Gated (Gated: Book 1) by Matt Drabble

Gated by [Drabble, Matt]

Publisher: self-published

Date of publication: December 3rd, 2012

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Series: Gated

Gated—Book 1

Gated II: Ravenhill Academy—Book 2

Gated III: Election Day—Book 3

Where you can find Gated: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

British couple Michael and Emily Torrence lived perfect lives. He was a writer of horror fiction getting paid for his hobby, and Emily was immersed in her life as a teacher. Their world was complete when Emily became pregnant, because their child would make them a family. Their dreams, however, were shattered one wet winter night by a car mounting a pavement out of the darkness.

To overcome their loss, they pick up and move to Eden Gardens, a U.S. gated community that offers “Heaven on Earth and Twice as Nice.” The people are warm and friendly and welcome them with open arms. The town is a beautiful throwback to a bygone age, where the sun always shines and the sky’s always blue.

As they settle into their new, perfect lives, the circle is complete when Emily falls pregnant again. The town is perfect, the weather is perfect, and their lives are perfect. But are the stares from their neighbours a little too intense, is the town a little too interested in their happy news, and is Eden all that it seems?

They are about to find out that paradise comes at a cost, and when you sign a lease, you should always check the fine print.

This was an excellent horror book. The back story (the story of Tolan and how Eden came to be) was sad.

The author did an excellent job of keeping “whatEden was until the last couple of chapters. Then he went overboard with the killing. I know that people love blood and violence in their books. The bloodier, the better. Not me.

The ending was great, and I liked how the author left the possibility of another book. Won’t say how, but it was interesting how it was left.

This will go on my read again shelf. And I am very, very interested in reading the author’s other books.

If you liked Gated, then you will like these books.

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