Jinxed

Jinxed

by Thommy Hutson

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ISBN-13: 9781944109127
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Pages: 246
Sales rank: 1,267,629
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

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Jinxed 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Disney5274 More than 1 year ago
My Opinion: I enjoyed this book! It was a fun read for me. We start our with a bunch of seniors in an elite high school that have to be the best in what they do, to be the top of their class. We get a tainted past of a death on the schools campus and then we are taken to years ahead and a new group of kids that are in that same spotlight. Lanya is at the center of all this. She has a new boyfriend Max that is constantly fighting off her old boyfriend because everytime she turns around her ex - Dillon is there. Then the deaths start happened. At first they think suicide but the friends quickly learn that this is not the case. They have to figure out what is going on. I loved the names used in this book. Everytime I would see Crosby and Nancy's names I would think - Crosby, Stills and Nash. Dillon was Bob Dylan. Lanya was Eric Clapton's - Layla. Max was Mad Max etc. I don't know why I started thinking this with the book, but it made it more fun for me! This is a mystery, murder tale and I totally enjoyed it. There are lots of pages in this book that make your heart flutter and say "Oh, NO!". I thought the writing was good and the book kept my interested from beginning to end, which I loved. Lanya's character was relatable but this attachment to her ex-boyfriend was a bit annoying and the bickering between him and Max was also - blah. But, I like the intensity of the killer and how things played out. I totally enjoyed reading this and would recommend this to others who like horror/thriller/mystery books. I really got a kick out of the ending. Get this one - it is worth reading! I give this book 4 of 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
High school can be a real killer. Break a mirror, walk under a ladder, step on a crack – innocent childhood superstitions, right? Not at the exclusive and secluded Trask Academy of Performing Arts. Someone is taking those childish superstitions one deadly step too far when the campus is rocked with the deaths of several star students. Layna Curtis, a talented and popular senior, soon realizes that the seemingly random, accidental deaths of her friends aren’t random—or accidents—at all. Someone has taken the childhood games too far, using the idea of superstitions to dispose of their classmates. As Layna tries to convince people of her theory, she uncovers the terrifying notion that each escalating, gruesome murder leads closer to its final victim: her. Will Layna’s opening night also be her final bow? Thommy Hutson has extensive experience with the teenage slasher films of the 80s and 90s, which shows in this suspenseful tale. You have your group of gorgeous teens, one of whom has a deep, dark secret that catches up with all of them in the form of a mysterious and deadly maniac. In this case, the maniac is also creative, using superstitions to frame the murders that eventually follow. Heavily reminiscent of Lois Duncan novels, with a little R.L. Stine and John Carpenter thrown in, Jinxed offers gnarly entertainment in a super-readable form that will appeal to anyone who enjoys a little creativity with their thrillers. Like many Partners In Crime books, this one would be fabulous on the screen (big or small – but I’d actually like to see it as a TV series, in the vein of Riverdale.) Teens will eat this up, as will many adults. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly I requested this book for early review based on the cover alone. I love this cover! At first this book seemed a bit hard to read, rough around the edges, but I will say the very gruesome and detailed death at the beginning kept me going. THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR EVERYONE! I love a good slasher/thriller and this was it.I liked the point of view changes throughout this story. THE BIG SHOW STOPPING REVEAL! THE VERY LAST PAGE! This book took me back in time, back to the 90s-00s. Back to the stereotype characters, the scenarios, the blood and gore, the twists and turns. This is classic. I NEED the next one.....
