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In the vein of John MacDonald’s Cape Fear, Ahlborn takes the classic stalker tale and updates it for the modern era. The house sits stoic and slightly askew off the coast of Raven’s Head. Its off-kilter windows are both charming and disorienting, its walls of overstuffed bookshelves both comforting and claustrophobic. When Leo and Lark Parrish arrive at their vacation home In the vein of John MacDonald’s Cape Fear, Ahlborn takes the classic stalker tale and updates it for the modern era. The house sits stoic and slightly askew off the coast of Raven’s Head. Its off-kilter windows are both charming and disorienting, its walls of overstuffed bookshelves both comforting and claustrophobic. When Leo and Lark Parrish arrive at their vacation home with their parents, their mother’s idea of a quintessential Maine getaway seems like both a blessing and a curse. Lark—a novice novelist—can’t wait to find inspiration at the end of a fog-entombed pier. She’ll forgive her mother for forcing her into this non-negotiable holiday, but only if she can find her muse among a lapping, rocky shore. And while being trapped in a house with no means of escape is the last thing Leo would consider a good time—especially with parents on the precipice of divorce—he can’t help but wonder if maybe the change of scenery will help him shake off the chains of sadness brought on by the death of his closest friend. But what starts off as a relatively benign family trip quickly turns menacing. Leo finds himself face-to-face with what feels like his best friend reaching out from beyond the grave, and only hours after they arrive, Lark begins to receive sinister texts. And then they both see it: someone lurking in the shadows of their rental home. Someone who has been expecting them despite the Parrishes being a thousand miles from home.


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In the vein of John MacDonald’s Cape Fear, Ahlborn takes the classic stalker tale and updates it for the modern era. The house sits stoic and slightly askew off the coast of Raven’s Head. Its off-kilter windows are both charming and disorienting, its walls of overstuffed bookshelves both comforting and claustrophobic. When Leo and Lark Parrish arrive at their vacation home In the vein of John MacDonald’s Cape Fear, Ahlborn takes the classic stalker tale and updates it for the modern era. The house sits stoic and slightly askew off the coast of Raven’s Head. Its off-kilter windows are both charming and disorienting, its walls of overstuffed bookshelves both comforting and claustrophobic. When Leo and Lark Parrish arrive at their vacation home with their parents, their mother’s idea of a quintessential Maine getaway seems like both a blessing and a curse. Lark—a novice novelist—can’t wait to find inspiration at the end of a fog-entombed pier. She’ll forgive her mother for forcing her into this non-negotiable holiday, but only if she can find her muse among a lapping, rocky shore. And while being trapped in a house with no means of escape is the last thing Leo would consider a good time—especially with parents on the precipice of divorce—he can’t help but wonder if maybe the change of scenery will help him shake off the chains of sadness brought on by the death of his closest friend. But what starts off as a relatively benign family trip quickly turns menacing. Leo finds himself face-to-face with what feels like his best friend reaching out from beyond the grave, and only hours after they arrive, Lark begins to receive sinister texts. And then they both see it: someone lurking in the shadows of their rental home. Someone who has been expecting them despite the Parrishes being a thousand miles from home.

30 review for Dark Across The Bay

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Dark Across the Bay reminds me of Ahlborn's The Shuddering because they both possessed: 1) Outstanding writing 2) Plots that kept me reading late into the night 3) Exciting and unpredictable villains 4) Protagonists so painfully annoying that I could NEVER root for them I like flawed characters, but the Parrish family is not flawed. They are vapid, stereotypical, and moronic. I couldn't help wanting them to all die in the end because that is what they deserved--to buried facedown in a shallow grave Dark Across the Bay reminds me of Ahlborn's The Shuddering because they both possessed: 1) Outstanding writing 2) Plots that kept me reading late into the night 3) Exciting and unpredictable villains 4) Protagonists so painfully annoying that I could NEVER root for them I like flawed characters, but the Parrish family is not flawed. They are vapid, stereotypical, and moronic. I couldn't help wanting them to all die in the end because that is what they deserved--to buried facedown in a shallow grave where they can never grace another page again. But somehow, just like with the Shuddering, when I finished the book I could only remember the good parts. The creepy house, the isolated landscape, the incredible visuals Ania Alhborn so talentedly weaves.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Baker

    Read this in about 3 hours!! Dark Across The Bay is exactly the kind of thriller I’d expect from Ania Ahlborn; bloody, twisty, and dark as hell. My one caveat is that now I’m kinda depressed after that ending 😅 It’s definitely not as bleak as some of Anias other endings, but it still hit me a little hard.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Janelle Janson

