Book Review: Widow’s Point

Widow’s Point is a unique horror story written by Richard Chizmar and Billy Chizmar. It chronicles a critically acclaimed supernatural author who wants to spend a weekend locked inside a lighthouse with quite a past. Residents of the nearby town would swear the Widow’s Point Lighthouse is cursed or haunted. Strange occurrences are associated with it: mysterious deaths, potential suicides, unexplained accidents, and disappearances. It has been almost thirty years since anyone has set foot inside the lighthouse before our protagonist begins his weekend locked inside. Sounds awesome, right? Well… spoiler alert: IT IS. And I’m also such a sucker for a gorgeous cover…

I think my favorite thing about this story is the way in which it is told. I think we have all seen a found footage film in our lifetime whether it be Blair Witch, Paranormal Activity, Cloverfield, REC, Quarantine, etc. I, for one, love found footage films and they don’t bother me in the least. But have any of us READ a found footage BOOK?? This concept is totally new to me and I am unable to recall reading anything like this before. Sure, I’ve read journal entries, newspaper clippings, interviews, etc., but I can’t pinpoint a book that was categorized as a found footage book. With Widow’s Point we have audio and video being described to us and the way Chizmar does it is so perfect. I FELT like I was really inside a found footage film and it heightened the terror for me.

Another perk in this book: some pretty creepy and awesome illustrations! Who isn’t a fan of that? With the illustrations as a bonus, we are really getting all of our senses teased and scared from this story in the best ways. I found myself going, “NOPE NOPE NOPE!” many times while reading as I would not be nearly as brave or fearless as our protagonist.

Widow’s Point is a haunting ghost story that will definitely scare you and excite you at the same time. It will remind you there are reasons to be afraid of the dark and that some things and places that are locked up and isolated from the rest of civilization should remain at rest and undisturbed. 5 stars to this one for me! As I hinted at earlier, I can definitely see this being made into a movie or show because of the way it flows (and I think I actually *did* hear that some film rights have been picked up).

Finally, check out this fan-freakin-tastic cover for the Italian translation! I CAN’T EVEN!

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