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Lorelai Palumbo is harassed by a sinister group calling themselves The Cabal. They accuse her of having committed unspeakable crimes in the past, and now she must pay. The Cabal begins taking her life apart one piece at a time – her job, her health, the people she loves – and she must try to figure out what The Cabal thinks she’s done if she’s to have any hope of answering Lorelai Palumbo is harassed by a sinister group calling themselves The Cabal. They accuse her of having committed unspeakable crimes in the past, and now she must pay. The Cabal begins taking her life apart one piece at a time – her job, her health, the people she loves – and she must try to figure out what The Cabal thinks she’s done if she’s to have any hope of answering their charges and salvaging her life.


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Lorelai Palumbo is harassed by a sinister group calling themselves The Cabal. They accuse her of having committed unspeakable crimes in the past, and now she must pay. The Cabal begins taking her life apart one piece at a time – her job, her health, the people she loves – and she must try to figure out what The Cabal thinks she’s done if she’s to have any hope of answering Lorelai Palumbo is harassed by a sinister group calling themselves The Cabal. They accuse her of having committed unspeakable crimes in the past, and now she must pay. The Cabal begins taking her life apart one piece at a time – her job, her health, the people she loves – and she must try to figure out what The Cabal thinks she’s done if she’s to have any hope of answering their charges and salvaging her life.

30 review for Your Turn to Suffer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    This... this is not something we see often anymore. It reminds me of some of the darker 80s paperback original horror novels, which is to say it's a dark and mean little book. It reminds me of something Clive Barker would have written early in his career (Books of Blood/Damnation Game era). I do mean that as a good thing. Our plot follows Lorelei who has made a serious mistake. What is the mistake you ask? She finds herself asking the same question. A group of strange... human-like creatures call This... this is not something we see often anymore. It reminds me of some of the darker 80s paperback original horror novels, which is to say it's a dark and mean little book. It reminds me of something Clive Barker would have written early in his career (Books of Blood/Damnation Game era). I do mean that as a good thing. Our plot follows Lorelei who has made a serious mistake. What is the mistake you ask? She finds herself asking the same question. A group of strange... human-like creatures calling themselves the Cabal have taken an interest in her. They have a message for her: "Confess and atone--or suffer." Their threat is serious. They won't tell her what she needs to confess to, they don't even point her in a direction. They get immediately to the suffering, both mentally and physically. Let's get this out of the way fast, this one is a fairly brutal read. I’m pretty comfortable with horror, but there are scenes that are extremely hard to read. No one is safe in this book, doesn't matter if you're a main character, side character, man, woman or child... anyone can die. In fact, a minor criticism is that, at least for me, the suspense was slightly lessened because once anything started to happen, I immediately assumed the character WOULD die rather than possibly escape (fear not readers, I was sometimes wrong, so no spoilers here). For this one I'm going to break out my old friends pros and cons. Pro: 1. It made me uncomfortable. I'm not easy to bother and I'm not squeamish when it comes to horror, but there were scenes that I read going "No, we're not actually going to have this happen, we're going to fade out or there will be a miraculous escape or... nope, that happened." This happened not once, but several times. I'm putting this as a pro rather than a con, but some readers may want to prepare themselves before going in. Violence is rarely extreme, but it hurts when it's described. 2. Genuinely something I haven't seen before. While yes, I can say "Oh, this remind me of this book a bit" there are visuals in this novel that made me pause and admit that I've never read anything quite like it. Yes, it seems to draw inspiration from many different modes of horror and sources, it also uses them in a fresh way. 3. It does have a decent sense of humor about it. While the book is extremely dark and will do its best to make you uncomfortable, the author does a nice job of throwing out the occasional comedic line to give you a moment of relief. One of which honestly was such a horrible joke, but used in such a great way that it almost brought tears to my eyes. I did of course groan, but an intentionally good bad joke is to be commended. 4. The actual nature of the Cabal once revealed is actually rather fascinating. I will say no more on this, but I personally liked it. 5. The Garden of Anguish... another one I won't discuss, but those visuals won't be leaving me anytime soon. Cons: I actually only have one, and that is an issue with the the "Shadowkin" (one of the sets of monstrous things we see). The rules on them seem to change every time they show up. First they have to break through things, then they just absorb them. When they kill they cut through things... no, they turn them into a puddle, no they absorb them! They seemingly change as needed for the story. While inconsistencies in horror can be frightening, While there is a minor explanation for this, I found it distracting in this case as it felt like they would alter themselves anytime the story needed for them to succeed. So, do I recommend it? Oh boy, to all horror fans, yes, I give it a solid recommendation. This is a treat and something we really don't see often anymore. While many "extreme horror" or "splatterpunk" books aim to make you uncomfortable, they frequently just come off as extremely gory, they frequently lack the psychological depth or get so over the top they become funny (obviously not all fall into this, but quite a few that I've read do). That is not a problem here. This is written by a talented author who wants to make the reader uncomfortable. Violence is there, but emotions, the psychology, those are where the central attack is upon. This is Waggoner using his talents to create something genuinely uncomfortable. Horror fans who miss that feeling need to check this out. Just beware, I'd classify it as a great horror novel, but as such it is not always a "fun" read. 4/5 stars. ARC provided via Net Galley and Flame Tree Press in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    3 stars--I liked the book. This is primarily weird fiction, with a very strong horror element that flirts with splatterpunk. (In other words, not for the squeamish!) I don't read a lot of weird fiction, and I quite enjoyed this one--the plot is fiercely paced, Lori was a likeable main character, and the horror elements were both gross and scary. It's fun to read something different once in a while. I'd give this four stars, but one of the deaths made me sad. Specifically, (view spoiler)[the death 3 stars--I liked the book. This is primarily weird fiction, with a very strong horror element that flirts with splatterpunk. (In other words, not for the squeamish!) I don't read a lot of weird fiction, and I quite enjoyed this one--the plot is fiercely paced, Lori was a likeable main character, and the horror elements were both gross and scary. It's fun to read something different once in a while. I'd give this four stars, but one of the deaths made me sad. Specifically, (view spoiler)[the death of Lori's nephew in a mall shooting. Too much like a real life tragedy. (hide spoiler)] Yes, I'm a wimp. I received this review copy from the publisher on NetGalley. Thanks for the opportunity to read and review; I appreciate it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mindy'sBookJourney