    Ania Ahlborn is one of my favorite authors, so I am honored to review her latest creation, DARK ACROSS THE BAY. It’s only available through Earthling Publications as a deluxe hardcover, but it is worth every bit of the $50 price tag. Josh Malerman writes the introduction and he starts off with a grand segue into how, in the hands of Ania Ahlborn, family dynamics are not always as they seem. Not even close, as by the end, and in Malerman’s own words, Ania gives us readers a bird’s eye view of “wh Ania Ahlborn is one of my favorite authors, so I am honored to review her latest creation, DARK ACROSS THE BAY. It’s only available through Earthling Publications as a deluxe hardcover, but it is worth every bit of the $50 price tag. Josh Malerman writes the introduction and he starts off with a grand segue into how, in the hands of Ania Ahlborn, family dynamics are not always as they seem. Not even close, as by the end, and in Malerman’s own words, Ania gives us readers a bird’s eye view of “who got what they deserved, who got screwed, and who made it out alive.” I think he nails it. “Or maybe Felix had never been there at all, Leo thought. Maybe you made him up as you slipped into madness. Maybe that’s why you keep smelling that scent...the one nobody else seems to smell.” The title alone, Dark Across the Bay, has an ominous feel to it. As I opened the book and read the first chapter, all I read was fear, and all I visioned was blood. I was immediately hooked. I don’t want to spoil the experience by revealing too much of the plot, so I’ll be brief. Poppy and Ezra Parrish decide to go on a family vacation with their teenage daughter, Lark, and her brother, Leo, who recently graduated high school. Taking place on a remote island off the coastal town of Raven’s Head, the setting is as thick as the fog, and the isolation is palpable. The view of the water’s edge is breathtaking, but the vacation house itself is eerie and claustrophobic. It has too many hallways, tiny nooks, random doors, and the kitschy decor runs rampant. The chapters switch perspectives with each family member, where each chapter reads like a piece to a puzzle. It starts off slow with a tiny clue here and a tiny bit of information there, and then midway in the story amps up drastically. And in true Ania Ahlborn fashion, there are twists right up to the very end. Just when I thought it was over, she impressed me one last time, and I smiled on that last page. It’s difficult to categorize DARK ACROSS THE BAY as a single genre, as some chapters read as a whodunnit, some as a thriller, and some as horror, but mark my words, you most certainly need to read this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)

    Well hello there my dark thriller/horror loving friends - and to those who are curious. 😈 Come on in, the blood is still warm and gooey and the atmosphere thick with anticipation. The Parrish family is waiting for you and they have quite the story to share. Poppy and Ezra lead this family but are on the brink of divorce. Their two teenage kids, Lark and Leo, are dealing with their own personal traumas so a getaway to a secluded house on a small island is an attempt at family unity. Surely their Well hello there my dark thriller/horror loving friends - and to those who are curious. 😈 Come on in, the blood is still warm and gooey and the atmosphere thick with anticipation. The Parrish family is waiting for you and they have quite the story to share. Poppy and Ezra lead this family but are on the brink of divorce. Their two teenage kids, Lark and Leo, are dealing with their own personal traumas so a getaway to a secluded house on a small island is an attempt at family unity. Surely their time alone as a family will lead to bonding and gluing them back together.... right? Soon an escalation of weird happenings gets them all on edge. Oh how the secrets that they all hold start coming to light. What is up with this weird licorice smell and ghostly figures? While they all start to internally blame themselves, their tormentors silently continue their terror. Getting the POVs of each characters helps keep the reader just as off balance as the characters. What's fantastic is that we feel the slow build at the beginning and your heart starts racing faster as the suspense ramps up. Just when I think I have a handle on it, Ahlborn slaps me in the face with one last tidbit and I ain't mad about it! The introduction by Josh Malerman is fantastic and he is 100000% correct is saying "every family is a horror story". If you don't agree, you will after reading this novel. Also make sure to read Ahlbotn's acknowledgements where she mentions our very own bookstagrammers Ashley Sawyers, Johann Trotter, Sadie Hartmann and Kallie Weisgarber. Ania Ahlborn is one of my all time favorite horror authors and continues to hold the top spot for female horror writers. If you've read any of her works I'm sure you understand why. Her ability to weave a story together, keep you invested from cover to cover and the always ominous and creepy atmosphere is quite impressive and I have read every single book she has put out. DARK ACROSS THE BAY is a slow burn psychological dark horror thriller suspenseful family drama of a read and like with all her other books, I would highly recommend.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    DARK ACROSS THE BAY, by Ania Alhborn, is a dark thriller with many horror elements. The pacing was fast--helped along by shorter chapters, each from a different character's POV. The characterization was phenomenal. As events unfolded, and pieces of the puzzle start coming together, the tension remains as high as ever. This one may even have you looking over your shoulder at that noise behind you, just out of sight.... "But revenge was a sort of caring, too . . . Because when grief putrefied, al DARK ACROSS THE BAY, by Ania Alhborn, is a dark thriller with many horror elements. The pacing was fast--helped along by shorter chapters, each from a different character's POV. The characterization was phenomenal. As events unfolded, and pieces of the puzzle start coming together, the tension remains as high as ever. This one may even have you looking over your shoulder at that noise behind you, just out of sight.... "But revenge was a sort of caring, too . . . Because when grief putrefied, all that was left was the black sludge of vengeance." A fantastic read to start your "Spooky Season" off! Recommended!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

