ARC Review — Amethyst

  • Title: Amethyst
  • Author: Jesse Nolan Bailey
  • Genre: Horror / Fantasy
  • Pages: 152 pages
  • Publication date: September 24, 2020

Thank you BookSirens and Jesse Nolan Bailey for giving me an ARC copy of the book in exchange for a fair review!

In Amethyst, Rashell’s brother is missing, and no one seems to care except her. She sends out a letter for help but is still surprised when help does come to her town—one that hates outsiders.

The town has its own beliefs and traditions that are far from normal, including worshiping a stone called the Amethyst. The investigator who comes to help—Derrik—cannot wrap his head around the oddity that is this town but does think the Amethyst may be connected to Rashell’s brother’s disappearance.

Rashell is a well-written character who I could follow along with. Her doubts lined up with mine at first. Derrik also is a good contrast against her with some great dialogue lines. He reminded me a bit of Sherlock and Professor Layton.

I figured out the story itself faster than Rashell, which did get a tad frustrating when she kept putting her trust in the wrong place. On the other hand, I liked the story’s imagery and their adventures. The description of certain spots was enough to make me cringe. The ending was also great and not too predictable. I didn’t get scared really at all, but the horror genre itself doesn’t scare me much.

Overall, I enjoyed this good, quick read and would recommend it.

Score: 7.8/10
Average rating on Goodreads: 3.85/5

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