Jonathan Moore brings you terror on the high seas

Close Reach ★★★★
Jonathan Moore|
2014

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
I travel the world
And the seven seas,
Everybody’s looking for something.
Some of them want to use you
Some of them want to get used by you
Some of them want to abuse you
Some of them want to be abused.

It’s been so long since I’ve actually reviewed a book that I’m feeling a lot rusty, but this little terror of a gem is so gripping and so good that I felt I had to write something. This one is a Kemper rec — and we all know what a persnickety pants he is — so that alone should put this tightly written 200 page nightmare high on your TBR radar.

As Kemper points out in his review — this book isn’t going to be for everyone. It contains graphic — and readers, I do mean graphic — depictions of violence. Jonathan Moore is a talented writer (his skills on full display here) and his vivid, descriptive prose will grab you by the throat and you will SEE EVERYTHING in your mind’s eye unfold in full, unrelenting technicolor. The suspense and tension are almost unbearable at times, both exquisite and excruciating. It’s an often overused compliment of any decent thriller to refer to it is as a “page-turner”, or a “nail-biter” or as “unputdownable”. But sweet jebus people, if ever a book qualified as being any of these, it’s this one.

Despite its lean 200 page length that’s jam-packed with details about the logistics of sailing the perilous high seas, Moore still manages to find room for a shit ton of nerve-wracking action sequences, and to make us deeply care about our main protagonists — married couple Kelly and Dean. He will put our intrepid heroes through A LOT, and you will go through all of it with them.

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  1. Jonathan Moore brings you terror on the high seas — Busty Book Bimbo – horrorwriter

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