    2.25 stars. This is hard for me to rate because the writing was good, but the story wasn’t exactly for me For instance the beginning of the book was great, very engaging, and kept me interested. By the 40% mark I was bored but had hope that the story would pick back up. That never happened. Instead, I got so annoyed with the characters and all of their whining that I didn’t care if they died or lived. Instead, I became so bored that I started to skim pages. For instance, I read a sentence on one 2.25 stars. This is hard for me to rate because the writing was good, but the story wasn’t exactly for me For instance the beginning of the book was great, very engaging, and kept me interested. By the 40% mark I was bored but had hope that the story would pick back up. That never happened. Instead, I got so annoyed with the characters and all of their whining that I didn’t care if they died or lived. Instead, I became so bored that I started to skim pages. For instance, I read a sentence on one page, “who is Felix?” I skim 10-15 pages and right in the middle of my kindle, it says “who is Felix?” AGAIN. Good gosh, you still haven’t cleared the Felix question up? It just became tedious and by the end I was more relieved to be done vs not wanting the story to end. Just sucks because I really like her other books -Brother -Seed I purchased Within These Walls which I was excited to read next but I might put that one on the back burner for now.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann

    Beta read/Review soon.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Philip Fracassi

    A top-notch thriller from Ahlborn. I've read several of her books and this was by far my personal favorite. Taut, dark, mean as a jagged scythe. Wonderful work. I blew through it in two sittings and went late into the night to see what happened on the next page. Ahlborn pulls no punches. Highly recommended. A top-notch thriller from Ahlborn. I've read several of her books and this was by far my personal favorite. Taut, dark, mean as a jagged scythe. Wonderful work. I blew through it in two sittings and went late into the night to see what happened on the next page. Ahlborn pulls no punches. Highly recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gatorman

    Disappointing tale from Ahlborn about a family that spends a weekend at a vacation home on the bay to try to rekindle some family spark but ends up battling against unknown assailants. It takes way too long to get going and, once it does, ends up not ringing all that true. It's well-written for the most part, and the ending is rather dark, but overall it just didn't work for me the way it should have. Ahlborn has been a let down of late, not up to her previous excellent standards set by Seed and Disappointing tale from Ahlborn about a family that spends a weekend at a vacation home on the bay to try to rekindle some family spark but ends up battling against unknown assailants. It takes way too long to get going and, once it does, ends up not ringing all that true. It's well-written for the most part, and the ending is rather dark, but overall it just didn't work for me the way it should have. Ahlborn has been a let down of late, not up to her previous excellent standards set by Seed and Brother. Here's hoping she finds her form again. 2.5 stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    John

    Out of respect to my good friend who passed this book to me this review will contain no spoilers.i first just like to say Ania ahlborn is a true force to be reckoned with.she has such a command of the English language and a incredible knack for penning characters that you the reader can just resonate with.my favorite thing about reading her novels is that everything and I mean everything is on the table.her characters are never ever safe and even when you sense trouble is brewing your still comp Out of respect to my good friend who passed this book to me this review will contain no spoilers.i first just like to say Ania ahlborn is a true force to be reckoned with.she has such a command of the English language and a incredible knack for penning characters that you the reader can just resonate with.my favorite thing about reading her novels is that everything and I mean everything is on the table.her characters are never ever safe and even when you sense trouble is brewing your still completely shocked when things spiral out of control.the story of both families in this book is one that is incredibly beautiful and all together upsetting at the same time.from the opening chapter that sets the tone to the climatic events that transpire at stories end you are on a complete and total emotional rollercoaster.this is physiological terror at its finest.all of the nuisances of the story just blend together so damn well.the only bad thing I can say about what I just read is im heartbroken it's over.lol.ania ahlborn im in awe of your talent and pledge myself as a constant reader of yours for life!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bianca (Belladonnabooks)

    Ania Ahlborn is one of my favourite horror authors and once again she has showed she has the ability to bring a fresh twist to an otherwise over used trope. Dark Across the Bay is a dark thriller verging on horror which explores the secrets we keep from family and the consequences of them. I found the pace in this perfect. The chapters were short which worked perfectly for the tense pacing of the story. I raced through, wanting to know what was going to happen. Snippets of information were also p Ania Ahlborn is one of my favourite horror authors and once again she has showed she has the ability to bring a fresh twist to an otherwise over used trope. Dark Across the Bay is a dark thriller verging on horror which explores the secrets we keep from family and the consequences of them. I found the pace in this perfect. The chapters were short which worked perfectly for the tense pacing of the story. I raced through, wanting to know what was going to happen. Snippets of information were also provided gradually like little crumbs which kept me hooked. Character development is well done and the perspectives of each family member gave deep insights into each of their motives and individual stories. While I did not enjoy this as much as Ania’s other books simply for the fact that thrillers are generally not my thing, it was a great read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dani Rodriguez

