I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.THE MARK: A Supernatural Horror Novel by Lee Mountford
Published by Amazon Digital Services on September 25, 2018
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Noir, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Psychological Horror, Suspense
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A Satanic cult. A woman's brutal assault. Can she face her darkest fear before a demon is unleashed from hell?
Kirsty Thompson is no stranger to trauma. But when a vicious attack leaves her drugged and disoriented, she never expected to wake up to a permanent scar. She starts having demonic visions, all linked to the ancient symbol carved deep into her back…
With the help of her best friend Amanda, Kirsty discovers that the mark originates from The Devil's Bible and forges a connection between her and a terrifying entity. As they track the man who assaulted her to a satanic cult, the presence hunts them from the shadows. Can Kirsty escape the devil worshippers and her bond with the heinous demon to save herself from eternal damnation?
The Mark is a terrifying standalone horror novel. If you like mysterious depraved forces, tales of the occult, and stories that will have you looking under the bed, then you’ll love Lee Mountford’s gripping tale!
THE MARK: A Supernatural Horror Novel, by Lee Mountford, is a book that was absolutely overflowing with a tense, thick atmosphere of dread all throughout. We get a brief foreshadowing in the very beginning, and from that point on, the tension and fear just continue to escalate.
Kirsty is out with her friends one night–everything business as usual–but after she returns home, events are set into motion that will leave her changed from that moment on.
“. . . After tonight, nothing would be normal for her again.”
This story started out fast and increased in pace the entire time. What stood out the most, to me, wasn’t so much the physical occurrences, as the mental and psychological terror that was present. If this had been a movie playing, I can honestly say there were moments when I would have been gasping in surprise, or holding my breath in suspense. The terror felt real to me, and that is a reaction that takes a lot of talent to evoke in a reader.
“. . . it now felt different to her. A home that was no longer a home . . . “
Kirsty was run through the gauntlet of emotions in this story, and each felt like it was the natural response called for in each respective scene. There was some comic relief to put a dent in the tension occasionally, but never enough to dispel that sense of disquiet completely.
“. . . I could create a username saying Queen of the World; it wouldn’t make it so.”
Overall, I fell that Mountford really nailed this book with his descriptions and the pace at which the story progressed. The trials that our main character faced, and her reactions to them seemed authentic. The atmosphere created was incredibly tense, and fear practically poured off the pages.
“. . . Death was only a step . . . “
The only thing I would have liked added was some more “backstory” to certain aspects of the plot.
But then again, there’s often more to fear in what you don’t know . . .