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Today, I’m reviewing a Thriller/Mystery-Horror book titled Brimstone, by author Tamara Thorne.
Brimstone, by Tamara Thorne
Read this book only if you are aged 18 or over as there are some themes unsuitable for younger audiences.
Set in Brimstone, Arizona (1968), Brimstone is the tale of young Holly Tremayne and her promiscuous mother as they go to visit Holly’s movie star grandmother at her hotel. The story explores the myth of the Brimstone Beast and spirits, with Holly and some of her relatives having gold flecks in their eyes, which are thought to be a sign of someone possessing the sight. Although the Brimstone Beast is said to have been asleep for half a century, strange things begin to occur the moment Holly and her mother (Cherry) arrive in town.
This was an interesting story. It raised a lot of questions in me and I was eager to read on for hours until I got the answers I sought.
This is where my warning comes in. One of the characters (Arthur Meeks) is a sex offender. There are several chapters from his perspective, demonstrating the evils of the world. There were parts that disturbed me, although he does eventually get what he deserves. With this in mind, I’d advise only those of age eighteen or over to read this book.
Arthur made for a terrifying bad guy, because you know there’d be so much to lose if he ever got a hold of Holly. I didn’t want him anywhere near her and found myself wishing I could teleport into the story to protect Holly as the situation felt so real.
Now, for our other main characters
Holly Tremayne (11 years old) is a brave and naturally inquisitive child with a love of books, particularly spooky stories. Throughout the story, she proves to be more responsible than her own mother, with their mother-daughter roles being reversed. No matter what problems Holly faced, she stood strong and dealt with them in her own way.
Cherry (Holly’s mother) was not a character I warmed to at all. She is an irresponsible mother with a love of alcohol and constant flings. She has a spiteful personality and treated her daughter as an errand girl. I found it hard to sympathize with her because she seemed to lack any empathy or other redeeming qualities.
Delilah Devine (Holly’s grandmother) is a well put together though at times strict woman. A former actress, she first appears quite cold and distant, bitter due to growing older and no longer being cast in glamorous roles. As times passes and she begins to spend more time with Holly, she begins to open up more, dealing with her past demons and becoming more loving and carefree in general.
The Brimstone Hotel is a character in its own right, a former hospital frequented by dark spirits, including that of Holly’s great-great-grandfather, once nicknamed The Brimstone Beast. We learn a lot of dark secrets about Holly’s great ancestor, some which are beyond shocking.
The author makes good use of imagery, creating scenes that were easy for me to see in my mind’s eye. The story sparked my curiosity as it swept me up in the character’s various dramas.
The author does a fantastic job at delivering different points of view, with each character having their own unique perspective, way of talking, acting, etc. Despite being written in third person, I got a clear sense of the different personalities involved in the story.
One quote that stuck with me was-
‘You can’t let your fears influence you- your defense is your own power and confidence.’
This is such an important lesson of life. Often, it is our fears that hold us back in life. If we allow them to rule over us, then we’ll never achieve our dreams, but if we try to challenge ourselves and face her fears head-on, then we can become the best versions of ourselves.
I loved this story, despite its one unfavourable character. It was different, even a little bit creepy in places, and kept me reading.
My rating: 4 stars.
Recommended for lovers of the supernatural.
Again, please only read this if you are aged 18 or over due to the nature of some of the content.
Thank you for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed my latest review.
If you’d like to learn more about Brimstone, you can find more information about it on Goodreads.
As always, have a wonderful week and I’ll see you guys again soon.