    “This is either going to work, she thought, or it’s going to tear us apart. It’s going to be a disaster or a revelation. There will be no in-between.” This book reminds me of why I love Ania so much This was a work of art Brilliant With characters that you connect to, raw emotions, vivid story telling You can see it all play out so perfectly in your head I couldn’t stand to put this book down

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hollee Nelson

    I always get excited when I see a new book from Ania Ahlborn, but sadly, this one was a major disappointment. It read like a first draft—repetitive language, errors and typos, continuity issues. There were a few parts where it seemed like a section had been removed without anyone bothering to smooth over what was left. The story, too, was lackluster. A Lifetime-movie thriller, and not one of the better ones. Its short length means it moves at a break-neck pace without giving the reader any chance I always get excited when I see a new book from Ania Ahlborn, but sadly, this one was a major disappointment. It read like a first draft—repetitive language, errors and typos, continuity issues. There were a few parts where it seemed like a section had been removed without anyone bothering to smooth over what was left. The story, too, was lackluster. A Lifetime-movie thriller, and not one of the better ones. Its short length means it moves at a break-neck pace without giving the reader any chance to get invested in the characters. I literally did not care who lived or died and felt no sense of tension even in the most high-stakes moments. Also, it was weirdly moralistic about cell phones and social media? A stale, ice-cold take.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tara Losacano

    I could not put this book down! It was so suspenseful and mysterious. I loved the secluded setting, a strange house on a small island with a storm on the way. Overall, Dark Across the Bay was a great, intense read.. 4/5 skulls 💀

  15. 5 out of 5

    Deb Soward

    I was so excited for this book to finally arrive! It did not disappoint. Ania Ahlborn has a way of building dread in her stories. They really stick with you. This book begins with a well written introduction by Josh Malerman. It fit perfectly with the story without giving away any spoilers. A family vacation. A family of four to enjoy it and reconnect. The perfect house set in a remote place of Maine overlooking the bay. What could possibly go wrong? If you have read any of Ahlborn's books you s I was so excited for this book to finally arrive! It did not disappoint. Ania Ahlborn has a way of building dread in her stories. They really stick with you. This book begins with a well written introduction by Josh Malerman. It fit perfectly with the story without giving away any spoilers. A family vacation. A family of four to enjoy it and reconnect. The perfect house set in a remote place of Maine overlooking the bay. What could possibly go wrong? If you have read any of Ahlborn's books you should know that there are no happily ever afters, or fairytales. They are dark, bleak, and menacing stories that dig deep into your psyche. There are twists and turns in this book that leave you breathless. Every family has their secrets, but some are more darker than others. 5 out 5 dark stars for this horror/thriller.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jody Blanchette

    As usual Ania brought all the creepy vibes to the book. The family is trapped on an island and are being tormented by people from their past. Everything connects slowly as the story progresses, adding to the suspense. The end result is terrifying and tragic. Though the story is about the entire family, I felt more connected to the teenage children. They experienced the most trauma, and were the real heart of the story, as children tend to be. Ania pulled on my heartstrings as a mother, watching As usual Ania brought all the creepy vibes to the book. The family is trapped on an island and are being tormented by people from their past. Everything connects slowly as the story progresses, adding to the suspense. The end result is terrifying and tragic. Though the story is about the entire family, I felt more connected to the teenage children. They experienced the most trauma, and were the real heart of the story, as children tend to be. Ania pulled on my heartstrings as a mother, watching the family fall apart and triggering mother bear instincts. I wasn’t a huge fan of the actual mother of the family, until the end. I didn’t find the book to be the crazy horror Ania is known for, but it was no less scary. Sometimes the fear of being watched is even more intense then a blood bath.

  17. 5 out of 5

    R.J. Huneke

    What a mystery! Intense!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Carr

    What an amazing read this turned out to be. I first discovered Ania through Suntup and ever since that first book I have been hooked. Thanks To Paul Miller for this advance copy where I was able to to finish Dark Across the bay in 3 days, that is how good of a read this is. I recommend everyone try out Ania Ahlborn because you will not be disappointed. This is currently out of Print on Earthling Publications, but please check out the link before for more amazing books that are still available. htt What an amazing read this turned out to be. I first discovered Ania through Suntup and ever since that first book I have been hooked. Thanks To Paul Miller for this advance copy where I was able to to finish Dark Across the bay in 3 days, that is how good of a read this is. I recommend everyone try out Ania Ahlborn because you will not be disappointed. This is currently out of Print on Earthling Publications, but please check out the link before for more amazing books that are still available. http://www.earthlingpub.com

