Reaper is a horror novella by Jonathan Pongratz. Can Gregory find his sister before it’s too late?
Thank you to Shannon of R&R Book Tours for sending me a free copy of Reaper, in return for an honest review.
Gregory is 13 years old and is excited to finally be allowed to babysit his younger sister, Imogen. Gregory’s parents are going out for the evening on Halloween, leaving him in charge of entertaining Imogen as well as giving candy to trick or treaters. If he does a good job, his parents promise him an allowance. How hard can it be?
Things are going fine until the basement door opens by itself, and Imogen decides to play hide and seek downstairs…
The first section of the book, when Gregory and Imogen go into the basement, is eerie and incredibly atmospheric. I had chills down my spine! The second half is more action-focused, as Gregory decides to try and fight to save his sister, with help from a friend. It’s really exciting and well-paced — as Reaper is just 95 pages long, there’s not much space for character back story or irrelevant details.
Reaper really did not end the way that I thought it would! I enjoyed the twists near the end of the story and it kept me hooked until the very last page.
Reaper is great if you are looking for an entertaining, spooky fast read. There’s definitely enough here for it to be expanded into a longer, full length novel — I’d compare it to Stranger Things or IT by Stephen King.
The blurb for Reaper
The boogeyman is real.
Gregory and his little sister Imogen love spending Halloween with their parents. But this year is different. If he proves he can take care of Imogen all by himself, he’ll finally have the allowance he’s dreamed of.
That was before the basement door opened on its own. Before the strange door appeared in the basement and Imogen was taken from him by the monster.
Now everyone in town is blaming him for her disappearance, but no one is listening to his story. Where did the door come from? What was that creature? And most of all, can he find his sister before it’s too late, or will he bury his memories of her along with his parents?
About the author, Jonathan Pongratz
Jonathan Pongratz is a writer and author of captivating horror, urban fantasy, and paranormal stories. When he’s not writing, he’s busy being a bookworm, video game junkie, and karaoke vocalist. A former resident of Dallas, he currently resides in Kansas City with his Halloween cat Ajax. By day he works magic in finance, by night he creates dark and mesmerising worlds.