Today I am taking part in the blog tour for The Stairwell by Dean Bryant. This was released on the 30th of October, published by Darkstroke Books.
Frightful visions. An unknown manipulator. A force from beyond reason.
Brandon Chapman arrives home to a horrific scene. His wife, Stephanie, is exhibiting behaviour that he can only describe as that of someone possessed – yet he doesn’t even believe in the supernatural. He soon realises that it was nothing other than a frightful, haunting vision.
After discovering a dark secret about Stephanie, Brandon meets a strange figure with knowledge about his own life that no one could possibly know. As his visions become more frequent and terrifying, he begins to question his sanity.
Brandon must either side with this figure or his wife before his daughter comes to harm.
Alice Hamilton, a shy and quiet university student, meets handsome Niel Curtis whilst on a night out with friends. They very quickly fall for one another, but their happiness is short-lived when Niel ends up in a coma after a traffic accident.
Alice fears he may never wake up again and, unaware of the consequences, strikes a deal with a strange voice. When Niel awakes, his behaviour changes drastically, and Alice – like Brandon – becomes subject to nightmarish, violent visions.
Are Brandon and Alice caught in a never-ending nightmare?
It is super rare that I read a book in the horror genre as I scare very easily, but I could not help be drawn to this book and I just had to read it. It is a very chilling and disturbing tale, that did absolutely freak me out and one that had me only reading it during the day!
In the case of The Stairwell, less is more when taking about the plot and it is best going in with just what the blurb gives you. What I will say is the Dean Bryant has created something so terrifying yet intriguing and it just messes with your head, so much so that you feel like you are also experiencing it, but through the characters eyes.
As a debut novel, I think that Dean Bryant has done an amazing job with The Stairwell. The writing is sharp, the characters well developed, interesting and have really been brought to life through the pages perfectly. You can’t help but feel for them and what they are going through.
The Stairwell is a dark and twisted read that is so creepy, but at the same time, also very compelling. It just demands your attention and with each chapter ending with you wanting more, even with the fear factor, it was very hard for me to stop reading after the sun had gone down!
Thank you to Dean Bryant and Darkstroke Books for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Stairwell, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, I amx` unable to add to Amazon UK.
The Stairwell Blog Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Dean Bryant
Dean has always loved writing, ever since his primary school teacher wrote “another cracker from the pen of Dean Bryant” on his English homework. He loves writing horror and dark thrillers as they allow him to be as imaginative as possible. He won a nation-wide poetry competition when he was 11 and went on to never write another poem.
He’s a huge fan of the classic horror authors Stephen King and Dean Koontz, with Midnight being his favourite book of all time. He studied Psychology at university which made him the friend everyone goes to for advice.
Dean lives in London with his partner of ten years, who also doubles as a beta-reader and critic. He is a type 1 diabetic, which hasn’t stopped him eating cake, he just has to do a lot of mental math first.
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