    I received a copy for review from NetGalley and Flame Tree Press. Lorelei's life is changed when she is pursued by an otherworldly cult called The Cabal. They say she has to "Confess and atone--or suffer." She has to endure unspeakable horrors as she tries to figure out how she should accomplish that before it is to late. From this synopsis you may think this will be a typical evil cult book, but that only touches the surface of what the book is about. Readers will find that this will be a strang I received a copy for review from NetGalley and Flame Tree Press. Lorelei's life is changed when she is pursued by an otherworldly cult called The Cabal. They say she has to "Confess and atone--or suffer." She has to endure unspeakable horrors as she tries to figure out how she should accomplish that before it is to late. From this synopsis you may think this will be a typical evil cult book, but that only touches the surface of what the book is about. Readers will find that this will be a strange read almost right away even though the setting seems to be in our world. Your Turn to Suffer delves into some very dark subject matter. We are talking the darkest of the dark. This book is full of imaginative yet morbid fantastical elements. These elements create vivid images in the mind. Lorelei's character is really well developed. We are given a full picture of her personality and the people in her life. This is a character that you can root for and want to succeed in her quest to make things right. There are many other well developed wonderful characters waiting within these pages as well. At first the bizarre events did not make sense. About half-way through there are some explanations given that made the plot a lot more enjoyable. This is a brutal, gory book that will not be for everyone. This one is for horror fans that don't mind weird fiction and a lot of graphic content. If you don't mind this content I would recommend this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    Dark doesn’t even begin to describe this book. Imagine for a moment that you are suddenly told that you must confess to something – but you aren’t told what it is. And if you don’t confess, everyone you care about will face horrendous suffering. This is the premise that the author gives us and he brings us into a world so horrific that it would drive you absolutely mad. The book is chilling, gory, surreal and heartbreaking. It’s not a story for people who like everything neatly tied up in a box wit Dark doesn’t even begin to describe this book. Imagine for a moment that you are suddenly told that you must confess to something – but you aren’t told what it is. And if you don’t confess, everyone you care about will face horrendous suffering. This is the premise that the author gives us and he brings us into a world so horrific that it would drive you absolutely mad. The book is chilling, gory, surreal and heartbreaking. It’s not a story for people who like everything neatly tied up in a box with marshmallow endings. Instead, it’s more like a punch to the gut again and again and again. Extremely well written and exquisitely horrific. And definitely not for the faint of heart! *ARC provided via Net Galley

