Book Review: White Horse by Erika T. Wurth

  White Horse  by Erika T. Wurth Genre:  Horror, Mystery Synopsis:   Kari James, Urban Native, is a fan of heavy metal, ripped jeans, ...


White Horse by Erika T. Wurth

Genre: Horror, Mystery

Kari James, Urban Native, is a fan of heavy metal, ripped jeans, Stephen King novels, and dive bars. She spends most of her time at her favorite spot in Denver, a bar called White Horse. There, she tries her best to ignore her past and the questions surrounding her mother who abandoned her when she was just two years old.

But soon after her cousin Debby brings her a traditional bracelet that once belonged to Kari’s mother, Kari starts seeing disturbing visions of her mother and a mysterious creature. When the visions refuse to go away, Kari must uncover what really happened to her mother all those years ago. Her father, permanently disabled from a car crash, can’t help her. Her Auntie Squeaker seems to know something but isn’t eager to give it all up at once. Debby’s anxious to help, but her controlling husband keeps getting in the way.

Kari’s journey toward a truth long denied by both her family and law enforcement forces her to confront her dysfunctional relationships, thoughts about a friend she lost in childhood, and her desire for the one thing she’s always wanted but could never have…

Content/Trigger Warnings: Abuse, heavy alcohol usage, some graphic imagery, death, hallucinations

Overall rating:  ★★★★☆

I tend to have mixed feelings about procedural-type novels, and while White Horse wasn’t a procedural, it did give off those vibes in the early chapters of the book. I was worried I’d feel annoyed and frustrated, but this book exceeded my expectations. 

 The entire novel has a heavy Stephen King influence and in no way shies away from that fact. In actuality, it engrains that influence into its story and mentions it. I really liked that. 

I found the story to be scary, the writing strong, and characters to be interesting, if not particularly likeable. Though this was a book I was hesitant about during the first parts of, I really found myself engaged with this story. I’d read it again, especially to take in a little bit of the extra details I feel I missed the first time around.

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