Monday, September 29, 2014


Three went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.

When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house.

But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town's inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah's son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear. (From Goodreads)

Creed is written by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie. It is 264 pages and published by Flux. Creed will be available on November 8, 2014.

I absolutely love a good horror story and as we all know, horror stories don’t always have to have things that go bump in the night. Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsey Currie delivers an ultimate horror story that used good old fashioned flesh and bone humans to scare the crap out of me.
Three teens set off to a concert when their car breaks down near Purity Springs, New York. What they find is an abandoned town with sirens going off. Hmmm …. Strange? Oh yes, this is just the beginning of the nightmare that is about to become their lives.
The characters, Dee, her boyfriend Luke and his younger brother Mike, make an amazing cast of characters. Dee and Luke have an amazing relationship for a couple so young but Dee is a foster child who comes with a strong history of abuse. Luke is very gentle and compassionate, despite being an aggressive football player. Mike, Luke’s younger brother, provides the much needed comic relief with his snarky humor and sarcastic comments.  There are some other well developed characters that come into play, the town cult leader, Elijah Hawkins, who I tend to think of as ‘Psycho Freak from Hell’ and his son, Joseph.
Trisha and Lindsey really know how to set an atmosphere! There is a sense of eeriness that is present throughout Creed that just doesn’t go away. It sort of permeated my mood and stuck with me. I don’t want to say much more, to do so will spoil the actual premise of the story and I don’t want to do that!
What starts out to be the beginning of a fun weekend for the teens soon turns out to be the worst weekend of their lives. In light of keeping this as spoiler free as possible, I will say that there is some serious sick stuff that goes down, there is some serious heart-breaking moments and there is some serious what the hell moments. And that is what kept me turning pages! All. The. Way. To. The. End!
If you like horror with a little side of psycho, then Creed is for you. Trust me, you’ll think twice the next time you get stranded on the side of the road!

This ARC was given to me in exchange for an honest review.



  1. I do enjoy thrillers so this one seems right for me. Oh I love the sound of the atmospheric worldbuilding here. Yep, need to read this one! :)

    1. I went Kayaking Sunday on a long stretch of lonely river and seriously got the creeps because of this book! And it was broad daylight, LOL!

  2. It's been a while since I read a good horror story but I like one from time to time. I didn't know this one I confess but I'll write it down for later. thank you!

  3. It's a good one, Melliane! Perfect Halloween read!