  5. 5 out of 5

    Keith Chawgo

    Waggoner’s new novel is a very different book that is not for the faint of heart but if you are a lover of Barker and Lovecraft than this maybe for you. Waggoner’s excellent book deals with a reality that splits from our own that shows his unique of lulling the reader into a dark world that one hopes they can escape. Using a graphic fantastical imagery and mixing this with the mundane normal existence of a its main characters, you are left with two very unique experience that mesh together to jar Waggoner’s new novel is a very different book that is not for the faint of heart but if you are a lover of Barker and Lovecraft than this maybe for you. Waggoner’s excellent book deals with a reality that splits from our own that shows his unique of lulling the reader into a dark world that one hopes they can escape. Using a graphic fantastical imagery and mixing this with the mundane normal existence of a its main characters, you are left with two very unique experience that mesh together to jarring effects. The characters are well written and fully three dimensional, although some of these will be forever carved into my brain which when I close my eyes are still present three weeks after finishing which is a huge bonus for me. The main character of Lorelei does balance on becoming a bit pathetic and heroic and but never annoying which Waggoner does exceptionally well. The other characters, human and other wise are so well scripted that a shudder goes down your spine not thinking that they are not real. Plotting wise, this is a book that is like a hearty meal and once a chapter is finished, you need to take a breather before diving back in. This is not a criticism but there is a lot to unwrap and because the plot is tightly woven, one has to be digest what they have written. If you are a fan of King’s horror, this doesn’t quite fit this bill as this is beyond the world of King dealing with darker themes and is an overall more rewarding experience that pulp horror. If you like your horror to be dark, deeply themed with a sly smile on the pulse of Barker and Lovecraft whilst making his own unique addition, you can not go wrong with Your Turn To Suffer. An Excellent read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Janine Pipe

    Review to come for official FTP blog tour but as always with Tim, this was excellently written and very dark. Bravo. https://janinesghoststories.wordpress... Your turn to suffer is only the second fictional Tim Waggoner book that I have read but he is already one of those authors where I know that I am likely to enjoy it. This book was very good. Tim is a veteran within the horror community but his writing is never complacent and he continues to up the ante in his narratives. IN YTTS we follow a wo Review to come for official FTP blog tour but as always with Tim, this was excellently written and very dark. Bravo. https://janinesghoststories.wordpress... Your turn to suffer is only the second fictional Tim Waggoner book that I have read but he is already one of those authors where I know that I am likely to enjoy it. This book was very good. Tim is a veteran within the horror community but his writing is never complacent and he continues to up the ante in his narratives. IN YTTS we follow a woman called Lori who is soon thrown into a nightmare when she meets a string of bizarre people and very quickly, terrible things start happening in both reality and her dreams. It seems that no one is safe and the one thing she has to do and confess and atone for her sin. Only Lori has a bit of a problem – she doesn’t know what she is supposed to have done … Tim takes us to some pretty dark places in this and I dug that. There were a few scenes which were particularly nasty so anyone who likes a bit of blood will be happy. But as will all good stories, it is the plot and characters that drives this tale. We are right with Lori as she tries to work out what the hell she has done that is so bad, it has unbalanced the universe … I saw this compared to Barker in another review and I would agree, there are some very weird and wonderful creatures and images which I would also liken to del Toro. I give YTTS 4/5. Thank you to FTP for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa LaRiviere

    “How can you choose to believe in one impossibility but not the other?” Are you tired of the same old horror stories? Do you crave something that will haunt your dreams and make you look twice at the shadows that surround you and wonder what might be lurking there? Well, then the splatterpunk sub-genre of horror may be precisely what you need. Lorelei is a woman who is plagued with horrible migraines; she is your average woman going about her life until a tenacious group called the Cabal begin to to “How can you choose to believe in one impossibility but not the other?” Are you tired of the same old horror stories? Do you crave something that will haunt your dreams and make you look twice at the shadows that surround you and wonder what might be lurking there? Well, then the splatterpunk sub-genre of horror may be precisely what you need. Lorelei is a woman who is plagued with horrible migraines; she is your average woman going about her life until a tenacious group called the Cabal begin to torment her in unimaginable ways; all to get her to confess and atone—or suffer. Now she must figure out what exactly she has to confess and how to atone for it before things get any worse than they already are…if that is even possible. To achieve an emotion of real horror, the monster(s) must be both threatening (creating fear) and impure (creating disgust). The creatures that he has given life to in this book absolutely meet the qualifications to evoke horror in the reader. His masterful use of the complex discovery plot draws the reader into the story on such a level that it is easy to lose yourself and still feel that shiver up your spine even when you stop reading. This was my first time reading anything by Tim Waggoner, and I am elated to have finally found a writer who can really make me cringe and shudder in revulsion at some of the creatures and acts committed like Clive Barker. There were scenes that I read over multiple times to fully process and take in what I was being shown in my mind. Which usually led to me looking up from the page thinking, “what on Earth did I just read?” I was only a quarter into the book, and I was so in awe of his work that I went on Amazon and ordered all his other books. I can’t wait to read more from him! I appreciate Flame Tree Press and NetGalley for allowing me to read this eARC in exchange for an honest review. *Warning: This book is not for the faint of heart or those with a weak stomach. Some intense graphic gore scenes are quite disturbing (in a good way if you are a fan of gore/shock horror) and might be upsetting to some. As for me, I have a new favorite horror author, and I am looking forward to more of his works. That’s all for now, my fellow readers, it’s getting dark, and I need to go make sure all my lights are turned on. Did that shadow just move??

