Synopsis: Jada Mercer is used to getting her way, and she loves danger. When she meets Asher Williams, a sensitive musician in a band, she pressures him to prove himself through the rigors of an extreme haunt known as Horror Place. At the same time, the haunt’s owners, Phil and Donna Woods, are locked in an escalating feud with neighbor Ruth Littleton.
The terrifying consequences unfold step by step as the characters are pushed beyond the breaking point. Weaving layers of truth and fiction, the story challenges our sense of reality with unexpected twists and turns. In a world haunted by the ghosts of the past, how do we know what is real and what is not? After the shatter point, the horror will become all too real.
About The Author:
Jon O’Bergh is an author and musician who loves a good scare. He was born in California and grew up in Orange County, where he recieved a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the Univeristy of California at Irvine. A fan of ghost stories and horror movies, Jon came up with the idea for The Shatter Point adter watching a documentary about extreme haunts. He has released over a dozen albums in a variety of styles, including the atmopsheric album “Ghost Story”. After many years living in San Francisco and Washington D.C., he now spends most of his time in Toronto, where he is working on another thriller.
I’d like to start off by thanking the author Jon O’Bergh for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It was a pleasure being asked to read this.
Extreme haunts; we’ve all seen them or heard of them. The character- Phil and his haunt Horror Place, remind me of McKamey Manor– and to be truthful, I HATE that guy as well as that particular type of extreme haunt… Which sort of already put Phil on my “do not like” list. But surprisingly, as I read this story, I ended up liking Phil more than a thought. He seems a much better character than orginally anticipated. There was still a fair share of dislikeable characters however, far more than I’ve really seen in a novel yet. It makes it hard to invest and care about a character if they are generally unlikeable, though for this novel I think it worked in the author’s favor a time or two.
There is definitely a modern take with this novel, made apparent several times by at least some of the writing being that of a “comment section” on Youtube. At times it added to the story really well and also showed how horrible some people can be when they are able to hide behind a screen..
Descriptions for interior houses is done phenomenally well. Extremely detailed.
You get a nice little uneasy sense early on in this story, with it sprinkled about in other places. Enough to keep you wondering and having a few questions wiggling in the back of your mind as you continue the read. Plenty of insight to the characters and their lives, which makes the story a bit erratic at times as we switch to different characters, each with their own insights and thoughts. I’ll admit, this story is definitely a slow burn with more of what I consider the horror element really ramping up in the last several pages. This novel seems to lean heavily on the emotional side of things.
The ending absolutely caught me by surprise. Was not expecting it and actually stared dumbfounded at my book with my mouth gaping open in a “What the hell?” sort of expression on my face. I wish there had been a little more of that sort of twist and surprise in the novel, but overall I would say that I did enjoy this book.
I would recommend it to those that love a good emotional horror setting as well as a slow paced action.