Review of Sundowners by Tonia Brown
Author: Tonia Brown
Published: September 30th, 2012
Word Count: Approx. 80,000
Cover Art: Philip R. Rogers
Sundowners is a backwoods southern horror about the importance of family, the power of gossip and the nature of the artistic muse. Fifteen years ago, siblings Coil and Cassiopeia suffered an incident in the woods behind their family home. An incident that neither of them can remember in full, that nearly killed Cass and left Coil accused as her abuser, and robbed young Coil of his artistic potential yet boosted his little sister into an almost overnight sensation in the art world. Now, fifteen years later, the self-exiled Coil has been called home to deal with his world famous sister as she suffers from Sundowning; severe and violent personality shifts after the sun sets. In order to cure her, the pair of siblings must come to terms with their old demons, both figuratively and literally. An ancient and terrible horror has risen once more from the backwoods of the family home, and this time it threatens to not only tear their family apart, but also the entire world.
Naomi eyed the straight razor she’d nipped from Mr. Baxter’s shaving kit. He wouldn’t mind that she used it to cut the donations from the aged, spotted backs, wrinkly thighs and flabby arms of the residents. She reckoned he would be mighty proud to have been so involved. Now it was her turn to make a donation. She still had a few squares left to work into the quilt, but that could wait. This was more important. They all should give their fair share.
She took up the razor and turned it on herself. Naomi cut away her fair share with a few determined slices, not to mention a whole lot of wincing and hissing. Using the corner of the razor, she peeled back the edge of her square, just a bit. She grasped this loose end of flesh and yanked, pulling along the guidelines she had worked into her own calf. The bloody square came away in one piece, then slipped from her trembling fingers with a wet slop to the floor. No bother. A little dirt wouldn’t make it any worse for wear. She planned on washing the whole quilt when she was done anyway.
Lightheaded and nauseated, Naomi picked up her needle and went back to work.
The voice guided her tired hands, assuring her that this was the right thing to do.
For the community.
I received this book from the author to give an honest review.
First let me say the cover is amazing! And this book is perfect for Halloween.
Sundowners is a perfect chilling story that will have you turning the pages just to find out what is going to happen next. I actually had to look up the word sundowners because I wanted to know if it was truly part of Alzheimer, and sure enough it is. That freaked me out a bit, because I thought the author just kind of made up the word and what it meant.
This book flowed well together and the plot was great, you didn't feel rushed into reading it. The characters were likable, though the only problem I had was the name Cassiopeia I was very glad that her full name was not used all the time since I would have problems thinking about how to say it.
I loved Aunt Beth. She was one of those funny, tell you like it is type aunts. Now one of the other characters who was minor in this book Bernie the conversations between him and Coil were hilarious.
There were a few chapters that introduced minor characters and what they did just left you chilled. Tonia has a great way of making you feel the gruesomeness in the book which I LOVED.
What would you do if you had no memories of what happened to you and your sister when you were kids? What would you do if you had a muse that could kill you and those around you?
What would you do if you woke up at night with no memory of you drawing gruesome pictures?
Well all those questions have answers in this book!
I can not wait to read more by this author because she is that damn good! Sundowners was creepy, thrilling, and gruesome. Thank you for the wonderful read.
Wish I could give this book more than 5 wine glasses because it deserves it.
My Rating: 5 wine glasses.
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