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    HOLY MOTHER OF A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE. What a read. I have always loved Ania, and this was a different vibe than the rest of her books. And it was BRILLIANT. I loved it. All of it. Everything pieced together so amazingly. It was heartbreaking and full of sorrow and rage. The lies within the lies. The misplaced guilt, and the guiltless to blame. Trippy and achingly real. What would you do? That's the question this book makes you ask yourself when you're done. HOLY MOTHER OF A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE. What a read. I have always loved Ania, and this was a different vibe than the rest of her books. And it was BRILLIANT. I loved it. All of it. Everything pieced together so amazingly. It was heartbreaking and full of sorrow and rage. The lies within the lies. The misplaced guilt, and the guiltless to blame. Trippy and achingly real. What would you do? That's the question this book makes you ask yourself when you're done.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Not her typical version of "horror," but good nonetheless. Definitely a gory psychological thriller! Worth the wait. Not her typical version of "horror," but good nonetheless. Definitely a gory psychological thriller! Worth the wait.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Barby Helena Messorem

    This book is described as a “thriller,” a “horror” and a “suspense” novel of sorts, but to me it was straight up tragedy. Unfortunate event after unfortunate event; the Parrish family simply cannot catch a break. What is supposed to be a rejuvenating family vacation quickly turns into a trip to hell and back, and the consequences of soap opera-esque secrets are going to be all the more deadly the longer they are confined. I grew sort of close to the character of the teenaged daughter, Lark. Her a This book is described as a “thriller,” a “horror” and a “suspense” novel of sorts, but to me it was straight up tragedy. Unfortunate event after unfortunate event; the Parrish family simply cannot catch a break. What is supposed to be a rejuvenating family vacation quickly turns into a trip to hell and back, and the consequences of soap opera-esque secrets are going to be all the more deadly the longer they are confined. I grew sort of close to the character of the teenaged daughter, Lark. Her angst was palpable and easy to understand if we are just to put ourselves back into that stubborn teenager role. Although I have committed myself to not spoiling this story for any of you- I will say that there is a piece of Lark’s storyline that literally ripped me apart. At sixteen, you are supposed to be able to enjoy life. Sadly, for many of us, that just isn’t how it works out. Lark is a refreshing change in this type of character- she is sensitive, vulnerable, and all the more lovable because of it. On second thought, most of the dark aspects of this family genuinely hurt my heart. If Ania Ahlborn’s goal here was to drive me close to the point of bawling my eyes out, she certainly accomplished that. So, bonus points for the emotional hold, I always love that, and I don’t mean it sarcastically. Other than that, I understand you need to walk into these stories with suspension of disbelief, and trust me, my whole life is practically a suspension of disbelief; but there were a lot of things that just didn’t work or make much sense story-wise to me. Some of these things included the over the top motives of the villains, the Twinkie incident, and some of the B-movie-esque dialogue. So it’s not a winner in my book, but it’s not a loser either. This was a middle of the road story that had its shinning moments, particularly when it comes to the emotional impact it takes on it’s readers. I have to commend the author for making me care so deeply what happened to this family. That was extremely effective. If you enjoy crying, and I do, this should certainly be worth your time. If you enjoy soap operas, you might get a real kick out of this too, and I’m a drama fiend so that’s a compliment. I think Ania Ahlborn is a solid author, it’s just that her works all place so differently for me. This stalker tale is what it says it is- but no one could’ve prepared me for the sorrow amongst these pages. Hopefully I’ve prepared you!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alli

    The first half 5 stars, the second half 2 Dark across the bay – But it started off so well… I feel like I start a lot of my reviews this way lately, But I was so here for this book. I loved the premise it was deliciously creepy. We all love to rent vacation homes, or at least I do. Thinking about one by itself on an island in Maine in fall was very tantalizing. I found myself drawn in quickly to the story about a family who was renting this island house. I loved at first, reading about each membe The first half 5 stars, the second half 2 Dark across the bay – But it started off so well… I feel like I start a lot of my reviews this way lately, But I was so here for this book. I loved the premise it was deliciously creepy. We all love to rent vacation homes, or at least I do. Thinking about one by itself on an island in Maine in fall was very tantalizing. I found myself drawn in quickly to the story about a family who was renting this island house. I loved at first, reading about each member of the family it’s set up the mystery nicely. Again, at first. BUT THEN, MY GOD, the amount of self talk that went on and on was probably the most I have ever read in a book. I am talking more than Joe Goldberg here. Like on a level that the characters pretty much only thought things in their mind repetitively and barely ever spoke anything to advance the story in anyway. Infuriating. Now the whole plot device of telling a story, the same story, through multiple characters can work out really well, unfortunately for this book it did not. All it did was have the characters repeat themselves over and over. I almost feel like the author needed to make the book bigger so she constantly was having each character do self talk about the same situation over and over. For some reason it just did not work at all. Ok, I finally get a scene where something was explained, like for example the mom would scream and the next person would run in and we would find out why the mom screamed, then it would start back all over with a new character when she heard the scream outside and then what she thought about the scream, who might be screaming and why they were screaming and her thoughts walking into the house about the scream, when we already know who screamed and why but we then had to go back over it with each character it was just maddening. Also, I figured out what was going on very quickly so that might have also had something to do with it. The second half of the book I found myself skimming pages just for some plot advancement. The characters just kept self talking all the way up to the end. The last two pages they actually did some thing but by then I was just so frustrated I no longer cared. This book could have really been some thing, in fact in the middle of the book I left a midpoint review stating how and wrapped I was in the story and was so happy to be reading it. Big miss for me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Peterson

