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Monday, September 2, 2013

Review: Goodbye Nothing by Beck Sherman

Title: Goodbye Nothing
Series: No
Author: Beck Sherman
Published: TBA
Format: Ebook provided for review

Since the night of the accident, Cain Emmerick has felt different. Empty. What was important to him—family, friends, his job—doesn't matter anymore. His new life revolves around that Nothing inside of him and the extraordinary highs he gets from committing random acts of violence.

Seventeen-year-old Joey Morgan is blind, but that doesn't stop her from seeing. Something bad is about to happen. Something that could tear her world apart. For Joey, college life isn't quite turning out like she planned, because before good grades, fitting in, and love, comes survival.

I’d read Beck Sherman before, and I thought there was something special there. Now I know for sure. Are you a horror fan? I am. And Goodbye Nothing is a spectacular and horrifying treat. Seriously, Stephen King better look out – it’s that good.

Goodbye Nothing is about Cain. Cain is a good guy with a good family and a good job. Cain has a good life, by all counts. You get a small glimpse of that - just enough to foreshadow the positively evil that’s about to take over. Cain gets into an accident and everything changes. EVERYTHING. And then “holy-fuck-oh-no-he-didn’t!!!” happens and your brain is thrown into a tailspin as you try to grasp and come to terms with what happens right out of the gate.

“Hello Nothing. Let’s make plans.”

This book is eerie, creepy, and crazy. Beck Sherman went all out and gave us actual horror!! This isn’t sexy time mixed with some sexy-scary villain, wrapped up in a nice bow. Nope, it’s actual OMG horror. Goodbye Nothing made my skin crawl, it made me uncomfortable, it even made me think I wouldn’t be able to finish at one point. There was gore galore; blood and guts and rot – and the villain, Cain, enjoyed it. It was bloody fantastic to get lost in it.

Ok, so about the book? Cain changes. He’s filled with the Nothing. So nothing matters to him, and Nothing seemingly protects him. He can do whatever the piss he wants, and no one says a word. In fact, it’s like people are blind to it. And then Cain comes in contact with the man who hit him that fateful night, and he realizes life is about to change again. Cain transforms from a hunter into a hunter on a timeclock.

But while we are going along with Cain, we also get to meet a young lady named Joey. Joey is blind, but she is just the sweetest thing. You want to like her; you want her to be happy. She’s got a best friend, Ren, who I just fell in love with. He was just a wonderful guy and such a great friend. But everything with Joey was just a bit…off. Joey is like the calm before the storm, and you wonder if she is going to survive the hurricane coming.

Zombies and vampires don’t scare me (yet). What does scare me, and scares the life out of me, are actual people who kill for sport and for fun. The things that could actually happen in real life, right in front of you, scare me. This book touched on some things I normally stay away from in books. But I kept reading because I just enjoyed the author’s writing style so much. And I am so glad I stuck with it. What I got in return was a whirlwind of a story filled with so many things I was just in awe. Cain is a smart ass sociopath. He is evil (or is he just the absence of all evil and good…Nothing) And he is like something sparkly that I just want to grab and turn round and round until I see every facet.

“The athame has a dull edge because it’s for ceremonial use only. Sir, may I suggest you go home and rest. Rethink your plans.”

“By the way, have you heard what they say?”


“Have you heard what they say?”

“I don’t know. What?”

“There’s no rest for the wicked!” Cain stuck out his tongue and shook his head.

He grabbed the athame, jumped on top of the counter, and drove the blade through the saleswoman’s right cheek, veering it upward at the last second.

This book is brutal. It’s not for everyone. You have to really enjoy authors like Stephen King and Dean Koontz. But if you like horror, I promise you will like Goodbye Nothing. All of the characters are so colorful and varied. You get to meet a few people in this book, and they are all written beautifully. I really felt like they were right there in front of me. The whole concept of the book is great too. The Nothing is something that is a character in itself. There is some snark and even some dark comedic moments. But the shining star is Cain, and the insane look you get to see into Nothing.

Goodbye Nothing isn't on Amazon YET.  As soon as it is, I will update this review.  Until then, here is Beck's page on Amazon

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