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July 4, 2022

Ghostflowers by Rus Wornom ~ a Review

by MK French

When a local is found dead in 1970s Stonebridge, Virginia, the sheriff will do anything to pin her death on the stranger in town. Two lovers are destined to continually die and be reborn, but now one will rebel against fate.

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book cover of horror novel Ghostflowers by Rus Wormon
July 2022; JournalStone; 978-1685100377
ebook, print (310 pages); horror

Sheriff Hicks is the stereotypical kind of man that thinks he knows best and will boss around others just to prove his point. In the wake of the Vietnam war, every stranger on a motorcycle is a hippie, and the Sheriff is known for his bullying. Trager is the biker at the diner that rescued Summer when she fainted, and the two have a connection as soon as their eyes meet. She's dissatisfied with her small-town life, and we soon find out more about Trager and exactly why he has the abilities that he does. Summer veers between her ordinary youth and the yearning to be more, growing up before she even makes the decision to become a vampire.

Hicks is such an unlikeable character, escalating in evil acts and thoughts until the very end. You definitely hope he gets what's coming to him, and that the small town will get everything turned inside out because of how terribly they treat the people. A few side characters seem to be nothing more than tools to move the plot along, and don't get too much depth. It's more of an action story for big chunks of it, so that doesn't even matter. The ending is ambiguous, and could very easily lead into a sequel if the author chooses to go there. It might be interesting to see if they get to see the world after this, and if we get to see more vampires roaming the night.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.

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