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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-04-21 19:02
The Nightmare Room by Chris Sorensen
The Nightmare Room - Chris Sorensen

The Nightmare Room by Chris Sorensen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After a personal tragedy strikes Peter and Hannah Larson, they find themselves picking up their lives and moving house. Said house isn't what it seems - something lurks within, seeming to originate from the dark and gloomy basement. As the presence continues to focus upon the two, its determination only grows, causing obvious and damaging rifts between husband and wife. It appears to already know Peter in some intimate way, and shocking, deeply hidden secrets soon come to light.

(WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers.)

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Chris Sorensen for giving me the opportunity!

This turned out to be an extremely difficult book for me to form a solid opinion on and subsequently rate. After a lot of thought, I came to the conclusion that I didn't really consider this one an outright horror novel, at least in regards to my own personal taste. When I instead thought of it as a supernatural tale with some horror elements, it made better sense in my mind. You see, in no way did I at all feel that uncomfortable, yet riveting unease that comes with something that ticks all the right boxes in the scary department. The typical tropes were there; the ghostly encounters, the ominous house, but something also felt missing and I had one hell of a time trying to figure out what. It could've been the absence of a sufficient build up, where time is given to properly establish a sense of dread, or maybe the haunting scenes merely didn't offer anything frightful. Essentially, it wasn't my sort of horror, I'd even go so far to say it was relatively tame in the scheme of things, yet I did appreciate the storytelling - twists included.

Peter and Hannah Larson were the sort of married couple you'd roll your eyes at - they were sickeningly perfect for each other. Their chemistry jumped out from the page, and despite dealing with the anguish of great loss, they found strength. They, of course, had their faults, which became evident throughout, but that only made them more relatable as people. I liked them, and I especially liked what Sorensen did with Peter. What revolved around Peter were secrets heavily linked to his past, and whilst the revelations kept coming, I too shared in Peter's shock. The two other characters that had a significant presence - that being Riggs and Ellen Marx, added a pleasant sprinkle of entertainment. I notably enjoyed Ellen's legitimacy at being an expert; she was no quack. If I could, I'd read a book all about her.

Despite the cleverness of some aspects, I can't deny that I felt that the story dragged at times. For me, there's nothing worse than feeling the onset of boredom, and there were moments that came dangerously close to that. I felt that the first half in particular could've used more time with the couple in the house, and less time in the Blind Rock bar for instance, which is where my interest really waned. I understand such scenes were for the benefit of character development, but my engagement primarily lay with Peter.

Sorensen's imagination certainly took me by surprise as I reached the end of Peter and Hannah's ordeal. Granted, the conclusion was all rather complicated, perhaps a little too complicated to understand right away, but it surely had a distinctive quality. It's rare that I come across an ending that changes everything so drastically, to the point where I need to pause and ponder over what I just read. I applaud the bold approach to implement such a memorable outcome.

In conclusion - Whilst the horror elements didn't do it for me, I mostly liked the story and background. It definitely had its ups and downs, but Sorensen is one author I'll be keeping my eye on.

Notable Scene:

The woman rushed toward him, and for a second he thought she was going to strike him him. Instead, she took his head in both of her hands and pressed her mouth over his. Peter felt her inhale abruptly - a reverse resuscitation.

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review 2018-03-14 00:00
The Nightmare Room
The Nightmare Room - Chris Sorensen My co-host is officially reviewing The Nightmare Room for the site. I forgot we'd accepted it for official review, and picked it up from KU because I'd seen so many good reviews on it. So, technically, Chris Sorenson will be getting two reviews from us! But mine is the one not submitted by the author for review consideration.

This was a dang good book. It feels like its been forever since I read a book that creeped me out as effectively as The Nightmare Room did. The story sucks you in at once even with the potential pain involved with the how-to-begin-a-horror-story cliché tragedy involving a husband and wife. (Yeah, you’ll need a whopping 1 guess to figure out what it is.) But, as I believe I’ve said before, it’s the mark of a good writer if they can take something that normally induces eye-rolls or jaw-cracking yawns for the unoriginality and spring something interesting off of it. Sorenson has the mark of a good writer.

The Nightmare Room was proceeding along its merry little interesting-but-been-there-done-that path when things suddenly shifted just a bit to the left. And then you blinked, and it shifted a little bit more to the left. Pretty soon, it was zooming straight towards Albuquerque and you’re wondering where the hell you’re going to stop.

And the birds. THE BIRDS. Like you know when there’s a bird in a horror movie that things are definitely gonna involve flapping, squawking, slicing, and beady little eyes, right? Right. But even knowing the layout, the lines of it will still make you do a solid: “Yep. NOPE!” I noped. I noped, shuddered, and noped again.