    Ania Ahlborn is back with Dark Across the Bay and while many are quick to call it a horror, this one was more of a (violent) suspense thriller. Reminiscent of Cape Fear, The Shining and classic Hitchcock, but all Ahlborn, this intense and long awaited thriller was well worth the wait. The Parrish family arrive at Raven’s Head in the hope of regrouping after a tumultuous year. Their son Leo recently lost his best friend after a devastating car wreck, their daughter Lark was recently ghosted by her Ania Ahlborn is back with Dark Across the Bay and while many are quick to call it a horror, this one was more of a (violent) suspense thriller. Reminiscent of Cape Fear, The Shining and classic Hitchcock, but all Ahlborn, this intense and long awaited thriller was well worth the wait. The Parrish family arrive at Raven’s Head in the hope of regrouping after a tumultuous year. Their son Leo recently lost his best friend after a devastating car wreck, their daughter Lark was recently ghosted by her new boyfriend and Ezra and Poppy’s marriage is hanging by a thread. As soon as they arrive, though, the decision to stay on a totally isolated island with nothing but a rickety old boat connecting them to civilization, seems more and more foolish. Not long after arriving, unease settles in on all family members. Leo feels the presence of his deceased friend, Lark encounters two menacing strangers when they are in town getting groceries, Ezra’s mind is playing tricks on him and Poppy can’t shake the sense that something is off about the house. When a storm hits the island and renders the family helpless, their fears become a reality. They have company and every dark secret they’ve been keeping comes to a violent head. This is a classic stalker tale with a unique flair that Alhborn adds to all of her writing. Told in multiple points of view, I loved getting each character’s inner dialogue. We learn the hopes, fears and struggles that plague them and this helps us better understand each of their motivations. I think Ania best captured angsty teen Lark. So many things about her are your typical (annoying) teen girl and yet she’s at that tumultuous age caught between still being a little girl and bursting into adulthood. In the end she may have been my favorite of them simply for the accuracy and relatability of her character. This is a well-paced suspense leading up to a thrilling climax. It is creepy, gripping and will keep you on edge as you watch the entire family mess unravel. Alhborn also throws enough unexpected twists to keep you guessing how this terrifying cat and mouse situation could possibly play out. Finally, it’s also a gentle reminder of how easily stalkers can get to you these days if they so choose.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Terry

    Look, in my system a 3 star rating equals a good recommendation. I recommend this book. I liked this book. I'm sorry, I feel like I'm being defensive. I should start over. Dark Across the Bay is a page turning mystery thriller by one of the most exciting authors to come along since Josh Malerman. Though she may have been around before Josh Malerman but I read Malerman first so I'm only going by my personal reading experience. I could do some reasearch, but I really just want to share details behi Look, in my system a 3 star rating equals a good recommendation. I recommend this book. I liked this book. I'm sorry, I feel like I'm being defensive. I should start over. Dark Across the Bay is a page turning mystery thriller by one of the most exciting authors to come along since Josh Malerman. Though she may have been around before Josh Malerman but I read Malerman first so I'm only going by my personal reading experience. I could do some reasearch, but I really just want to share details behind those three stars and I really don't have the time for rabbit holes today. I'm messing this up. Dark Across the Bay contains shocks and stalking and a weird remix of Oedipus. You have no idea if that's a spoiler or not. Just finish the book and reflect on that description and see if I'm not right. I gave this one 3 stars because it was good but it could have been great. It could have used a stronger editing hand. Some of the writing needed to be streamlined and some of the plot details could have been finessed. This book doesn't stack up to her sisters, Seed and Brother. I'd say this feels more YA (but it's certainly not). It feels like it's more of a near-final draft. The ending is very satisfying and all the twists check out. Though they don't feel like twists. They could have been more twisty. Overall, I'm glad I read this one and I can't wait to read more Ahlborn. She has a sharp, dangerous mind. When you read her books, you feel like a mouse between two paws. Will you get eaten or just toyed with? Either way it's always enjoyable! Fast and fun but without the creepiness of Seed or the bloody horror of Brother. Ahlborn still delivers a gripping tale.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Justin Boote

