by Tracy Hewitt Meyer
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Pub Date 10 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 05 Oct 2023
For seventeen-year-old Shaun Treadway, terror and rage are a way of life. Living with the fear that his abusive stepfather will one day kill his mother, Shaun decides to kill him first—by setting fire to his childhood home with his stepfather inside.
Fleeing Baltimore to his mother’s hometown in West Virginia, he hides out in his family’s isolated cabin. Except the small town of Blackthorn Peak is anything but welcoming. The streets are deserted, there is no sign of life, and at the end of Main Street is the creepiest abandoned building he’s ever seen: Blackthorn Peak Lunatic Asylum.
Investigating the grounds, Shaun meets the elusive and mysterious Cass. Thrilled to find someone his own age, he asks her on a date. On the night they’re supposed to meet, though, Cass desperately tries to get him to leave. Running into the asylum, she tells him to never return.
He decides to do just that—leave. This girl and this town are far too creepy for him to stay. But when he hears Cass’s scream, he can’t help but rush into the building. What he discovers once inside is far darker and more sinister than even his worst nightmare. Uncovering the secrets that Cass keeps just might cost him his life.
This is book one of the Blackthorn Peak duology.
A Note From the Publisher
“An intriguing mix of urgency and gray morality kickstarts this tale, engaging readers with questions about what lurks in the asylum…” —Kirkus Reviews Magazine
“Meyer has created a dark, eerie world that grabs the reader from the first page and doesn’t let go. Fans of Alexander Gordon Smith’s Escape From Furnace series and Neal Shusterman’s Unwind series will love this book!” —LibraryThing Early Reviewers
- Indie Next List & Library Reads Nominations
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Key Selling Points
- Fans of the Asylum series by Madeline Roux, and Ashwood by C.J. Malarsky will find a favorite new author with Tracy Hewitt Meyer.
- Meyer is a multi-award-winning author. Her Rowan Slone series has won two awards and her previous teen suspense/horror novel, The Reformation of Marli Meade won an IPPY award for Mid-Atlantic - Best Regional Fiction
- Meyer’s writing always features strong lead characters that deal with many of today’s issues that most teens will easily identify with.
Average rating from 32 members
Tracy Hewitt Meyer does it again with this book, it had a strong concept and was executed well. It has a great tense atmosphere going on and worked well overall in this genre. I enjoyed what I read a lot and glad the characters worked well overall. The characters were what I was looking for and glad they felt like real people.
"The sound of his footsteps are the only indication he’s in the house. He doesn’t call out a greeting or let me know he’s home. If he knew the key created so much noise, he would replace it. He’s always sneaking up on me, trying to catch me doing something he thinks I shouldn’t be doing. A moment later, his steps stop. The door creeps open until it’s wide enough to reveal my father’s tall form on the other side."
Intoxicating,this book deals very well with parental abuse,grief and terror. I really have liked all the characters and feel them very human trough the story. Everyone needs to read this one !
CW: Sexual, Physical and Emotional Abuse, Drug use
This book was ‘Sucker Punch’ meets ‘Divergent’. . I couldn’t put this book down once I started reading. I had to know what was going to happen. Starting the book in-medias-res allowed the author to play with the chronological events of the story and kept me hooked to find out more about shaun and the choices that led to his current situation. The flashbacks provided some information in understanding Shaun’s actions but felt very surface level. The characters lacked depth and I wanted to see more of their personalities and understand their motivations. The ending was a bit of a let down as it left a lot of open ends but would definitely work for a sequel.
This was a fast read about a boy who runs away after killing his abusive stepfather. He goes to hide in an isolated cabin, which is near an abandoned asylum. I don’t want to give too much away, but the book follows what happens as he discovers the secrets of this building. The book leaves room for a second novel and I would definitely read it!
Addictive, intoxicating read this was. Once I started it I couldn't stop reading. The atmosphere was so dark and eerie. The concept of an old insane asylum, just does it for me.
The concept was so original, so well done. I just needed to know the outcome. It was extremely fast paced and will suck you right in. Sometimes the writing in these super atmospheric reads is overbearing, but Meyer's writing is easy, flowy and gripping.