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite Jinxed by Thommy Hutson is a spine-chilling tale with a well-imagined setting, a sophisticated plot, and memorable characters. In the secluded, idyllic Trask Academy of Performing Arts, a killer is out to slay some star students. While the murders look random—Crosby, Dillon, Daniel, Nancy—the popular senior, Layna Curtis, thinks there could be a pattern and that the victims aren’t picked randomly. Then she suddenly discovers logic in the murders and it seems she is destined to be the ultimate victim, the most valuable piece in the killer’s play book and her opening night is ominous. Will she mildly walk to her death or can she fight back, and how will she fight when she has no clue who the killer is? A heart-pounding thriller and a treat for fans of horror, Jinxed is a masterpiece that you are compelled to read in just one sitting. That’s the spell of it. If you are not seduced by the exquisite prose, then the plot will have you enthralled, and if you don’t find the twists strong enough, you’ll care about the characters so much that you’ll want to find out what happens to them. Thommy Hutson just makes it that way. That is, he condemns you to keep reading. Although I enjoyed the way each murder builds up to a surprising climax, it is the author’s turn of phrase and storytelling craft that kept my eyes fixed on the pages. The prose is insightful, evocative, and the author knows just how to give life to images and make them speak. One such example is when Nancy sees the body of Daniel: “The angry wound beckoned to her with a meaty, saw-toothed grin.” And this is just moments before she meets her death. Great characterization and a plot that is sophisticated and gripping. This is a tightly written story with great potential to absorb readers.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sarah Westmoreland for Readers' Favorite The Trask Academy of Performing Arts was the ideal high school for any student of the arts who wished to be “somebody” in Hollywood after graduation. The massive end of year showcase alone was worth the six figure price tag on a year’s tuition, since it allowed the students to perform their greatest work on stage in front of hundreds of big name talent scouts and talent agents. The parents of the students were even more anxious about the showcase than the students, since it could make or break their child’s future in the industry. Is it any wonder that Sydney, the shining superstar who even stood out in this exclusive program, was under enough pressure to make her crack and take a flying leap out of a third-storey window? At least, that’s what everyone thought happened... until the other murders began to follow, one by one... The brutal, seemingly random acts of violence appear to be tied to an old school legend about a student that died in a fire many years before, but will Layna and her friends be able to crack the code and stop the killer before all of their lives are lost? Jinxed, by Thommy Hutson, is a gripping young adult horror novel, styled after the old slasher flicks that captured the imagination of the public in the 80’s and 90’s. The plot is detailed and complex, and keeps you guessing until the very end. Certain to appeal to horror fans of all ages, this book is definitely one I would recommend if you enjoy murder mysteries, gripping story lines, and slasher style gore!
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite Dark, gory, and exhilarating, Jinxed by Thommy Hutson is teen horror with a plot that is both beautiful and nasty, crafted to jangle the nerves of readers. It is in the very private Trask Academy of Performing Arts that some of the star students meet their deaths. The deaths look random and accidental, but then Layna Curtis begins to see a clear connection between them all, and she thinks someone has decided to kill her friends by using a pattern based on superstition. The logic behind the murders leaves Layna with only one conclusion: she is to be the climax of the killer’s gruesome killing spree. Can she unveil the face of the murderer before it’s her turn? While the horror part of this story is engrossing, the writing is exceptionally good and Thommy Hutson creates a narrative voice that is hypnotic. The plot is complex and the pacing just right to keep the reader turning the pages. The gore punctuates the narrative and readers will get chills down their spines as they anticipate what could happen next. The tension builds fast and the climax is hugely satisfying. Character development is deft and there is an overall balance in the narrative that is striking. The prose is excellent and Hutson has the knack of filling the setting with the element of mystery that adds flavor to the horror. Right off the bat, readers are treated to the image of an eponymous island, “ensconced in a thick, white mist.” Then the high school, nestled behind the wall of nature, so private that anyone would wonder why. It is against this backdrop that the narrative happens. Jinxed is a gorgeous treat for fans of horror, with characters that are real and captivating.