Stay Awhile, Anthony Vecchiarello

A criminal invades the home of a middle-class family until his plans go awry, the family comes home earlier than expected, just in time for dinner. In the Midwest, in a town 30 miles off the GPS radar, in a dark desolate neighborhood, the thief decides to hide in a staircase closet as he thinks of an escape while communicating with his driver via smartphone. Things turn into a nightmare when the thief witnesses what the seemingly normal family is consuming for dinner… human remains.

Stay Awhile is a gruesome, terrifying novel and I loved it! I never thought I would say that I am utterly obsessed with a horror book, but I am; Stay Awhile is a compelling, brilliant book, its unique horror theme kept me engaged from the first page. When Halloween comes around I like to immerse myself in horror books, I always look for a book that is more shocking than the last and Stay Awhile was undoubtedly this book! It is a thrilling book which compelled me to read from beginning to end, and this is thanks to the novels brilliant author and his incredible plot.

The synopsis of Stay Awhile is so thrilling that I do not want to spoil it for you but what I will say is that it is dark and disturbing and features a cannibalistic family. I have never read a book about cannibals but gosh, was I terrified! This novel was incredibly gruesome, and I was scared the whole way through so I do admire the author’s incredible work for being so daring. With most horror authors, even Stephen King, I find that they have to tone down their horror a lot as to not shock the author too much but I found that Anthony Vecchiarello, was bold and daring and he did not shy away from the gruesome, bloody scenes the reader encounters. I loved this; I love when authors are brave, what is the point in writing a book if you do not make the reader feel something. Readers should feel scared, terrified and shocked when reading a horror book; we should not feel a tad afraid, no, I want to be haunted, so that is why I am in love with this book and the authors genius writing.

Anthony is a terrific writer, his prose is enticing and his pacing brilliant. As I read this book I felt a sense of urgency the whole way through, I felt a need to finish it and reach the end, and this was thanks to the compelling narrative. The book is written in a way that entices you very early on, as you read you learn more and more and so it compels you even more to read because you so desperately want to find out more about what is going to happen, I wanted to learn more about the characters, about the cult and all other factors. This is a sign of a brilliant storyteller, Anthony knows how to capture his reader’s attention early on, he knows how to write the perfect horror story that will shock you, and those are qualities I love in an author.

The story of Stay Awhile is an incredibly dynamic, unique piece of work; it took my breath away on more than one occasion, thanks to the terrifying plot but also the brilliance of the authors writing. When I read this novel I did not get bored once, I mean, how could I ?! It is an all-consuming horror novel, but the quality of the writing was such an excellent and the plot so intriguing that I did not get bored once. I always measure my likeness of a book on whether I find myself looking at the page number; if I do in fact do this I know that the novel is taking its toll… in other words, it is dragging. However Stay Awhile was different than this as never once did I find myself referring to the page number and that is a sure sign that Stay Awhile is a compelling piece of work that draws the reader in and captivates them to read it quickly and to reach the end of the book very fast.

To summarise my thoughts on Stay Awhile, I would say if you are looking for a unique, horror book that will terrify you on the night of Halloween and the weeks afterwards… or even in general! Then this thrilling book is for you. This gruesome but brilliant book gets Five Stars from me!

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