By Wesley Southard
Vivid. Evocative. Horrifying
Realtor Hershel Merkley set out to do the impossible: to finally sell the estranged Whitecomb Mansion. Following the brutal murder of its previous owner, the lavish country estate has sat vacant for nine long years, and while many have tried to fill its walls with life, Hershel is determined to make his wealthy Russian clients the perfect fit.
But as the Sokolov’s secrets begin to unravel, and the price of his morals comes into question, Hershel finds that their lascivious demands may be the very least of his worries. What they find in the basement is a much bigger problem …
Last night I read Closing Costs by Wesley Southard. I read it cover to cover in one sitting. Then I set it down and wondered how messed up my dreams were going to be if I managed to get to sleep at all. I did get to sleep, and my dreams were pretty messed up.
The first chapter in Closing Costs is both flowing and horrific and sets the stage for the incredible story that follows.
This story has so many unexpected twists and turns, I don’t know where to begin to describe it without giving something away. The ominous, titillating little synopsis is the very tip of the proverbial iceberg as far as describing what shocks and horrors and hells are waiting for you on these pages.
Southard’s writing style is my new guilty pleasure. Descriptive without being overwritten. Graphic yet flowing. Vivid and captivating and evocative and horrifying.
Closing Costs is a nail-biter (yes, I actually caught myself biting my nails) and a stomach-churner, a daring mix of horrors skillfully woven together. Shelf-worthy and highly recommended.
And yes, Wesley, I found that “What’s wrong with you, Wesley” moment in the book. Two actually. Well done.
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About the Author: Wesley Southard
Wesley Southard is the author of The Betrayed, Closing Costs, One For The Road, and Resisting Madness, and has had short stories appear in outlets such as Cover of Darkness Magazine, Eulogies II: Tales from the Cellar and Clickers Forever: A Tribute to J.F. Gonzalez. When not watching numerous hours of ice hockey, he spends his free time reading and drinking copious amounts of green soda. He is also a graduate of the Atlanta Institute of Music, and he currently lives in South Central Pennsylvania with his wife and their cavalcade of animals.
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