Violet Eyes by John Everson

EYES
Violet Eyes by John Everson
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Genre: Contemporary, Horror
Length: Full Length (354 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Ginger

Their bites are more than deadly…

The small town near the Everglades was supposed to offer Rachel and her son a fresh start. Instead it offered the start of a nightmare, when an unknown breed of flies migrated through the area, leaving painful bites in their wake. The media warned people to stay inside until the swarm passed. But the flies didn’t leave. And then the radios and TVs went silent.

That’s when the spiders came. Spiders that could spin a deadly web large enough to engulf an entire house overnight. Spiders that left stripped bones behind as they multiplied. Spiders that, like the flies, sought hungrily for tender flesh…through Violet Eyes.

There was something lurking in the dark forest of Sheila Key Island. It emerged from a scientific experiment. It forms a force both deathly and infectious that horrifyingly intersects with the lives of those living in Passanatte, Florida. Now the question is: Can it be contained?

Overcoming a rocky divorce, single mother of one, Rachel Riordan moves to Passanatte, Florida to get away from her ex-husband and start her life anew. All seems well, Rachel has a new job, and nice friendly neighbors to watch after her 10 year old son until she get’s home from work. her college aged neighbor, Billy has been on the news as the sole survivor of an attack by a unknown breed of flies that happened on Sheila Key Island.

Billy has been experiencing severe headaches that simple Motrin can’t relieve. The towns people are noticing flies that attack leaving painful bites. Pets are going missing. Spider webs are taking over homes. The town is unknowingly under attack by the flies that bite and leave larva, which within a short time span the larva hatches into a multitude of spiders.

Violet Eyes is a edge of your seat thriller that had me running from every spider and fly that I saw. This book is not for the squeamish. This is a gripping scary story that gives an extended version of the television shows Infested and Monsters Inside of Me. John Everson built a convincing world that is believable, it kept me engrossed and it is so wonderfully written with descriptive gory details. Even though the mutation most likely isn’t possible the author did a wonderful job in making the story believable with his writing style, and making the story easy to follow. The novel flowed nicely and didn’t leave any unanswered questions.

This book is still a five star to me even with a few grammar mishaps and also towards the end of the book it was mentioned that they were traveling in a car, and then later it mentions they are in a SUV.. nothing incredibly important to the plot, just something that pulled me out of the story for a moment.  Violet Eyes is a very entertaining read, and I will definitely look for more writing from Mr. Everson and add him to my favorite author’s list.

I highly recommend Violet Eyes to anyone interest in reading a filling horror story. It is a must read from a talented writer. With such creativity, I found myself in the author’s imagination well after finishing the novel- scratching my head and wondering “what if…?”

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