed by an x marine Now listen up I m gonna tell you the combination Will just in case things go bad and I need you to back me up Hope it won t come to that Doubt it will but think it s for the best Trusting you to keep it to yourself Sure Okay so it s asy One nine ight four Nineteen Pookie-Pie eighty four Yup Like the book Huh Oh I gotcha But no It was the year I joined the Marines Well Nothing good that s for sure I heard a monster knocking on our door I put the cotton ball down and turn to her Just a bad dream No She said they re coming for us Heryes widen and her mouth starts to fold down Who Who said that The big monster She didn t have a face It was half made of blood She s trying not to cry but her chin is twisting a fat drop of water runs down her cheekThe rest of this review can be found HERE What a thrilling read All very apocalyptic but on a small scale as a virus descends upon America and a group of strangers who have all invested in an underground sanctuary make their way to it to scape the nd of the world But once they re all locked inside and amidst the already tension filled Calling Home encounters between the different characters a dead body is found and a murderer is now on the loose It s a simple setup but the writinglevates it and the characterizations sets it apart from similar fare Trying to figure out who the killer is uite a ride And just when you think you may have a handle on things bodies start turning upAll in all I finished the book in 2 days and loved it Totally unexpected plot developments and the nding had me floored Honestly it s been a few weeks now since I finished Underground and I ve found it difficult to find the nthusiasm to write a review I guess that says a lot about how I felt about the bookThe premise and genral idea of the story was brilliant A hidden facility built underground to shelter a handful of families from a worldwide pandemic of a killer flu As you would imagine the stress of this combined with living in such close proximity with strangers causes some issues and ultimately a fair few murders There were uite a few problems for me with the writing style of the book but I could appreciate a few social aspects the author xplored during the story I liked the differing statuses of the characters some rich some poor and how this impacted the way they thought of and treated ach other Racisim religion and a sexual predator were also thrown in for good measure and to crease dissension and unease within the group I could see how these were trying to build a foundation of suspense for the reader but becau. Erg writing as S L Grey It is perfect for fans of Under the Dome by Stephen King and films.