Published October 1st 2020 by Eraserhead Press
A 4 star read
Today, I’m bringing you my review of Captain Clive’s Dreamworld written by Job Bassoff as part of Blackthorn Book Tours. I was kindly enough given a review copy, and I’m really thankful for that. You do not want to miss out on this one folks!
Deputy Sam Hardy certainly isn’t one of the good guys. Even though he is a keeper of the law, he comes with his own troubles and problems. Thing is, he specifically likes to seek out trouble. After he gets caught up in the death of a young woman, his supervisor sends him to a town called Angels and Hope. Now, this town is in the midst of the desert, and only exists because of an amusement park by the name of Captain Clive’s Dreamworld.
As soon as he arrives he realizes something isn’t right with the town and the townsfolk. They are all way too happy, and they keep reassuring him there is no crime in Angels and Hope. As Hardy starts digging deeper, he realizes that girls keep going missing and no one seems to care. But looking into those missing girls puts Hardy into a dangerous position, and he soon can’t tell what is real and what isn’t anymore.
After finishing this book, I had to take a moment to process what just happened. Bassoff really grabs you by the throat in the last stages of the book, and knocks the breath out of your lungs. I mean, the entire book already felt like an odd fever dream, but it isn’t until you get close to the end that things become really dark and twisted.
I loved the atmosphere of this book. I was imagining it almost like an episode of The Twilight Zone that Hardy found himself in. It was weird, but written so well. I only wished certain scenes wouldn’t have been quite so graphic. It really came out of nowhere, and I was a bit shocked. It didn’t put me off the book though, as I still think it’s excellent.
Thanks again to Blackthorn Book Tours for this opportunity!