Review: The Chill by Scott Carson

In this terrifying thriller, a supernatural force—set in motion a century ago—threatens to devastate New York City.

Far upstate, in New York’s ancient forests, a drowned village lays beneath the dark, still waters of the Chilewaukee reservoir. Early in the 20th century, the town was destroyed for the greater good: bringing water to the millions living downstate. Or at least that’s what the politicians from Manhattan insisted at the time. The local families, settled there since America’s founding, were forced from their land, but they didn’t move far, and some didn’t move at all…

Now, a century later, the repercussions of human arrogance are finally making themselves known. An inspector assigned to oversee the dam, dangerously neglected for decades, witnesses something inexplicable. It turns out that more than the village was left behind in the waters of the Chill when it was abandoned. The townspeople didn’t evacuate without a fight. A dark prophecy remained, too, and the time has come for it to be fulfilled. Those who remember must ask themselves: who will be next? For sacrifices must be made. And as the dark waters begin to inexorably rise, the demand for a fresh sacrifice emerges from the deep…

The Chill by Scott Carson. Narrated by John Bedford Lloyd. Published by Simon & Schuster Audio, February 2020. Run time is 14 hours and 38 minutes.

This book has such an interesting idea. I absolutely love the whole drowned haunted city reservoir sub (sub, sub?) horror category. BUT, for some reason The Chill never seemed to keep me hooked. It left me unsure of how I felt about this book when everything was all said and done. :/

I did enjoy how I had absolutely no idea what was going on for just about the whole book. Sure, it’s ghosts, but what are they trying to do? Sadly, some of it still felt a little unclear even after it was all explained. Hard to talk about it without spoiling the whole ending though. I don’t know… I just was left scratching my head a little.

The narrator was fine. Everyone felt different. Age and gender felt easy to distinguish. The narrator did a great job of capturing the emotions of the characters, especially their despair.

I don’t know…. The Chill just left me feeling….. ok. Great idea. Love it! The writing was alright. Maybe it was a little too long? I don’t know. Something about it just never grabbed me, and I just was left waiting….


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