Endurance (Afraid #3) by Jack Kilborn

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The bed and breakfast was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location. Especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor.


When the event hotel for the national Iron Woman triathlon accidentally overbooked, competitor Maria was forced to stay at the Rushmore. But after checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn't alone. First her suitcase wasn't where she put it. Then her cell phone was moved. Finally, she heard an odd creaking under the bed. Confusion quickly turned to fear, and fear to hysteria when she discovered the front door was barred and the windows were bricked over. There was no way out.


One year later, four new female athletes have become guests of the Inn. Will they escape the horrors within its walls? Or will they join the many others who have died there, in ways too terrible to imagine?


I am so glad I found Jack Kilborn/J.A. Koranth. His books are really fantastic. Super nightmare inducing. I love it. I love all of them I have read so far. My first was Trapped, my favorite, but they have all been great. The imagination this guy has for the horribly terrifyingly painfully disturbing images is top notch. Oh, if you don't like horror, if you don't like pain and suffering and torture, you should not read these books. They are wonderfully intense and I can't get enough of them. 

Endurance is about a little, creepy bed and breakfast in the middle of nowhere. Every year a bunch of female athletes come to compete in a triathlon, but not everyone makes it to the event. Seems the hotel they booked rooms for is magically booked up and the only place to stay is at the Rushmore Inn. 

The books starts off with one lady and a bit of what happens to her when she is forced to spend the night there. Then we cut to a year later when a new batch of athletes comes to town. You have a great group of people who have to deal with a whole host of terrifying situations. I mean really, I don't know how some of them made it, or made it as long as they did. One thing is for certain, you will check in but you might not check out. 

The proprietor of the Rushmore Inn is...she is something. Her and her family have royal blood and she is obsessed with the Presidents. The images the author creates? They are fantastically horrifying. I love this stuff. It is all about the pain and suffering and just worse than the worst case scenario you could come up with. I tell you what, this story is fantastic. I loved every minute of it. I loved how we got all the different point of views, the runners, the reporter guy, the family, glimpses of what happened to the girl from the beginning, all of it. This book is so great, but you really have to want this kind of read. If you are squeamish it might not be for you. Or it might give you nightmares. For real. It was so much fun!!!

Rating:  ★ ★ ★1/2


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