The pacing is fantastic. The dialogue was perfect. The atmosphere Sorenson creates in The Nightmare Room is so thick and heavy you could practically bottle it. I was so completely wrapped up in this story that I remember thinking at one point that I was very glad I was reading it during the day, when dark was still several hours away. I loved the fact that the author kept twisting things just enough that I wasn’t always sure I could trust my assumptions.

It wasn’t perfect, though. I can’t say too much about the issues I had without spoiling some very major plot points, unfortunately. I just thought the author should have stopped about 3% (read on Kindle) earlier than he did, because it was a very powerful scene. Instead, it kind of did the whole “squeeze every last microgram of the toothpaste outta the tube” thing. Still satisfying, but not as satisfying as it could have been. And, uh, yeah. That’s actually all I can say without spoiling. Sorry!

Two favorite lines (that don’t spoil anything):

“God, what the hell happened to your hair? You look like Einstein f*cked Jerry Garcia.”


He would ‘yes, dear’ her into submission. Better that than to let her peek into the world in which he was now living—a world where the dead were restless and clawing.


Overall, just a great job, and the things that I had problems with are mostly personal things that might not bother other people at all. So take my criticisms with a grain of salt.

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review 2018-03-08 19:04
The Nightmare Room by Chris Sorensen
The Nightmare Room - Chris Sorensen
The Nightmare Room lives up to its title. It is a slowly building creepfest fueled by nightmares for the first half then picks up speed in its later half.

Peter and Hannah need a new start after a devastating loss and move back to Peter’s hometown to help with his ailing parents and to heal themselves. They move into a property that Peter’s dad purchased that is huge, old and in disrepair. Hannah loves the idea of the old home but Peter’s not so sure. 

"Hannah had gotten it wrong. This was not the sort of house featured on her home improvement show; this was every house in every horror movie he’d ever seen."

Despite his misgivings, Peter, who is an audiobook narrator, sets up his studio in the dark, dank basement and soon realizes that he may not be alone down there! Is it real or is he starting to lose his marbles?

I just loved some of the descriptions of the house. It makes me long for an old haunted house of my own.

". . . he was facing a narrow, grey door. A basement door. His vision had steadied and the room no longer moved about him. But the door… It’s breathing."

This is a decent little horror tale that has a lot of layers that reach far beyond the haunted house trappings. It deals with aging, grief and past regrets that come back to haunt. The main characters come across as real and imperfect and as a reader who needs decent characterization I really appreciated this. I did want to learn more about Peter’s birth mother because I’m nosy and have so many questions but perhaps that will happen in a prequel or sequel? I can only hope.


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review 2018-03-07 16:07
Horrorlicious – The Nightmare Room by Chris Sorensen #Chris Sorensen @RoxanneRhoads
The Nightmare Room - Chris Sorensen

The Nightmare Room

The Messy Man Series

Book One

Chris Sorensen


Genre: Paranormal Fiction


Publisher: Harmful Monkey Press


Date of Publication: 1/25/2018


ISBN: 978-0998342412

ASIN: B07943P5S8


Number of pages: 273

Word Count: 45,000



Tagline: The past is always present in the Nightmare Room.




I love it…Don’t go in the basement. LOL Bad things happen in the basements of horror novels and I must admit, at least through words, I want to be one of the first to venture into the dark, dank depths of the abyss.


Once you read The Nightmare Room, you will realize how appropriate the tag line is to the story.


As soon as Peter Larson returned to his home town, Maple City, I knew…it’s on. The scenario made me think of Steven King and I am eager to see if Chris Sorensen can meet my expectations.


Peter’s life is messy and it’s not getting any better since the move. One problem after another. Isn’t that life for all of us? Peter is the thinker, Hannah is the doer.


Hannah thinks positive, when she sees the house:


A broke place we can put back together.


I wonder how long she’ll be saying that. LOL


Peter thinks:


This was every house in every horror movie he’d ever seen.


He saw the padlock and I thought, walk away dude. Don’t open that door. Don’t do it….then I thought, DO IT. DO IT. DO IT, as a big smile lit up my face. Oh yeah, some call me Scary Sherry and I’m proud of it!


A haunted house, yes, but it is so much more than that. Peter meets it up close and personal, while Hannah is along for the ride.


The suspense and anticipation kept me flipping the pages. Plenty of chills, thrills, and bumps in the night. First I feared for Peter, then Hannah, who would not let him face IT alone.


The story seemed familiar, but, it didn’t stay that way. I love the spin Chris Sorensen


gave The Nightmare Room, and the ending…Well done. In the last chapter, each page unfolded giving more delight than the last. Surprised me and I dare say it will surprise you too.


I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The Nightmare Room by Chris Sorensen.


4 Stars




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