Thriller Thursday: The Luminous Dead by Caitlyn Starling

Genre: Horror, Psychological Thrillet, Sci-Fi

Rating: DNF @chapter 7

I have no clue how this raved about book made it on the top horror books to read for 2019! Did I miss something? Cause there was nothing scary or creepy about it. At least not for me, and I scare easily! I’m afraid of the dark for crying out loud!!

Gyre is in a cave with dead bodies and a tunneler lurking.

Ya, I know, sounds like some Aliens or Predators kinda shit. Interesting! But it wasn’t. It was mostly banter between Gyre and Em, with a crap load of repetitive thoughts and conversations. Oh! And let’s not forget the cave that felt so Earth like, I forgot it was supposed to be on another planet!

Ugh..What a disappointment.

The best parts? The premise and the fact that the story starts off in the dark cave. That’s it.

Sorry, but this SO didn’t work for me.

When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought she’d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought that the fat paycheck—enough to get her off-planet and on the trail of her mother—meant she’d get a skilled surface team, monitoring her suit and environment, keeping her safe. Keeping her sane.

Instead, she got Em.

Em sees nothing wrong with controlling Gyre’s body with drugs or withholding critical information to “ensure the smooth operation” of her expedition. Em knows all about Gyre’s falsified credentials, and has no qualms using them as a leash—and a lash. And Em has secrets, too . . .

As Gyre descends, little inconsistencies—missing supplies, unexpected changes in the route, and, worst of all, shifts in Em’s motivations—drive her out of her depths. Lost and disoriented, Gyre finds her sense of control giving way to paranoia and anger. On her own in this mysterious, deadly place, surrounded by darkness and the unknown, Gyre must overcome more than just the dangerous terrain and the Tunneler which calls underground its home if she wants to make it out alive—she must confront the ghosts in her own head.

But how come she can’t shake the feeling she’s being followed?

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  1. Wow, from the “What it’s about” section this sounds not bad, but it’s amazing how books can sometimes turn out much different than their descriptions! I don’t know about this book being scary or not however I can vouch for the Xenomorph Alien…it would scare the living Hoojibs out of you if you came face to face with one! (You may recall I mentioned that I met one once ; ) )

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    1. Lol..yes. That’s right! You did mention it. You have great memory! I know. I sometimes wonder how the description and story can turn out SO differently. I think the publishers considered this one horror because the main character is trapped in a cave. So anyone who is claustrophobic would find it terrifying. 🤷‍♀️

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    1. I kinda went on a bit of a rant there, but yes..this was definitely not the best read. At least for me. There were many who liked it, but I failed to see what they did. I usually save my horror reads for this time of year. Same with horror flicks 🙂 I’m guessing you shy away from scary movies as well?


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