The characters felt real with all their issues and reasons. The way their reactions were depicted felt just right.
I do not want to reveal too much, the ending was a bit of a let down as it did have a lot of openness for me, the pieces were not all tied up, which left me wondering. Apart from that this was a solid read !
If you're looking for a fast paced, dark, eerie, atmospheric YA action packed book pick this one up !
I thought the premise of this book sounded unique and promising and it didn't dissapoint I thought it was executed great, the pacing and characters kept me hooked, any book with an old creepy abandoned asylum will get my attention, the ending was slightly disappointing but I'm hoping for a sequel?
Big thank you NetGalley and to the publisher for the chance to review this book pre-release. This was a quick but heart-pounding book that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I really enjoyed it, and will be keeping an eye out for Meyer's other works! A more formal review will be available on my IG/TikTok and Goodreads.
Fast read with some tense themes. Very engaging and well written.
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for this review copy
The writing was really good and I was hooked on the story. I definitely thought it was very creepy and psychological, it made me feel uneasy. There was a lot of tension and fear especially near the end when the kids were in the forest after escaping the first time. I did however wish the interrogation scene with dr richter was a little more than a q and a because all the answers came very quickly and it was more like an info dump. Also I think there should’ve been a bigger standoff with dr richter at the end instead of her being away from everyone when the final chapters happened. It made me a little disappointed that she didn’t get to see the kids escape and was uncaring watching the whole place burn down; I think she should’ve been more angry and upset since her whole goal was to take her family name out of the dumpster but she didn’t seem very bothered at all. Overall though I think it was a very well written and suspenseful story with pretty well fleshed out if not very complex characters and good setting, it’s just some parts felt a little rushed and the suspense not reaching its full potential.
Us against them. Teens against adults. Shaun Treadway finds himself at the mercy of an evil plan being conducted at an abandoned lunatic asylum. It’s up to him and some other teens to stop what is happening before others like them are consumed. Lots of twists and turns. Memorable characters. I hope there is a sequel.
A fast horrific thriller with some disturbing themes - all good with me.
I enjoyed this story, and was suitable disturbed in places. Love a good asylum story.
The writing wasn't always smooth but it was ok. Really enjoyed it!
This is how you do pacing in a thriller book 🙌
Such a joy to read, loved the unique premise and this one was genuinely spooky!
Thank you to NetGalley and BHC Press for this opportunity to read,rate and review this arc which will be available October 10,2023!
Sean is a troubled teen who sets his extremely abusive stepfather and his house on fire for nearly killing his mom. Then runs away to his mom’s home town of Blackthorn Peak West Virginia. There he sees a creepy asylum and meets a girl named Cass who tells him to leave. Naturally he doesn’t. What ensues is a twisty, creepy story of troubled teens, a shadowy Agency, missing kids and experiments. I actually dig this story. It would honestly make an epic horror movie. The creep factor was a 3.5. The writing lagged in certain areas but overall was pretty good. I recommend this book to teens 15 and over.
A really great and intriguing read. I loved the characters and the story. Will look out for more from this author.
This book was a new unlike any theme I've read before. This is a book that once you start, you cannot stop until you have reached the end because you need every ounce of information and explanation as possible. For readers who love a fast-paced, hard-hitting read, this one is it. I certainly enjoyed this book, but my only complaint is that the characters fell a tad short to me. It didn't feel I got enough to truly connect with them. That is just a personal preference though, as it can be difficult to build in-depth characters in shorter reads!
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me a free ebook ARC to read. This is my honest review, and I am trying my best to avoid spoilers.
Generation Annihilation is an interesting young adult novel with a gripping plot hook. Starting with the concept of a teenager murderer with self-justifying motives makes this book a true blend of horror, mystery, and thriller/suspense. The story goes to some dark places for a young adult read, but I feel it is justified through the character development. I always enjoy books that make me think, and this one poses some good thematic topics for that.
I recommend this book to fans of horror, mystery, and especially to those who enjoy young adult novels.