Published by Tor Nightfire (5/31/2022)
Genres: Adult, Horror
Format: Audiobook, 245 pages
Length: 8 hours, 58 minutes
Narrator: John Pirhalla, Sophie Amoss
It was just another day at the beach. And then the world ended.
Mike and Beth didn’t know each other existed before the night of the meteor shower. A melancholy film producer and a house sitter barely scraping by, chance made them neighbors, a bottle of champagne brought them together, and a shared need for human connection sparked something more.
After a drunken and desperate one-night-stand, the two strangers awake to discover a surprise astronomical event has left widespread destruction in its wake. But the cosmic lightshow was only a part of something much bigger, and far more terrifying. When a set of lost car keys leaves them stranded on an empty stretch of Oregon coast, when their emergency calls go unanswered and inhuman screams echo from the dunes, when the rising tide reaches for the car and unspeakable horrors close in around them, these two self-destructive souls must find in each other the strength to overcome past pain and the fight to survive a nightmare of apocalyptic scale.
This book was awesome! It had a very Bird Box meets Some Quiet Place feel to it, but was wholly unique and stands out on its own. I’m honestly shocked that the ratings for this book are so low. For once I was the black sheep in a good way!
My main complaint is that I didn’t connect to the characters like I’d hoped to. The only one I really cared about was the dog, Jake. View Spoiler »And even when he died, I didn’t cry, which is really shocking for me. Usually the animal deaths leave me sobbing. I guess because we never SEE him die, it’s just assumed. Booo. « Hide Spoiler And it’s not that they were lacking personality…they each had a pretty distinct personality. Beth is self-deprecating and is basically a train wreck, and Mike is very melancholy and stoic; and they did fit together well. They just lacked something to give them heart and emotion.
The driving point of this book for me was definitely the creepy monsters! I like that in the beginning we know next to nothing about them. I think it’s that air of mystery that gave me the Bird Box vibes. There’s just something terrifying about an unknown monster killing people, especially when it’s an invisible unknown monster. This book brought the thrills and spine chills, and I loved that about it. I also loved that it’s delightfully gory!
Writing style: 3.5/5
Overall rating: 4/5