In the remote, eastern European town of Borslav there is St. Sebastian orphanage, a place where people discard their unwanted children. For the American, Blaire Baker, it’s the perfect place to volunteer her services. Paired with a cheerful volunteer nurse, Blaire is enthusiastic about the possibilities, but is quickly discouraged when she encounters the nefarious nature of the staff and the deplorable conditions of the facility and the children. Upon arrival, one of the children informs Blaire, “There’s something in the basement.” It isn’t long before strange things begin happening, including Blaire’s flashbacks of the accident that killed her parents. The children soon suffer injuries that Blaire, first, fears may be the deeds of the callous workers but she soon thinks the abuse may originate from a source that is less than human, something unwanted. The unwanted is coming but in order for Blaire to fight it, she must dig into St. Sebastian and herself in search of truth. Blaire wants nothing more than to help the children, but when she discovers the tragedy that happened in the basement and learns that the same evil forces are still at work, it will be Blaire who needs help…There’s something in the basement.
I Gave The Unwanted (Black Water Tales Vol 2) by JeanNicole Rivers 5/5 stars.
With being a huge horror movie fan, and spent years working in a haunted house around Halloween time, it takes a lot to spook me, but JeanNicole Rivers was able to accomplish this with The Unwanted. I’ll be completely honest, that when I started The Unwanted that it would be an enjoyable book, that I would enjoy and get a little spook, but I didn’t expect to get as spooked as I did. I mean I would jump when my phone would go off letting me know I had a text or my dog would move a bit in bed. Probably didn’t help that I was trying to finish reading The Unwanted at 12-2 in the morning…Speaking of reading The Unwanted, this is one of the few books this year so far that I’ve finished in less than a 24 hour period.
The Unwanted, to me is a prime example of a perfectly paced thriller/horror novel. The introduction gets you brought into the novel, gives you a feel of the characters and the setting which in The Unwanted, I’m still trying to figure out St. Sebastian’s out , because it was such a crazy place. The middle starts to unravel the mystery of what is going on, and then end comes and hits you with the big frights and scares that make you a bit paranoid. This pacing is what made it so that I couldn’t put this book down. Once I started I was hooked and had to know what was going to happen next.
After reading The Unwanted, I really want to go and read The Secret Keepers (Dark Water Tales Vol 1), because if The Unwanted was this good, I’m sure The Secret Keepers has to be good as well.
About the Author:
JeanNicole Rivers is a great lover of reading and writing. Although she loved aried genres, the horror/thriller genre is her favorite. JeanNicole has been writing poetry and short stories since she was a child, but has always aspired to master the art of storytelling through novels. The Unwated is the second story in her series of Black Water Tales, following The Secret Keepers.
JeanNicole Rivers Graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor of arts in philosophy, and she lives in Houston, Texas.