Buddy Read with BusyCollegeBookworm: Sinner by Christopher Graves


4 disco balls

by Christopher Graves
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Publish Date: April 5, 2018 by OP Media
Category: Horror, Thriller, Suspense

In 2018, I read my first horror book and probably my last. This is not at the discredit of the author, who did a fine job of invading my dreams and turning them into nightmares. I haven’t been this freaked out since Season 4 of Dexter and the Trinity Killer: holy moly my senses are on overdrive; paranoia being the top dog here. By the way, thanks a lot John Lithgow, you have officially ruined my fond memories of Harry and the Henderson’s.

Scary Stairs
photo cred:
brianwolk, flickr

Let me give you a little background here, I promise to be quick. In the early 90’s when I was just a tween I watched Nightmare on Elm Street; my mom told me not to, and I didn’t listen, and I have been paying for it ever since. Fast-forward to my late 30’s and I still cannot go in my basement (and its finished) if my husband is not home. Freddie, or some other creep, is down there waiting to catch me off guard and I am one step ahead of them…I am not walking into their trap. Laundry will just have to wait, oh well.

So now that we established that horror is not my jam, hopefully my ratings do justice to this book for horror fans. As much as I do not like to be scared, author Christopher Graves’ story was very creative and did what it set out to do: scare you senseless.
It’s a scariness derived in how realistic the story line is, as it could happen (and I sure as sh*t hope it doesn’t, good grief!). There are no monsters, aliens and the like: there is a super creepy, angry evangelist who has it out for all single women really (essentially, they are all whores and the root of sin, so if they piss him off…well you can imagine the rest). There is one victim who escapes his basement lair – and all the snakes (a major source of my nightmares) – but, will she find safety? I could go on, but than that would be telling you the story and that is not my MO. You will have to read to see for yourself.

Buddy Read:
One day on Instagram I noticed that @BusyCollegeBookworm (Alison) was also about to read Sinner. I had never done a buddy read – and still don’t really know what is should entail – but I reached out to Alison and asked if she wanted to check in with each other every 100 pages or so…thank goodness she said yes! I needed someone to vent and scream too (not literally but I used very dramatic emojis to make my point). If you are uncertain of reading this and need some support I recommend a buddy read, or reach out to Alison and I and we can yell and scream about all the same things!

Want to know how Alison and I felt about the book overall? Check out our ‘Horned’ ratings below!

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Alison’s explanation of her ratings:
Similar to Nikki, this was my first horror book too! I’ve always been such a scaredy cat when it comes to any type of horror or thriller; the one time I watched any horror movie, I didn’t sleep for days and vowed to never do it again. And…well, I picked up ‘Sinner’ anyway. It certainly didn’t disappoint! Though it was well written, there was no way I could have read this without a buddy- Graves is incredible at creating suspense and fear. This book REALLY creeped me out for two reasons.
One: I hate gore, and this book had a fair amount of it.
Two: The victims in this book are eerily close to  my description; a woman who lives alone in a new area.
After reading this book I couldn’t walk outside of my apartment without freaking out. So between those two reasons, this book gets a 5/5 on the Nightmare Inducing scale from me. If you’re not into horror like me, I would definitely consider doing a buddy read on this one!

You can find Alison’s full review on her blog BusyCollegeBookworm.

If you commute like I do, you may not be able to scream on the train, subway or bus, but you can certainly yelp, hold your breath, or make the odd face here and there (and you will…I am thinking of one scene in general that felt like I held my breath the whole chapter). There is not necessarily a lot of gore – Freddie Krueger gore being my benchmark – but it does leave you a bit queasy at times. Overall, I could not stop talking about this book to whomever would listen (my husband, my boss, colleagues, a business contact) as I was on edge and needed to get to the ending. I think I need to watch an old school Disney movie tonight, hopefully Mary Poppins will be the diversion I need.


Purchase links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble

A huge thank you to Smith Publicity for sending me an advanced reader’s copy of Sinner.

Are you a fan of Horror? Have any embarrassing stories like myself that you would care to share so I feel better about sharing mine (it would be much appreciated!)? 😊

BTW, Bailey isn’t a horror fan either & had to turn his head away from the scary parts…


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24 thoughts on “Buddy Read with BusyCollegeBookworm: Sinner by Christopher Graves

  1. I enjoy reading and watching thriller / horror (even though my eyes are closed more than half the time) and ever since I can remember, I’ve bolted up the stairs from the basement to avoid *something* attacking me 😂 don’t even know where exactly it came from but I can relate!!

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  2. Great review, I really need to check this one out and get into more horror books, because I absolutely love horror movies. I have a good feeling I will really love this one maybe for Halloween I can check it out from my library. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and putting this book on my radar.

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  3. i love horror, but i don’t think i’d do well in a creepy basement
    even though when i was younger, my favourite pub was in a basement… it was not creepy though 😀 just dark and a bit smelly cuz we were still allowed to smoke indoors back then

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  4. I love the buddy reading system you set up.
    Great review – it built up the scene and gave an atmosphere to the review. I’ll have to check this one out, I’ve slowly started to tiptoe into the horror genre this year.
    If you do eventually want to venture back in:
    I recommend my one horror book: The Changeling by Victor LaValle – it starts out all nice families, goes a bit crazy in the middle and then magical for the last third. I really enjoyed it but made me paranoid about all cameras in laptops, phones etc. Also, the author is a person of colour and has a black couple for the main characters, and doesn’t shy away from the ‘casual racism’ that the characters face – so not only is this character trying to figure things out, roaming the street at night gets the police called on him for example. Adds a layer of complexity to an already interesting story.
    I did a review a while back if you want to check it out for further info (otherwise I could keep going on and on here!).

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  5. I’ve never read a thriller book because I’m such a scaredy cat. I steer clear of all things horror. I’d rather not think about all of the cruel and unusual ways things can happen to me. For that reason, I’m going to say this one is not for me although it sounds really well done. Great review Nikki! I’m glad you found someone to buddy read with you!

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