Horror Fiction Reviews / Rob Shepherd

Friends Like Us

By Rob Shepherd


A haunting tale of tragedy and friendship


A group of friends are taking one last holiday all together but are surprised when the long-lost member of the group agrees to go. After years of struggling with his family’s, and especially his own, ghosts and haunted past, Oliver needs to confront his demons and move on. But whilst playing what they think is a harmless game on holiday in a lodge, Oliver and his friends find out just how real your past can be in your present. In a panic, the friends make a fatal decision. Now the past has come to haunt them and the friends realise just how fragile their own realities and bodies really are. Who will last the night and who will have to stay forever?

Content Review

This is a haunting, beautiful, horrific story of love, friendship, and tragedy.

The characterization in Friends Like Us is phenomenal.  The characters are complex and well presented and their interactions with each other are very realistic. At times you can see how well meshed the group of friends is and at other times you can feel the moment of “why are we even friends?”  This realism of the characters draws the reader in.

The story has a wonderfully abrupt beginning that settles into a smooth pace with building tension.  Then it all just shifts (smoothly) into a different direction of darkness and up-and-down suspense.  The haunting ending, when you reach it, provides excellent closure to the story.

While it does have some explicit scenes, it is not a graphic tale of hard core violence, not extreme horror. It is a psychological horror tale that includes well written scenes of violence and suffering. (along with some sexual content… young adults in a cabin, you know)

All in all, this is exceedingly well written and a great read.

Print Length: 130 pages
Publication date: November 21, 2015
Horror fiction

Get it on Amazon: here


About the Author: Rob Shepherd

Author of several books of varying genre from humorous novella Life With Boris Karloff to WW2 drama Sofiah, and from poetry title Stripped Unconsciousness to Horror such as The Caretaker and The Grays Anatomy. Rob has no genre specificity, instead he likes to write stories that appeal to himself and that simply spark inside his mind. The important thing is to enjoy writing, it doesn’t matter what you write so long as you enjoy the art of doing it. Rob shares his home with his Wife Michelle, son Daniel, grumpy and somewhat psycho but adorable cat Jinx and slightly unhinged and late in the queue for IQ; Ethel, the Sharpei cross.

“The saying goes that everybody has one good book in them, in that case I intend to flood the world with genius.

It doesn’t matter if you write 1 paragraph or 100 pages a day or in a week, the important thing is that you ‘write’.

The impossible is always possible, you just have to know how and where to imagine.”

Born in Basildon, Essex in 1978 Rob now resides in Thurrock, Essex.

Rob Shepherd’s Amazon Page

Interview at Pebble In the Still Waters

Interview at author interviews

Author Spotlight at Where Darkness Dwells

Where has the Fantastic Gone in Horror?


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