Publisher: AE Press
The Eaton is the debut novel of John K. Addis. Spanning more than 100 years of mid-Michigan history, but told in the gruesome style of ‘80s horror classics, The Eaton tells the story of Sam Spicer, who purchases the dilapidated Michigan Central Railroad Depot in Eaton Rapids with the dream of opening a hot new martini bar. But when he and his friends discover an abandoned underground hotel directly beneath the property, they must discover what happened to the original guests—before their own time runs out.
Sam and Sara's relationship is put to the biggest of test, even though Sam is a bit questionable. Sara, however, is a strong, intelligent person that suffers a cringe worthy injury. I still wince at the thought. Janet and Al are given time to understand, and I found myself liking them both more and more. As the group begins to explore the Eaton it reminded me of many dreams I've had. Where there's a certain goal in mind, but things keep distracting me from said goal. The eleven floors of a glorious hotel that is seemingly frozen in time is fascinating. You can hardly blame them for wandering an underground hotel.
There's lots of action near the end, and revelations that keeps the reader on their toes. It does draw out a bit long, for me, but it was great watching the subtle character connections and the conclusions that drew them all to this morbid place. I don't want to give too much away, but the Creature had my full attention. It wasn't a mindless thing, it was really fascinating to understand.
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