Genre: Horror, Psychological Thriller
Date of Release: July 29, 2013
Pages and Format: 242 pages; ePub
I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
“John has been a successful serial killer for his entire adult life, committed to his craft without detection or disruption. He’s spent years perfecting his process and meticulously planning out each kill, honing his abilities to horrible heights; however, when one kill doesn’t go as planned, his confidence is shattered, and his dark life starts down an even darker road, to either his salvation…or his ultimate downfall. John finds his private sanctum infiltrated by chaotic characters from the most unlikely of places, putting him through an existential crisis of the soul. As John loses control, his true crucible begins.”
**Warning!! Not for the faint hearted!**
Wow. Uh, this book was…a really tough read. Even for me, someone who loves all things zombies, psychological thrillers and paranormal/supernatural horrors.
I definitely struggled with this book. I had to stop reading it before bed because hot damn, the nightmares batman! Whew. The younger version of me would have been utterly thrilled by this book, though.
Nevertheless, it was REALLY good! For a debut novel, this was amazing. It was tough to put down even though I needed to. Jason Helford had some extremely seamless writing. It flowed and the build up to the horrors was perfectly placed.
This book reminded me of one of my favourite psychological thrillers The Cell. More in the sense of the obvious break down in John’s psyche. The manifestations John created were a clear cut line to paranoid schizophrenic. I’m deeply fascinated by people and how they think, and have taken many psychology courses so in a way, I was almost studying John.
But ahh, my heart broke for John reading his flashbacks to his parents and the cruelty he suffered at both their hands. Mainly his father. My heart cried for the boy that John wasn’t allowed to be and the man they created. It’s no wonder that John turned into the man and monster in the book.
There are some incredibly vivid descriptions in this book. It often felt like I was right there, which is not for me. I’ve a little issue with blood and can’t even stand super gory movies any more.
So if you’re a fan of Silence of the Lambs, this book might be a good fit for you!
Meet the Author:
Jason Helford published his debut novel, From a Killer’s Mind, in July of 2013. He’s a devoted husband and father, an avid comic book collector and an enthusiastic craft beer drinker. Prizing originality and creativity more than anything else, his favorite authors are Hunter S. Thompson, Chuck Palahniuk, Ray Bradbury, Terry Brooks, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Robert Asprin and Albert Camus. Please don’t be offended if you are an author and your name wasn’t mentioned, he probably likes you, too. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Bella, his daughter, Maddie, and his goofy dog, Sunset.