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{Review} ENDURANCE by J.A. Konrath

Published by Pinnacle Books Genres: Crime/Serial Killer, Dark Fiction, Extreme Horror, Fiction, Horror, Psychological Horror, Suspense, Thriller
Format: ARC

One year ago, a young woman checked into a small bed-and-breakfast in the hills of West Virginia. She was never seen again . . .

Tonight, the Rushmore Inn will host four new guests who bear striking similarities to the woman who disappeared. Like her, they are young and beautiful—Iron Woman athletes arriving for a triathalon. Like her, they were forced to come to this godforsaken place when their hotel overbooked. And like her, they will come face to face with the kind of terror that can kill mere mortals. But this year will be different. This time the women are fighting back . . .


From bestselling author J.A. Konrath comes a rollercoaster of terror and suspense, a nightmarish ride into the depths of madness that tests the very limits of human endurance . . .

3.5 Stars. Buy on Amazon

Horror After Dark Review

ENDURANCE, by J.A. Konrath, is a gruesome novel with a good dose of dark comedy thrown in, that you will not be able to get out of your mind for quite some time afterward. Several athletes competing at the Iron Woman Triathlon find that their hotel had been overbooked. However, the hotel clerk is happy to inform them that they will be put up–free of charge–at the Rushmore Inn.

Konrath introduces us to several groupings of characters, all conveniently arriving at different times. Two of them, Felix and Cam, are looking for a woman that went missing at the previous year’s Triathlon. Having received nothing more than a brush-off from the local authority, they’ve decided to search for Maria themselves. The last message Felix had received from his fiancée, stated that she was being forced to stay at some Bed and Breakfast in the hills, due to the hotel overbooking . . . 

“Welcome to relentless fear . . . “ 

The Rushmore Inn is one of the most unsettling locations I’ve read about. Hidden deep in the woods, this massive, dilapidated home is run by a formidable woman named Eleanor Roosevelt. As if that weren’t odd enough, the entire place is a shrine to past Presidents. At this point you’d think alarm bells would be going off, and the characters would turn around and get the hell out of there.

Of course, they don’t.

“. . . didn’t mind quaint and rustic. But backwoods and hidden weren’t a good match.” 

While the characters were far from believable, I did enjoy the moments of dark humor injected into the story. As things progressed, the reality of what was happening in the house was as horrible as you could imagine, made even more so by each additional revelation.

“. . . After their first night, some of our guests never want to leave . . .” 

Honestly, this read more like a “hillbilly” torture and gore fest to me, although the originality and details Konrath went into make certain you won’t forget these scenes anytime soon!

“Escape is impossible. Resistance is met with violence.” 

Overall, this novel had some really intense scenes that fans of hardcore torture methods will appreciate. There were a couple of twists I didn’t see coming, but for the most part–aside from the graphic violence–I felt that much of what the characters did was easy to predict. Conveniently, many had the chance to “face their greatest fears”. Even though I had no real connection to the characters, I did enjoy the author’s imagination and the dark humor in this book.

“. . . It’s not so bad . . . Dying . . . “

About The Author

JA Konrath is the author of eleven novels in the Jack Daniels thriller series. They do not have to be read in chronologically to be enjoyed, but the order is: Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, Cherry Bomb, Shaken, Stirred, Rum Runner, Last Call, and White Russian. More coming soon.

Jack Daniels also appears in the novels Dead On My Feet, Dying Breath, Everybody Dies, Shot of Tequila, Flee, Spree, Three, Timecaster Supersymmetry, Banana Hammock, Lady 52, and Serial Killers Uncut. She’s also in the novellas Floaters, Burners, Planter’s Punch, Babe On Board, Racked, Straight Up, October Dark, Jacked Up!, Beat Down, Cheese Wrestling, Abductions, Watched Too Long, and Babysitting Money, and the collection Jack Daniels Stories.

Wow, that’s a lot of Jack.

Other novels include the thrillers Origin, The List, Disturb, Timecaster, Afraid, Trapped, Endurance, Haunted House, Webcam, Grandma?, Holes In The Ground, and Draculas. Other novellas include Fix, Hit, Naughty, Exposed, Rescue, and Wild Night is Calling.

He also writes the Stop A Murder mystery puzzle series, where you become the sleuth and solve brain teasers to try and catch a killer. 

And, finally, he writes erotica under the pen name Melinda DuChamp.

Joe writes a lot. You should probably read everything.

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I am an avid reader/reviewer and collector of books--primarily horror, supernatural, and supernatural-themed thrillers.


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