Sunday, 8 November 2015

BOOK OF THE DAY: The Basement by P.M. Prior

by P.M. Prior  
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After a long day canvassing for witnesses, Special Agent Chapel just wants to spend her Friday evening at home, but her partner insists on one last interview.

It's a decision that turns her world upside down, and she finds herself trapped in a shadow-filled dungeon. If the stench is anything to go by, she isn't the first.

Bleeding from a life-threatening wound, and with only her training to keep her alive, Chapel will have to do the unthinkable if she is to survive The Basement...


P.M. Prior writes suspense thrillers, crime fiction and horror. She is a former research academic who plummeted (or jumped/escaped) from the ivory tower. In a previous life, she taught applied criminology and advanced statistics courses at the University of Cambridge (UK) and crime science courses at the University College London. While at Cambridge, one of her nicknames was "Econometrica" because she was such a statistics geek. She also has practitioner experience in the criminal justice system, having worked in a supervisory position in the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Her chief writing influences are Gillian Flynn, Thomas Harris, Stephen King and D.P. Prior.

She has a PhD in Criminal Justice but can't decide if the letters stand for "Pizza Hut Delivery" or "Piled Higher and Deeper."

She hopes you enjoy her writing.

Format: Kindle Edition

This Kindle e-book was approximately 32 printed pages and sold for $0.99 at time of writing this review.

Please Note: I was provided with a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

General Theme (minor spoilers)
Special Agents Lenore Chapel and Carl Edwards have been investigating a robbery by interviewing some of the denizens living in a nearby rundown neighbourhood. 

The day's almost done, but rather than head home, they decide to do just one more place...

Chapel displays an end-of-day weariness as her mind starts to drift while Edwards is interviewing the suspect, leading the reader into a false sense of complacency.

But as it turns out, the tedious monotony of the situation ends up being the perfect counterpoint for the true horror that's about to descend upon her... all in the space of a heartbeat.

Some thoughts on "The Basement"...

1.) well written and edited; prose that had a polished feel.

2.) scenes of blood, mayhem and abject terror... all graphically described.

3.) the tense, foreboding atmosphere that developed was palpable enough to cut with a knife.

4.) a sense of pace and timing that was near perfect.

5.) cover art... an interesting image. At first glance rather innocuous; but when
viewed after finishing this tale, somehow perfectly fit the story within.

I really liked this scary little tale, it was a real page turner.
An impressive debut novel.
A writer to watch.

As it is... 5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson

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