by Santino Hassell




Jeremy has been isolated and adrift since the death of his brother. Most people just see him as the skinny emo kid who wears eyeliner and plays drums. No one gets him. Nobody tries. He thought the indie rock band Stygian would become his anchor, but—lost in their own problems—they’re far from the family he sought.

Still, hoping to get close to Kennedy, the band's enigmatic guitarist, he follows Stygian to northern Louisiana for a summer retreat. They had planned to spend six weeks focusing on new music, but things go awry as soon as they arrive at the long-deserted Caroway mansion. Tempers flare, sexual tension boils over into frustration, and Jeremy turns away from the band to find a friend in his eerily beautiful landlord Hunter Caroway.

Kennedy suspects there’s something off about the creepy mansion and its mysterious owners, but Jeremy thinks he's finally found somewhere he fits. It isn’t until Kennedy forces the Caroways’ secrets into the light that Jeremy realizes belonging sometimes comes with a price.

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ISBN-13: 9781634765008
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 10/26/2015
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

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Stygian 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
debbiereadsbook More than 1 year ago
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian. I was gifted my copy of this book. Jeremy joins Stygian as drummer on a summer retreat that is supposed to produce some new music. Jeremy just wants to nail Kennedy, the guitarist. But there is a darkness around Jeremy, following the death of his brother, and around the band, following the death of their previous drummer. The choice of location for the retreat brings all that darkness into life. There is something very wrong about the Caroway mansion, and very wrong with Hunter Caroway. Interesting. Different. Dark and deadly. Weird and wonderful. Lots of words running around my head after finishing this book! I thoroughly enjoyed it, dark as it is! Watt and Quince, the other band members of the band have their own sort of story here and these two are not necessarily a match made in heaven! Kennedy and Watt have history with Jeremy's dead brother but that isn't quite what you are lead to believe. Loved that. Loved being so far off the mark with that one! Hunter and his sister are weird. Their house is weird. Even a trip to town when these two are mentioned causes weirdness all around. While it's clear towards the end what they are, its not immediately obvious. And THAT word is not mentioned, not once! Its more a horror book than a music book with romance, and its very well written. It is only from Jeremy's POV though. and I would love to have heard what was going through Kennedy's head, really I would. It does have a sort of happy ending, but you don't find out what happens after that final encounter with Hunter and his sister. I liked that, that its sort of left open, really did. 4 stars **same worded review will appear on Goodreads,, and Barnes and Noble**
CynH More than 1 year ago
Hot rocker boys holed up in a creepy Gothic mansion over a steamy Louisiana summer with secrets, suspense, romance and paranormal activity. I could not put this book down!!! Santino Hassell is a treat to read.