Once Upon A Nightmare by Lee Moylan
The murder scenes were quite scary. When I read the part about how the killer 'decorated' his victim's room with her organs and body parts, I felt a slight repulse in my stomach. And when Sara, the protagonist, rocked 'something' in her arms, I felt as if my heart had stopped beating. The chapter where the killer 'prayed' on Susannah Martin also freaked me out. It was so real, so graphic and intense, as I have heard many others say. Please note that there are some adult contents in the story.
Sara's bravery in fighting the sadistic killer really impressed me, after all she's gone through. Oddly, I like the way Sara shouted curses to the killer. I realized, after reading the whole story, a pure hatred towards the evil killer who caused misery to poor Rebecca, Susannah and Sara had been borne in my heart.
The connection between Sara and Rebecca seemed special - in a good way. Rebecca loved her friend so much that she tried to warn her about the killer, even after she had gone to 'the other world'.
Lee Moylan writes in a way that's both gripping and thrilling. I could feel my heart thumping in my chest, I was a little afraid to go on, but I really wanted to know what will occur next, or in another way, will there be another innocent one under the merciless blade of the killer?
Reading this book was like a thrilling roller-coaster ride. Although the violence was a little too much for me, Once Upon A Nightmare was undeniably a very good horror fiction which combines elements of terrifying manslaughter and the art of forensic. It sent a chill down my spine when I thought of the evil acts a mentally ill person can do.
Rating: 8.5 / 10
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Lee Moylan is a fiction writer with a BS degree in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Besides a fascination with biology and chemistry, she has a passion for the art of forensics. She has studied many books on the subject as well as those on serial killers. Instead of pursuing a career in forensic chemistry, she decided to raise a family and turn her intellectual and creative talents to the writing of haunting fiction.