Things We Fear
By: Glenn Rolfe
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication date: 3.8.2016
Recommended by: Hook of a Book, Read 2 Review
Date read: 3.14.2016
This story revolves around three characters, all teachers, and the events that happen in the few days after summer break begins. Lesson learned: There are monsters in this world. And you never know when one of those monsters is someone you work with every day.
Glenn had me hooked from the very first page of the book. Not only with his writing and characters, but the fact that he didn't wait to get things started, showing us from the very beginning the truth about the characters he was including in the story. The great thing is that knowing actually added to the scare factor, added to the anticipation.
I really enjoyed getting to know Aaron Jackson and Emily Young. They were very down-to-earth people and, as they got closer together, and we learned more about them, the character development really showed through. Aaron's backstory was well-written and made him even more lovable. The character Matt Holmes was well thought out and the fact that he was so real, like someone you could meet any day of the week, made him even scarier. The older couple that rented Aaron the little house were, by far, my favorites. They remind me of two people I've met recently, and I just wanted to hug them for being so awesome.
As the story concluded, everything coming together, it was just one shock after another. And it was perfect. It's been awhile since such a short story really captured me like this one did.
About the book:
Summer has just begun, and fear is in season.
School's out, and the faculty at Fairington Elementary School are free for the summer. Emily Young can't deny her attraction to Aaron Jackson, the Ed Tech from her classroom, but she's afraid of being hurt again. Meanwhile, Aaron is determined not to let his phobia of drowning prevent him from enjoying the sun and the sand of Maine's best beach town.
But they're about to learn real fear. Fairing ton is home to a monster. Pays Ed teaches Matt Holmes has more to offer the ladies than a perfect smile. He's a killer and he's got his sights set on Emily.
Who at Fairington will conquer their fears? And who will fall to a psychopath's hellbent rage?
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Things We Fear
Emily Young can't deny her attraction to Aaron Jackson, the Ed Tech from her Fairington Elementary classroom, but fears she'll be hurt again. Aaron is determined to overcome his drowning phobia and enjoy the sun and the sand of Maine's best beach town.
But real fear lurks closer than they think. Fairington harbors a psychopath setting with hell-bent rage - and he's got his sights set on Emily.
About the author:
Glenn Rolfe is an author, singer, songwriter and all around fun loving guy from the haunted woods of New England. He has studied Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and continues his education in the world of horror by devouring the novels of Stephen King and Richard Laymon.
He and his wife, Meghan, have three children, Ruby, Ramona, and Axl. He is grateful to be loved despite his weirdness.
He is the author of the novellas Abram's Bridge, Boom Town, and his latest, Things We Fear, the short fiction collection, Slush, and the novels The Haunted Halls and Blood & Rain. His first novella collection, Where Nightmares Begin, was released this month. His next book, Chasing Ghosts, will be coming in 2017.
He is hard at work on many more. Stay tuned!