Product Review: THE TORMENT OF RACHEL AMES – A NOVELLA by Jeff Gunhus

Good afternoon readers! I am so excited today to share with you this amazing book I got to read/review! So let’s get to it!!! 

Book Name:

The Torment of Rachel Ames

by Jeff Gunhus

About the Book:

(taken from the website)

Suffering from writer’s block, novelist Rachel Ames escapes to a lake cabin to calm her mind and regain a sense of herself. The location is perfect. Isolated. Beautiful. Inspiring. It even comes with a good-looking landlord who shows an interest in her. But she can’t shake the sense that something terrible has followed her to the lake, something just beyond her consciousness, something out on the edge where the sounds of a raging fire and sirens linger whenever she slows down to listen. Determined to make the cabin work, she tries to settle in and give her new life a chance. But when strange things begin to happen around her, she wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake. As the darkness that’s followed her manifests itself in inexplicable ways, her concept of reality is stretched thin and she realizes nothing at the lake is what it seems. As she fights to survive with her sanity intact, she understands too late that the location she’s chosen for herself is far from perfect.

About the Author:

(taken from his Goodreads Bio)

Jeff Gunhus is the author thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 100 on Amazon and have been Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel

My Review:

I am absolutely speechless! I have never read a book with so
much twists & turns & ‘OMG wait
moments and I have over 200! I love to read but my heart &
passion belongs to writing. The way Rachel talks about going away, to be alone to
write I can whole heartily relate to, and as you read on it just gets crazier.
Why does John keep checking up on Rachel? Why did Granger tell her that if the
cabin tries to tell her something that it won’t always be the truth? Why is
Ollie sweeping the forest? All these questions kept popping in my head as I
read the book. And when all the questions got answered I just couldn’t believe
the twist in the story. And then right when I thought I had it figured out..
BAM another twist!

Being a writer I am obsessed with quotes whether they be
small, funny one liners that have you giggling to yourself or a quote that
makes you really sit back and think. This book had so many of both! But these
two different lines are by far my favorite:

‘Sometimes the first
cup of coffee in the morning is better than a week of orgasms’

I seriously
could not help but laugh to myself because sometimes it is! I am a huge coffee
lover so this related to me so well.

Now this is conversation between Rachel and John and it is
by far one of my favorites throughout the book. (Another being the conversation
about Greek Gods between Rachel and Ollie):

“You said it yourself;
writers have these keen powers of observation. Observe too much and it’s easy
to forget you’ve been put on this earth to be a participant.”

“Yeah, well there are worse things than forgetting.”

“I don’t know about that. Everything we do, everything that happens to us makes
us who we are. Forgetting something, even something bad, reduces us. Erodes who
we aee at the edges. Forget enough and that erosion can go to your core.”

I think I reread that conversation a few times because it is
absolutely true! I have had a lot of bad happen to me and when I read this part
I was in such awe, completely speechless. This book is so amazing I just can’t
even explain it without giving it away. It is such an easy read too! I am a
slow reader but it seriously took me 3 hours to read, which if you’re a speed
reader should probably take you a half hour. LOL But for it being a thin book,
Jeff wrote it so well and didn’t leave anything out! After I finished the book
I walked into my house looked at my mother and just said ‘Wow’. She asked me
how it was and I just handed to her and said ‘You need to read this, you will
love it.’

I would recommend this book to just about anyone! The
psychological basis behind the book is so impressive I just can’t get over it!
Jeff Gunhus can tell a story like no other, please go get this book. I promise you
will NOT be disappointed!

Are you interested in this book?! If so click here to purchase it!

Also if you’d like to learn more about the author or read up on what else he has written please visit his official website or click on the hyper link under About the Author to visit his Goodreads account!

**I was given this Book for free by the author for my absolute 100% opinion. I was in no way coerced into saying what I said or how I feel. My opinions are my own, and I will not recommend a product to viewers if I do not like it.** 


  1. Mrs ABC

    June 14, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    you've just sold me on the book. my husband and i are HUGE readers! i can't wait to check this one out.

  2. Ckrusch

    June 12, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    This sounds like a book I need to read! Love it! Thanks for the great review!!

  3. Shabby Chic Boho

    June 12, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I love books that have a lot of twists and turns to them. I'm such a bookworm, I read on a daily basis. I'll check this book out more.

  4. Lynndee

    June 10, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Sounds like a must-read. Bet my bookworm hubby would find this book interesting.

  5. Debra Pearlstein

    June 10, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I love thrillers. Whether it's a tv show, movie or a good book like this one, I'm hooked on them!

  6. Stephanie Pass

    June 10, 2016 at 4:07 am

    I will definitely be checking this out. I just love a good scary story with twists. I hate when I can guess the ending, lol.

  7. Bonnie Gowen

    June 10, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Having twists and turns in this story sounds like my type of book! Will have to check it out.!

  8. lori felix

    June 9, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    The Torment of Rachel Ames sounds like a great read. I'll have to pick up a copy next week when I get back from my weekend getaway since I'm going to a lake.

  9. Tiffany

    June 9, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    That's so cool that he wrote a book solely to get his son interested in reading and then it turned into a series.

  10. Eloise Maoudj-Riley

    June 9, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    I'm looking for a good page turner suspense book, I'll have to check this one out and see what it's all about! thanks for the share!

  11. Ann B

    June 9, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    This sounds like a great book. I am looking for a new one to start. I will have to pick up a copy.

  12. Karissa @WithOurBest

    June 9, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    I don't usually read horror books, but I have been reading a few thrillers lately. If it isn't TOOOO scary I can read it without bad dreams!

  13. Kristen Dann

    June 9, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    I've been looking for a book to take to the beach with me. This sounds like one that would be right up my alley.

  14. Ashley @ Hello nature

    June 9, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Sounds like a great book! I love finding new books to add to my Summer reading list – this one is definitely being added!

  15. Rebecca Swenor

    June 9, 2016 at 9:11 am

    This is indeed a great review and you have me interested for sure. I love scary and physiologically based reads which this sounds like something I would love to read. Thanks for a great review.

  16. Ricci

    June 9, 2016 at 3:19 am

    This sounds like a book I would love! Thanks for the great review!!

  17. Chrystal Mahan

    June 8, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    ""Suffering from writer's block, novelist Rachel Ames escapes to a lake cabin to calm her mind and regain a sense of herself. ""

    I am interested already. I recently had a writers block. Well, I have plenty of ideas, I just didn't want to blog because I wanted to focus on my fiction that needs finished. So, I took off to a cabin for the weekend.

  18. Jennifer Johnson

    June 8, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    I love finding new books to read. This sounds like a great read, I need to find more time to read.

  19. Stacie

    June 8, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Oooh! This sounds like a good one! I love a book that keeps me guessing. There aren't too many of them around since I've read as many as I have. I'll have to give this one a try.

Let me know what you think!