Kindle edition, 119 pages, Published July 18th, 2018, by Troubador Publishing
Clickety-clack………. clickety-clack……… clickety-clack………… clickety-clack.
On a moonlit night, John and Rachel, who met each other in the hotel they are staying, ride out to a deserted beach for a date. They are having a lovely time in each other’s company when John feels that someone, or something, is watching them. Within seconds of having this premonition, a hideous, horrible creature—something they had never seen before—attacks them. However, that creature is not alone. John and Rachel have unwittingly come close to The Rookery, and soon throngs of these nameless, horrendous creatures making the god-awful clickety-clack noise surround them. Will they live?
You must read The Rookery by Lee Ford Jackson to discover the answer to this million-dollar question. I had been looking for a good horror book for ages when I stumbled upon this book. I am happy to say it lived up to my expectations. The novel is taut with suspense which compelled me to devour the book in two days straight. The action sucks you in from the first page. Every word of this book bleeds the battle for survival.
Jackson’s gift for storytelling coupled with his masterful description and matter-of-fact writing style created a visceral thrill which rooted me to my spot. His imagination should be applauded too. He has created creatures that can even put the monsters in Stranger Things to shame. The horror tips more towards gore than the fear of the unknown or paranormal. Consequently, there are no creaking doors or voodoo dolls to spook you. The Rookery is purely about primal instincts, and how you break out in cold sweat and piss yourself when you face the terror that you can’t even name. With bated breath, I witnessed the initial timid response of the humans rapidly evolve into desperate attempts for survival and the curious, stalking approach of the creatures transformed to predatory tactics of carnivores.
Because of the brilliant execution, expect some extremely gruesome and nauseous scenes. You must have (literally) tough guts to read this book. Further, I wanted to whack John and Rachel on their heads due to their stupid actions. However, if faced with a similar situation, I don’t think I would have accomplished half of what John did to survive.
You can read The Rookery at night. Just ensure you haven’t had your dinner. Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a free eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This review is also posted on Goodreads.