Book Review: The Hostile by Joy Mutter

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4/5 Stars

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I was enticed by the lovely Joy Mutter to read her book ‘The Hostile.’ I was intrigued by the blurb that a bathroom tile could have powers.

I must admit that when I began reading the story, I thought ‘WTF?’ The protagonist of the story is a twelve year old girl, Serena, with constipation. Who in heaven’s name writes about a young girl with constipation? It took me a bit of courage to read on as I, call me old-fashioned, wasn’t used to reading about bowel movements. But fortunately the story was intriguing enough for me to keep on reading.

Another surprise was the amount of sexual relationships described in the story. As the protagonist is, like I mentioned, a young girl, you don’t expect half of the text to be about the adult adulterations happening in the girl’s family. They were very nicely described though, no pornography. Just enough for you to know what was going on without the graphic picture (well, not most of the time).

The characters were very believable and Ms Mutter did a very good job of letting you know exactly what type of people you were dealing with. I honestly felt sorry for most of the people described.

Being a fan of action thrillers I found the story arc a bit flat, with individual stories strung together to make the larger story. They were also predictable, but they were never-the-less very entertaining and very ‘real life experiences.’ Okay, apart from the paranormal bits 🙂 . The ending had a nice twist that I didn’t anticipate.

All in all not your average paranormal story, yet a nice, entertaining read with a top score for being different. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think this is horror. Whatever you want to call it, I’m looking forward to read the sequel ‘Holiday for the Hostile’ to find out what this evil tile is up to now.

You can get The Hostile here.

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