Evil Eye: A Slasher Story by April A. Taylor

Book Cover

Publisher: Midnight Grasshopper Books

Date of publication: August 3rd 2021

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Purchase Links: Amazon

Format Read: Unedited ARC

Received From: Author

Goodreads Synopsis:

During the eye of a hurricane, evil strikes.

Six strangers get stuck on an island during a roaring hurricane. They have nothing in common, but five of them will have to join forces to survive the night. Meanwhile, the sixth wants nothing more than to kill every single one of them.

Join Annette, Chad, Heather, Spencer, and Kate on the worst night of their lives. Can they survive or will the killer maniacally laugh while eviscerating them? Filled with gore, terror, and the little moments between humans that can make or break their budding friendships.

First Line:

Annette tried to coax her vehicle into starting, but it was having none of it.

Evil Eye: A Slasher Story by April A. Taylor

I will be very blunt; I am not a big fan of slasher books (or films, if I am brutally honest). I surprised myself when I agreed to review the book after I had read the blurb. I was in the mood to read something different. And this book was different. A good difference, and I am glad that I read it.

The plotline for Evil Eye was simple. An island in Florida was evacuating due to an incoming hurricane. Once everything was cleared, six people were left on the island and a killer who has plans for them. After herding them together, the killer slowly picks them off, one by one. Who will survive? And why are they being targeted?

Evil Eye had a very fast-moving plotline with no lag. That surprised me. I thought that there would be at least some lag when everyone got together, but the author kept the plotline zipping along. I loved it!!

I will admit that I wished there was more time to introduce the characters and maybe get more background. But, I realized that that wasn’t going to happen pretty early in the book, and I was OK with it.

Because this is a horror book (based on slasher films), there is much gore. It starts pretty early in the book, and the killer is very creative with how he kills his victims.

The author did a great job of keeping who the killer was and why those people were singled out under wraps. There were a couple of twists to that plotline that made me scream when they were revealed!!!

The end of Evil Eye was part of those twists that made me scream. Not only was it a cliffhanger, but there was a big reveal that made me scream (see above). I was taken aback by what was revealed and by the phone call!!

I would recommend Evil Eye to anyone over the age of 21. There is violence, gore, and mild language.