    If you've read anything of hers we can establish two very clear things; one, you can guarantee at least one annoying character who you really want to kick up the butt so they get their act together, and two; this lady does not like happy endings. Well, she was obviously feeling generous with this one because ALL main characters in this one have issues going on. And the ending...oh boy.... Premise; hard to say a lot without giving away stuff, but due to tragic events, a woman drags her husband and If you've read anything of hers we can establish two very clear things; one, you can guarantee at least one annoying character who you really want to kick up the butt so they get their act together, and two; this lady does not like happy endings. Well, she was obviously feeling generous with this one because ALL main characters in this one have issues going on. And the ending...oh boy.... Premise; hard to say a lot without giving away stuff, but due to tragic events, a woman drags her husband and 2 kids to a house on a large, remote island in the middle of a lake to bond, get the family back together again. The son recently lost a friend, the daughter a boyfriend, the husband-is he having an affair or not? Then things start to happen in the house; noises late at night; ghostly shadows; things being moved. Then what's going on especially between the kids starts to unravel with so many things happening between this family, all related, I can't imagine how long Ania spent plotting this so it all came together at the end. And boy, that ending...Remember I said she doesn't like happy ones? All I will say is find out for yourself. Not technically horror but more thriller, still a wild ride with constant twists and turns at the end.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sean Lynch

    Dark Across the Bay by Ania Ahlborn We’ve all had some pretty horrific family vacations, right? Every family has always had one that didn’t quite go as planned. Maybe the weather didn’t cooperate. Maybe the family fought the whole time. But if it was anything short of tragedy, then Ania Ahlborn is here to show you that the family trip can be a hell of a lot worse! In Ahlborn’s latest, Dark Across the Bay, we follow the Parrish family on a much-needed getaway to quiet island off the coast of Raven Dark Across the Bay by Ania Ahlborn We’ve all had some pretty horrific family vacations, right? Every family has always had one that didn’t quite go as planned. Maybe the weather didn’t cooperate. Maybe the family fought the whole time. But if it was anything short of tragedy, then Ania Ahlborn is here to show you that the family trip can be a hell of a lot worse! In Ahlborn’s latest, Dark Across the Bay, we follow the Parrish family on a much-needed getaway to quiet island off the coast of Raven’s Head, Maine. Poppy, the matriarch, is attempting to save her rocky marriage and is trying to keep her family together. Leo, the eldest child, is mourning the loss of his best friend and is ready to move to Thailand in his memory. Lark, the youngest child, is a fledging author with her face glued to her phone. And the house that they will be staying in is an oddity in its own right; windows of all shapes and sizes, an off-kilter roof, hidden passageways in the walls, and plenty of dark corners throughout. It becomes apparent from the very first night that something is off about their stay in this rental home. Lark begins receiving strange texts, messages are found around the house, and it becomes clear that someone is there with them, lurking in the shadows and passageways throughout the house. Suddenly the Parrish’s vacation becomes a fight for survival! There have been several comparisons between Dark Across the Bay and Cape Fear (or The Executioners, as it was originally known), but this isn’t really a fair comparison. True, both stories tell tales of families being stalked in a secluded environment, but the similarities stop there. Cape Fear features a family running away from an ever-present danger, while the Parrish family in Ahlborn’s novel is getting away to try and heal whatever is left of their “happy family” unit. The Parrish family is actually where Ahlborn’s novel shines the brightest. Ania Ahlborn has always written unbelievably real characters. Jack in her debut novel Seed was a realistic father with a very haunted past. Michael from Brother is an incredibly sympathetic protagonist thrust against his psychotically unstable family. Ahlborn knows how to write characters as if they were real people and the Parrish family is no exception. Lark is a teenage girl that has fully committed to her all-goth internet persona and feels real through and through. Leo’s grunge appearance and personality is as authentic as many high school teenagers. Poppy’s concerns and motivations are that of a real mother. Ezra, the father, reacts to his surroundings in the same way that many people have reacted to similar situations or emergencies. The interactions between the family members always feels real and true to the characters, for which the novel shines. The plot itself also grabs hold of the reader. Reading more like a thriller than a horror novel, the plot hooks you in from its first pages and never lets you go. With the exception of the prologue, each chapter is presented from the POV of a member of the Parrish family. Each chapter presents that character’s perspective on their happenings and gives you another piece to the overall puzzle that is going on. As more and more information is revealed, the book gets more and more addictive. And then the novel is over far too quickly. If there has to be one criticism of the novel, it would be that it is over too quickly! At 242 pages, Dark Across the Bay is an appropriate length for a thriller of this nature. However, the second act could surely be longer. The stalker is revealed around halfway through the novel and while there are still pieces of the puzzle to be uncovered and things certainly don’t slow down, it would still have been nice for there to have been more to the “ominously stalked from the shadows” portion of the novel. It should also be stated that while there could have been more, the pacing of the overall novel does not feel rushed. It’s a short and quick ride, but it’s still one hell of a ride nonetheless. Overall, Ania Ahlborn has crafted a well-written novel that is really a thriller at its heart. Fans of her horror titles shouldn’t be turned away by this slight shift in genre. Even Stephen King has written titles that could more easily be described as thrillers than straight out horror novels. Dark Across the Bay doesn’t have any supernatural elements, but it doesn’t need them. What it does have is a family so genuine that you could have sworn that you’ve met one or two of them before. It has imagery that will have you hooked from the opening chapter. And it has the speed and thrill of a rollercoaster that you can’t wait to get back on once it has finished. Ania Ahlborn is a fresh voice in horror, who has written a dozen novels and novellas, starting with the self-published Seed. Two of her titles, Seed and Brother, have both received the high-end limited edition treatment from Suntup Editions, both of which have sold out. Dark Across the Bay is being published exclusively as a signed limited edition from Earthling Publications. It is limited to 500 signed and numbered copies, as well as 15 signed and lettered copies. It will be published in July of 2021, though the title has completely sold out via pre-orders. The novel features an introduction by Stoker Award winning author (man, it feels great to say that) Josh Malerman, who is also signing all of the copies. Please check out the secondary market for copies or keep an eye out for future editions of this title. This review was made possible thanks to Paul Miller from Earthing Publications, whom provided me with an Advanced Reader’s Copy of the title. Thank you so much Paul! Ania Ahlborn truly knocked it out of the park and this will make for a great publication. Thank you very much for reading!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Angel Hench

