Mask Beneath Her Face
by Rafael Chandler
*Received in exchange for honest review*
Publication Date: October 14, 2017
During the 1980s, slashers terrorized America. With machetes and masks, these unstoppable killers stalked college campuses, quiet suburbs, and lakeside cabins.
Thirty years ago, Bobbi Metzger survived a massacre at her 16th birthday party. She spent decades putting her life back together.
Tonight, Bobbi will face a new killer: a high-tech slasher hell-bent on opening the doorway to an abyss of unimaginable horror.
How long can Bobbi survive this nightmare? What will she do to protect the people she loves? How much blood is she willing to spill?
I don’t have a particular habit to read horror novels in general but I have read a few thrillers later and am generally a fan of the genre. Mask Beneath Her Face is a well-written novel. Being a fan of the slasher movie genre, this book hit all the right chords. The pacing was a little bit slow in the beginning but it picks up really quickly as the characters become established and we learn about each of these four characters and the past that haunts them along with the slasher they are avoiding. The characters are unique in personality making them each have their value in the survival. By the time we reach halfway, its a thrilling read right to the end.
There are few horrors I read that get under my skin, even if I don’t read a lot of horror in general however, as a horror thriller, Mask Beneath Her Face delivered both in the thriller and the horror department, a rare thing to achieve in my opinion. There’s a nice psychological element here that works into the mix along with some great twists along the way and some well-thought out plots and slasher designs. The writing gave it a vivid imagery to help feel more immersed in the situations the characters were caught in.
Overall, Mask Beneath Her Face is a great read. A slow start but quickly builds enough tension to create the thrills and horror and by the time, we are hurling towards the ending, it truly got under my skin.
Goodreads: 4 out of 5 stars
Rafael Chandler writes novels (Hexcommunicated, The Astounding Antagonists), video games (SOCOM 4, Rainbow Six: Lockdown, MAG), and tabletop role-playing games (Teratic Tome, Lusus Naturae). He’s a metalhead, a kaijuphile, and a gorehound.