Thursday, December 11, 2014

Advent Reads Day 11: Santa's Little Helper by H. D. Gordon

Synopsis: "He shows up in a white box, with a bright red book under his arm... He wears a jolly grin and hat, a suit with gold bells and green yarn... He watches you for Santa, or so his red book claims... But though his grin is jolly, he's not here for fun and games...

The children have been chosen, such precious little souls they are... And may the Gods be with them, if they wish to make it very far... For Santa's Little Helper does not say, but knows important things... He knows when you've been bad or good, and what monsters stalk your dreams... He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you're awake...He's picking out his presents...He's got some souls to take."

My Review: Even though I don't read a lot of suspense or horror books, I decided to pick this one up as something new for the holiday season. I think those elf on a shelf dolls are creepy and this story went right along with that thought. Unfortunately, this tale wasn't as gripping as I had expected, I didn't have a heart pounding experience while reading it. The format kept kicking you out of the story by jumping between too many characters, which also drew the story out far too long. I feel like the author just wanted to make sure there were enough dead people to make it a horror story so extended it to accommodate those deaths. Sadly, it just fell a little flat for me, the creepy factor was already there for me (between elf on a shelf and Chuckie) and this didn't really add to that fear.
My Rating: I really dislike those elf on a shelf dolls and thought this would be an interesting twist to add to the advent reads event.  It was a great idea but unfortunately the suspense and horror part just didn't deliver for me.  I give it a rating of One Paw and a Stump Wag.
Santa's Little Helper was sent to me by the author for an honest review.
You can find out more about the author on her Goodread Page or Website.
You can also obtain your own copy in digital or print format on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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