Monday, March 5, 2018

Book Review: The Muse by Arjay Lewis

About the Book

Published by Arjay Entertainment, Inc. on August 10, 2017

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

GoodReads Description

WINNER in the Horror Category at both the 2017 Beverly Hills Book Awards and the 2017 NYC Big Book Awards. 5 Star rating at Horror Novel Reviews.

Famed novelist Jack Court has a secret: the wealthy writer is a serial killer. He has another hidden treasure, a small antediluvian creature that dwells within his body and gives him youth, strength and a superhuman ability to avoid capture. On his trail is Sheriff Neil Trajan, who is certain Court murdered his wife three years earlier.

When the author is hit by a careless driver, the creature leaves him and through a series of events, ends up with lowly writer, Harold Godwine. Godwine begins to write faster and better, but is troubled by dreams of blood.

However, Jack is healing and devolving into something not quite human. As Court seeks the young author, he leaves a trail of destruction, pursued by Trajan and his FBI associate, Bill Morris.

Will Jack Court do anything to retrieve the companion that inspires his dark desires?

My Thoughts

I love horror films.  I love horror novels.  The Muse is phenomenal!  

Allow me to begin by telling you just how freaking amazing these characters are.  They are so stinking believable and so incredibly human.  I've been trying to write this review for two days now and I still can't pick a favorite character.  I love just how real Trajan's pain is and how fully he loves and devotes himself to avenging his wife.  I admire Godwine's perseverance and his dedication to his family.  Court is the bad guy we all hate to admit that we love. At the end of the day, we all have something that we would be motivated to murder by. (If you touch my coffee, you'll see that motivation first hand.)

Lewis is blessed with a terrific storytelling ability. His adjectives and strong, active verbs bring the story to life.  I usually notice small things that don't make logical sense when I read.  Lewis made that search absolutely impossible.  Any little thing that I questioned was immediately responded to in his writing.  I love that he easily discovered and answered any questions his audience would have.  What a wonderful talent!

I try to think of at least one piece of constructive criticism for every novel that I review.  I only have one teeny tiny complaint. Personally, I didn't think it was scary enough.  I enjoyed every twist and turn and never wanted to put this book down.  It was so exciting!  So jam-packed with adventure! I can definitely see where others would think it was scary, it just didn't push my fear button.  Granted, this may be because I have been watching horror films and reading Stephen King since before my eighth birthday.  Maybe that's just something wrong with me...

I definitely recommend this novel to any fans of the horror or adventure genres, particularly Stephen King's fans.  

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