I was gripped by the first book in the series and Holiday for the Hostile certainly didn't disappoint. Such an original concept, fast paced and crammed full of intriguing characters - a thrilling read!
I enjoy reading something a little different and this paranormal adventure has all the ingredients that make a great and absorbing story. Though unusual, it’s essentially the story of misfit teenager, Serena, out of sorts and out of place in the mundane world around her. Nothing unusual there, until you realise she’s befriended by a powerful ‘force’ that can grant her darkest wishes. As she struggles to cope with the results of her past wishes, she’s faced with new threats on a family holiday in Ireland.
Imaginative, irreverent, and packed full of colourful characters, the unusual and outlandish events Serena precipitates seems quite normal, thanks to great writing and storytelling, underpinned by a lovely, wry sense of humour that urges you to simply enjoy the thrilling ride.
Whatever your preferences, a great story is a great story and Holiday for the Hostile kept me absorbed and entertained from start to finish. I loved it and eagerly await the next book in the series.
Following on from Book 1 (The Hostile), where 12-year-old Serena meets powerful entity Tile X, the story continues as the family and their dead relatives decide to take a holiday to Ireland. Needless to say, staying in a remote village in a grotty house with Keith's eccentric father, is not Serena's idea of fun, but she soon learns the old man may not be the easy-going idler he appears. A series of shocking discoveries lead Serena to some equally shocking conclusions, which could shatter the lives of her family. Thankfully, help is at hand in the shape of handsome art-lover Jimmy, who, if she plays her cards right, could be well placed to help her solve the gruesome mystery...
I hadn't read the first book in this series, and while I think it would be helpful in understanding the background to the characters and their strange lives, it's certainly not essential. Joy Mutter has taken a rather bizarre idea and turned it into a rather bizarre book. However, she also tells a good story, creates believable and well-rounded (mostly) characters, and has a worrying knack of describing some pretty frightful murders. (Although, as most of them are committed by a bathroom tile, maybe they aren't murders at all).
With some books, you get an idea where things are going and where they're likely to end. Not this one. Every chapter was a surprise with new characters and situations and a bunch of wonderfully inventive deaths. Now, I've heard rumours about this book being a 'horror'. Well, maybe it is, maybe it isn't. It kind of depends on your definition of the genre. There's a fair bit of frayed flesh and several large portions of blood and guts, so if you're prone to nightmares, you might want to give it a miss. However, it's also very funny which for me, nicely offsets the gore.
I thoroughly enjoyed Holiday for the Hostile - it's a clever and witty book that'll no doubt generate mixed opinions, not least in terms of its genre. It'll be interesting to see what other readers think of it, but I reckon Ms Mutter has carved out a new niche for herself. And from where I'm standing, she's way out in front.
The first few chapters are a reminder as to what happened in book one the hostile so if you haven't read it not to worry you can catch up from here the fun starts when serena and family set off on holiday to Ireland having regained her sight and and found tile x under her brothers bed it's not long before tile x starts following orders and causing yet more blood thirsty killings I won't give to much of the storyline away but there's a novel idea for bird feeders and I'll think twice before using a lift it's described as a paranormal thriller and it has plenty of scary bits so if you don't like scary bits then maybe it's not the book for you but I personally can't wait till book three is out