Review: Stygian by Santino Hassell

 Series: Standalone. Ish.

Genre: LGBT (m/m), paranormal

Rating: 4/5 stars

Cover: I could look at it for hours.

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warnings: drugs, self-harm, suicide

Description: Jeremy has been isolated and adrift since the death of his brother. Most people just see him as the skinny emo kid who wears eyeliner and plays drums. No one gets him. Nobody tries. He thought the indie rock band Stygian would become his anchor, but—lost in their own problems—they’re far from the family he sought.

Still, hoping to get close to Kennedy, the band’s enigmatic guitarist, he follows Stygian to northern Louisiana for a summer retreat. They had planned to spend six weeks focusing on new music but things go awry as soon as they arrive at the long-deserted Caroway mansion. Tempers flare, sexual tension boils over into frustration, and Jeremy turns away from the band to find a friend in his eerily beautiful landlord Hunter Caroway.

Kennedy suspects there’s something off about the creepy mansion and its mysterious owners, but Jeremy thinks he’s finally found somewhere he fits. It isn’t until Kennedy forces the Caroway’s secrets into the light that Jeremy realizes belonging sometimes comes with a price.

Review: I may have a thing for romances featuring bands. But this book is so much more. The characters – every last one of them – are as interesting, real and dark as I expect from SantinoHassell. The story gripped me and I felt everything along with Jeremy. So mostly I didn’t know who to trust, didn’t know who are the good and who are the bad guys. I’m still not entirely sure of that last aspect to be honest.

The atmosphere is so unbelievable creepy… I have to say I’m happy, I didn’t read this at night. I’m sure otherwise I would have looked over my shoulder more than once. Especially with that ending…

Most of the time stories like this are.. not exactly boring, but they sure as hell aren’t new and exciting. You kinda know what to expect . which is great, because you get what you want. But I felt that Stygian’s a little bit different and I really liked that.


2 thoughts on “Review: Stygian by Santino Hassell

  1. Yes, I completely agree! Santino writes dark novels so well, and they’re always so unique. I’m glad you enjoyed it! Have you read “Sutphin Park” yet? Dark in a completely different way.


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