Review – Dead Spots by Rhiannon Frater

16109210I am a big fan of Rhiannon Frater. She writes strong female characters with interesting paranormal and horror stories as the backdrop.

And, I have to say that Dead Spots is probably my favorite so far.

Mackenzie has gone through a horrible 6 month period and now is traveling through Texas to move back in with her mother as she pulls her life together. When she almost hits a deer and stops unexpectedly, she decides to spend a few minutes exploring a deserted old restaurant. As she walks in, she discovers that she has enters a Dead Spot – she’s no longer in the real world but that of fears and nightmares.

Part horror, part psychological thriller, part paranormal, part women’s fiction. It works.

One of the things that I love is that Frater doesn’t write about perfect women with perfect lives. Mac has suffered, been wronged and is close to the end of her rope when she goes into the Dead Spot. But, she learns to take care of herself…with a few bumps in the road. The men also aren’t cardboard cutouts. They are real with strengths and weaknesses.

Plus, the Dead Spots are freaky. I wouldn’t consider it horror with a capital H but there is plenty here to make you want to keep the night-light on and check under the bed before you go to sleep.

A great addition to your library and highly recommended. 5/5 stars.
P.S. I did have one minor quibble but it had nothing to do with the book itself. The cover model is a blonde. Mac is a brunette. I can see why a blonde would work better with the color scheme but it just seems off. Publishers, don’t do this.

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