    You guys, this book is so good! I need to go buy ALL the Ahlborn books now. As a wife and mother, how do you reconnect with your family if you suspect your husband is having an affair and your kids barely speak to you? If you're the Parrishes, you take a three-day vacation on an isolated island in the middle of nowhere...and watch as EVERYTHING GOES TO HELL. This is a heart-wrenching, super-tense tale of a broken family going through the worst scenario you can imagine. Everyone has their secrets, You guys, this book is so good! I need to go buy ALL the Ahlborn books now. As a wife and mother, how do you reconnect with your family if you suspect your husband is having an affair and your kids barely speak to you? If you're the Parrishes, you take a three-day vacation on an isolated island in the middle of nowhere...and watch as EVERYTHING GOES TO HELL. This is a heart-wrenching, super-tense tale of a broken family going through the worst scenario you can imagine. Everyone has their secrets, but who can you trust, if you can't trust your family? This book is full of grief and terror, cyber-stalking, murder, revenge, twists and turns. If you can get your hands on this book, you should #readit!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    I was beyond ecstatic when this book became available on Amazon and I absolutely loved it! Ania Ahlborn is a beast when it comes to weaving a dark tale filled with creepiness, horror and the mentally disturbed! Dark Across the Bay succeeded in giving me the chills and I was desperately afraid for these characters. I could not stop reading until I reached the final page! And Ahlborn is brilliant at ending her books! Haha... if you're looking for that fairy tale, forget it! Loved it! While The Shu I was beyond ecstatic when this book became available on Amazon and I absolutely loved it! Ania Ahlborn is a beast when it comes to weaving a dark tale filled with creepiness, horror and the mentally disturbed! Dark Across the Bay succeeded in giving me the chills and I was desperately afraid for these characters. I could not stop reading until I reached the final page! And Ahlborn is brilliant at ending her books! Haha... if you're looking for that fairy tale, forget it! Loved it! While The Shuddering is still my favorite book of hers, this is probably tied at second with The Neighbors. Can't wait for the next one!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shelly Chapman

    I may be a bit biased, because Ania is one of my favorite authors, but this book is excellent! Normally, she writes straight-up horror, so I was concerned I would be a little disappointed in this one. This is more of a mystery/thriller, rather than horror. I finished it in 2 days, though. I couldn't put it down. That's how good it is! The characters, the pacing, the way the plot unfolds...absolutely perfect! I've read everything Ania Ahlborn has ever written. This one is in my top 3! I may be a bit biased, because Ania is one of my favorite authors, but this book is excellent! Normally, she writes straight-up horror, so I was concerned I would be a little disappointed in this one. This is more of a mystery/thriller, rather than horror. I finished it in 2 days, though. I couldn't put it down. That's how good it is! The characters, the pacing, the way the plot unfolds...absolutely perfect! I've read everything Ania Ahlborn has ever written. This one is in my top 3!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Randy

    Outstanding! Wow! THIS was the way to start the new year. What a crazy,perfect romp through what I daresay will be one of the top thrillers of the year. Hitchcock would be proud! I know it's destined to make the top of my years list, and it's only early January. My favorite book by this author by far. This book is so good, it could be a game changer. I sure hope it gets the response it deserves! Outstanding! Wow! THIS was the way to start the new year. What a crazy,perfect romp through what I daresay will be one of the top thrillers of the year. Hitchcock would be proud! I know it's destined to make the top of my years list, and it's only early January. My favorite book by this author by far. This book is so good, it could be a game changer. I sure hope it gets the response it deserves!

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