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Jinxed by Thommy Hutson is a gory horror tale with a touch of the psychological thriller thrown in for good measure. The Trask Academy of Performing Arts is an exclusive school, standing alone on an island. One by one, some of the top students are being murdered in the most horrific ways. It doesn’t take Layna Curtis long to realize that there is something more going on here; these deaths are not random. Superstitious ideas are being used to kill and Layna needs to convince everyone of her theory. She soon realizes that the deaths have been a way to clear the path to the real victim – her – and along the way Layna discovers that she isn’t who she thought she was as she uncovers secrets and lies about her past. Who is behind these heinous crimes and will Layna live to tell the tale? Will anyone else escape the clutches of a mad butcher? Jinxed by Thommy Hutson is a graphic novel with some pretty descriptive murder scenes – if you have a weak stomach or just aren’t into gruesome murders, then this is not the book for you. For the rest of you, I promise you will not put this down. It gripped me from the start and, despite the vivid details, I could not tear myself away from the story. This is a very clever plot, clearly detailed and a great deal of work must have gone into getting this just right. There was plenty of tension along the way, plenty of blood spilled and lots of psychological nuances. Every time I thought I had guessed who was behind it, I was wrong and there is a neat little twist near the end, one that you won't see coming. That said, I didn’t expect the ending this story had either so it’s full of surprises all the way through. The characters were truly identifiable, written perfectly and developed fully, and I guarantee that you will draw some parallels between this story and films like Scream. Excellent story, I really loved it, and am looking forward to more.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Jinxed is a horror novel for young and new adults written by Thommy Hutson. The Trask Academy of Performing Arts was the ultimate in elite academic institutions dedicated to perfecting the already prodigious skills of the young men and women whose parents were able to afford the exorbitant tuition fees. The institution was as steeped in the lure of the unknown as the island upon which it was perched and the man for whom it was named. Cadogan’s reclusive nature was perfectly suited for the remote island located twenty-two miles out at sea from the mainland. His home, which became The Trask Academy, was accessible through only one gate, and the island did not have cellphone coverage. And while the grounds and the buildings were indescribably beautiful, there was the pervading sense of some danger looming, breeding within the burnt-out shell of the theatre that still squatted forlornly on the grounds some twenty years after the fiery conflagration that took the life of a promising young actor. Layna, her boyfriend Max, and their friends were fascinated by that theatre, which seemed a fertile spot for the spooky games and pranks they liked to play on each other. While they all considered it an eyesore and wondered why it was left there so tarnished in such an elite institution, Layna sensed something deeper, darker and more chilling in the remnants of those fire-scorched seats and dusty construction materials. There was something infinitely more horrifying lurking in The Trask Academy than any of them realized. Thommy Hutson’s contemporary horror novel, Jinxed, is a taut and suspenseful tale about a deadly masked killer and the elite performing arts academy that has been turned into its hunting grounds. Hutson’s plot twists and turns as much as the manicured grounds and intricate library of The Trask Academy, and his characters are well-defined and credible. I especially appreciated the mystery element that is woven throughout the tale; the concept of the secrets and lies that have subtly insinuated themselves throughout the fabric of the buildings and grounds, and the theatrical appearance of the killer who seems preternatural in its brutal powers and deadliness. Hutson’s tale had me pleasurably remembering Agatha Christie mysteries, such as And Then There Were None where the victims were held incommunicado on an island along with a crazed killer. I loved watching as Layna and her friends work to identify the killer while they try to stay alive. Jinxed does admirable double-duty as horror and homage to classic mystery; and it does so brilliantly. It’s most highly recommended.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
It is break time at Trask Academy of Performing Arts and all but Layna Curtis and a few others are still at the school. Things seem to be progressing as best as they can when Layla has an ex-boyfriend that is a creepy stalker that likes to fight with her current boyfriend. But then her friends start turning up dead. At first it looks like they are accidents but the more Layna looks into them it is clear that someone is using superstitions to take her friends out. It’s up to Layna to figure out who the killer is, how it is connected to a murder many years earlier, and get out alive. This is a great nod to classic, gory horror stories. You have a closed off island with a limited number of people. This number keeps getting smaller the more people that die. I love how you might guess who the killer could be with the process of elimination. But it’s the why that really gets me. This book is full of gory deaths and tons of blood. I loved every moment of the killing; yes I know that makes me sound a little off. It’s the other drama that put me off the story. The whole love triangle was a bit annoying and I think it could have been left out. But over all I was very pleased with this story. This is a great, bloody and gory story that will appeal to any horror story lover. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is fun and scary--and even a bit funny with the author's dark comedy overtones. It may even be a bit gruesome to some. If you are looking for a lot of depth in a literary journey and deep character development, you won't find them in a teen slasher flick and you won't find them here. But, if you want an entertaining mystery where you wonder who will get killed off next, and "who done it," JINXED is it. And props to the best killer mask ever designed!