A musician finds himself thrust into a living nightmare where he must now face his mistakes after reading a book that has now made him a part of the story. Will Haunt You is a horror novel that aims to thrust the readers into the clutches of this mysterious book alongside our main character, Jesse. It is a seemingly strange journey with more questions than answers and despite going full circle by the end, there is still much left to ponder over this created universe and the concept of the novel’s delivery.
Being an avid reader of horror, I found the plot following Jesse and this book he has read to be interesting. The novel mentions this mysterious name, Obsideo, multiple times, making it become this frightening and inexplainable thing that is manipulating Jesse’s reality and those important to him. The way he is being pushed into different environment with seemingly unconnected situations of previous experiments gives me a (although funny) Spooky’s House of Jump Scares vibe with the different rooms, left behind journals, and terrifying monsters or characters appearing before the protagonist.
Jesse isn’t an amazing character, he isn’t a person I felt was well-liked, and the novel did a great job of using the first-person perspective of Jesse to detail the fact that he was aware of his errors and didn’t deserve any sort of forgiveness. His awareness makes him human and there is this immense guilt he carries because of his fault at his son being disabled after an accident involving Jesse in a drunken stupor. There is definitely a lot of depth to him, but I honestly found myself much more interested in the environment than his history. There are several moments where Jesse listen to a scientific journal and read the journal of a previous victim and I wished there was much more of these documents tossed into the environment.
Brian Kirk actually has a post on his own blog in which he goes a bit further into the inspiration for this novel. Basically a neighboring couple in his neighborhood had a strange experience with a book titled Obsideo. There are screenshot of this couple documenting this experience and definitely leaves you with chills down your spine. You can check it out here, if you dare.
This novel didn’t exactly have me on the edge of my seat and did take me some time to get through, but I would like to see more of this story expanded on, whether it be through different characters or an anthology of documents from the mysterious book itself. The story clearly wanted the readers to be immersed through the fourth wall breaks, but it just didn’t pull it off and is the reason I was skeptical over my thoughts on the book. If you are a fan of creepy mysteries, then I suggest you take a look at this book once it is available for purchase, especially when this novel is sure to have many have their own theories and thoughts on the plot and setting(s).
This Advanced Reader’s Copy was provided to me by NetGalley and Flame Tree Press.