Review: Within by Keith Deininger
Author: Keith Deininger
Published: May 5, 2015
Genre: horror/ dark fantasy
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and the publisher DarkFuse
Something’s wrong in the eclectic mountain town of Mesa Rapids. Something’s always been wrong. Sometimes its citizens behave in strange ways—sometimes to the point of violence…
When the wealthy and enigmatic art collector Harold Klimt moves into the long dilapidated house known as the Upshaw Mansion, most don’t think twice about it. But when Mr. Klimt begins to throw lavish parties for the town’s elite, Colin Thorne—a young, aspiring artist still grieving over the recent death of his childhood friend—sneaks inside the house to explore, suspicious something's wrong.
What he finds are the buried secrets of a town with a troubled history and something else…a plane of horror so vast that it threatens to alter reality.
Soon after that, Mr. Klimt offers Colin a job—painting a mural in the basement of the Upshaw Mansion. As Colin becomes more and more obsessed with the dark vision he is creating, the horror begins to bubble to the surface of not only his psyche, but the entire town.
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
I like horror stories I grew up reading horror and watching horror movies, so when I saw the blurb and cover I figured this book would be a really good horror story being told.
Though the story is good it wasn't a true horror story for me.
Mesa Rapids a small town where bad things happen. There is a house that no one has lived in for years until one day someone moves in someone named Mr. Klimt. Now he is a mysterious person as no one knows who he really is but he throws great parties or so it seems. All of this comes crashing down when four characters find out the truth and try to stop it all.
We have a lot of different character point of views and even though it did seem to go together decently I have never been a big fan of having more than three P.O.V.'s. Then it just becomes too much to keep together on this character and that character.
There is some graphic scenes so readers beware and you often have to ask yourself is this a dream or is it reality, too bad we don't have a card like Zach did in the story.
I have to say the ending was crazy good, something I didn't really think would happen I though it would be a H.E.A. ending.
The characters were okay, I didn't get invested in them and connect but they did go good with the story.
An award-winning writer of fantastic and disturbing fiction, Keith Deininger is the author of WITHIN, GHOSTS OF EDEN, and THE NEW FLESH, among others. He was raised in the American Southwest and currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife and four dogs. He is a skeptic and, some might say, a misanthrope.www.KeithDeininger.com