Gated by Matt Drabble

Gated by [Drabble, Matt]

Where you can find Gated: Amazon

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Date of publication: December 3rd, 2012

Publisher: self published

Goodreads synopsis:

Michael and Emily are a happy and contented English couple, a writer and a school teacher. Their lives are complete when Emily falls pregnant, however their dreams are shattered one cold winter night by a car accident that robs them of their happiness.

To overcome their loss they up stick and move to Eden Gardens, a US 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. 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.

My review:

This was an excellent horror book. The back story (the story of Tolan and how Eden came to be) was really, really 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 there are people out there who 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.

**I voluntarily reviewed this book**

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