Town From Hell by T.W. Kirchner #Review
Posted by brriske
Seventeen-year-old Racer and his girlfriend Arloe want to be together despite resistance from her parents. In defiance of an upcoming separation, they run away for the summer, going totally off the grid to a remote town in the Nevada desert. The teens think no one knows where they are—but they couldn’t be more wrong. Racer’s well-orchestrated plan for freedom turns into a nightmare from hell. Lies, deception and betrayal blur his lines of reality, and he discovers everyone in town is hiding a terrifying secret, including Arloe.
This is the first book in the Dagger & Brimstone series and ends with a lot of issues still up in the air. Two teens, Racer and Arloe, run away to be with each other until Arloe’s 18th birthday, when they can legally be together. Racer finds a job and a rental in an out of the way small town in a desert. Watching these two young people try and make the best out of each bad situation made you want to root for them to succeed. I also wondered how bad home could be for them to run away for the summer, waiting on Arloe to turn 18. The town they move to is creepy and the rental they have is disgusting. A ghost named Willy lightens the mood up a little, but otherwise around every corner is a shock. There are bats, scorpions, glowing eyes, moving tats, very weird stuff.
>The book was a non-stop adrenaline rush. The problem was that the action was a little confusing at times. There was a lot of gore and fights, along with a lot of things that appeared due to hallucinations. The lack of dialogue and the extreme amount of description, especially when the boys were trying to escape, made for a plodding read. Normally all the action would keep the plot flowing, but so much action without sufficient dialogue, repeating over and over was causing me to want to skim over the scenes.
>There is a big surprise regarding Arloe that wasn’t explained in enough detail for me. While I enjoyed the story idea, I wanted a little more of the relationship with Racer and Arloe and a little less gore and battles. Teenage boys may really be the appropriate audience for this story. I am a reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock. I am giving this book 4 hearts.