Happy belated release day!
Thanks to North Star Editions for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
BROKEHEART by Kevin Wolf (released yesterday, October 24th, 2017)
Another Western/Horror hybrid – perfect for October!
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
Talk about a perfect read for October and getting into the Halloween spirit. We have wolves, a creepy old mining town of Brokeheart, evil lurking, and a man with a reputation he’s trying to run from. BROKEHEART by Kevin Wolf was a very interesting read – I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going into it, and I was pleasantly surprised!
Set in 1879, we meet Kepler. He’s a newspaper man that is running from his ruined reputation. He ends up in a small mining town of Brokeheart in Colorado hoping to have a fresh start. He begins to attract attention as he reports on the events happening in town – including the conditions of working in the mines. He piques the interest of an aristocrat that wants to hire to him. He pays well and wants Kepler to oversee the construction of a new hunting lodge, as well as report on the foreman of the Brokeheart Mine.
Bodies start to turn up – the deaths are all under mysterious circumstances. The sheriff is trying to pass them off as accidents or even suicides, but the strange markings on the bodies are leaving Kepler skeptical. With danger looming, will Kepler be able to uncovering the sinister reasons for the sudden deaths?
I really enjoyed this read! It was quick and it was a western horror hybrid genre. I read one other that fell under this category and I really like how they meshed together. Kevin Wolf did a great job without it feeling awkward (not all genres can mix well). It’s a perfect creepy and eerie read for the month of October!
Overall, I enjoyed the characters and while I was able to figure out the ending, I enjoyed the read! The reader is dropped right into the Old West of the 1800’s and you’re pulled in right away. If you like Westerns, then this would be a great one to pick up. If a different type of horror novel interests you, then this is one you should give a chance.
Are you a fan of the genre hybrids? Or do you prefer to not have that mash up?