Book #47 was Afraid, by Jack Kilborn (AKA J.A. Konrath).Â The back of the book reads:
ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? YOU WILL BE . . .
Welcome to Safe Haven, Wisconsin. Miles from everything, with one road in and out, this peaceful town has never needed a full-time police force. Until now . . .
A helicopter has crashed near Safe Haven and unleashed something horrifying. Now this merciless force is about to do what it does best. Isolate. Terrorize. Annihilate. As residents begin dying in a storm of gory violence, Safe Haven’s only chance for survival will rest with an aging county sheriff, a firefighter, and a single mom. And each will have this harrowing thought: Maybe death hasn’t come to their town by accident . . .
I do read horror every once in a while, and itâ€™s rare that a book freaks me out enough that I have to put it down for a bit.Â I think the last book that really scared me was Bag of Bones by Stephen King.Â Afraid not only did that, it actually made me nauseous at points.Â Which means I think it was pretty freakinâ€™ great. Kilborn pulls no punches with the cruelty of the Red Ops, not even in the beginning, yet everything came off as completely believable.Â I especially loved the little twists he throws in at unexpected points, like who Logan is, the doctorâ€™s role, and how Fran is connected to it all. You expect some characters to make it through things unscathed, but you quickly learn that no one is safe, and you canâ€™t predict who is and isnâ€™t going to die. Thankfully, Kilborn has a second book in the works, because I think he has a gift for terror.
Audiobook Length: 9hrs 40min | Approximate word count: 81,056