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sean Graham

    This was great - a dark, twisted horror that pulled in elements of Clive Barker and other luminaries but with it’s own twists. Their were some absolutely brutal deaths in this novel and the way the author described the fantastical world was brilliant. Sometimes I find that novels with a different dimension can be difficult to understand however, for me, the world of the Cabal was dark, twisted and imaginative. More recommended for those who like their horror with some body shocks than paranormal This was great - a dark, twisted horror that pulled in elements of Clive Barker and other luminaries but with it’s own twists. Their were some absolutely brutal deaths in this novel and the way the author described the fantastical world was brilliant. Sometimes I find that novels with a different dimension can be difficult to understand however, for me, the world of the Cabal was dark, twisted and imaginative. More recommended for those who like their horror with some body shocks than paranormal affairs but, in general, this is a must read - whipped through in a couple of days and left me reeling for more!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This was my first dive into the wild imagination of Tim Waggoner and it was a crazy ride! Our protagonist, Lori, suffers from debilitating migraines and selective memory loss. After a traumatic meeting with a strange woman at a grocery store, she is harassed by a sinister, otherworldly cult called the Cabal. She starts straddling two worlds, hers and the deadly alternate universe the Cabal belongs too. The world building was highly detailed and terrifying! The Nightway is a long stretch of dark h This was my first dive into the wild imagination of Tim Waggoner and it was a crazy ride! Our protagonist, Lori, suffers from debilitating migraines and selective memory loss. After a traumatic meeting with a strange woman at a grocery store, she is harassed by a sinister, otherworldly cult called the Cabal. She starts straddling two worlds, hers and the deadly alternate universe the Cabal belongs too. The world building was highly detailed and terrifying! The Nightway is a long stretch of dark highway inhabited by monstrous vehicles and a a member of the Cabal, “The Driver”, who has no eyes but seems to see everything. The Vermillion Tower is a glowing bloody spiral that almost seems to be a part of a giant beast. The author uses the secondary characters to flesh out the main character. My favorite characters were Jerry, her ex-boyfriend/roommate, who was the heart of the book. I also loved the weird members of the Cabal, The Driver, The cop Rauch and Goat Eyes. They all made the story flow and kept up the intensity. The story did start slow for me. It was a slow burn. But for those readers who love fantastic worlds, gore and horrifying creatures this is the book for you!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amanda McHugh

    I've read a few Tim Waggoner books over the last few years, so when I saw this title available for request, I was happy to be approved and quickly jumped in. Lori's a physical therapist plagued by migraines who wants nothing more than to get home for a relaxing night when she crosses paths with a strange woman with a dire warning: Confess and atone--or suffer. For what she needs to confess, she has no idea, but as her dreams become plagued by horrible nightmares that feel too real, and the lines I've read a few Tim Waggoner books over the last few years, so when I saw this title available for request, I was happy to be approved and quickly jumped in. Lori's a physical therapist plagued by migraines who wants nothing more than to get home for a relaxing night when she crosses paths with a strange woman with a dire warning: Confess and atone--or suffer. For what she needs to confess, she has no idea, but as her dreams become plagued by horrible nightmares that feel too real, and the lines between reality and nightmare become blurred, Lori realizes that if she's going to survive, she has to figure it out. I enjoyed this book. To start, Waggoner does a superb job structuring a layered and cohesive story. Utilizing minor characters to propel the plot and add depth to both conflict and atmosphere, we get a well-rounded, taut prose that provide another level of horrific unfolding. My favorite moments were watching Lori react to the world around her, whether it be our reality or another, and seeing the nightmare moments overlapping. I can't speak enough to the imagery Waggoner was able to achieve. This is every worst fear come to life. Because of that, I will say that this won't be everyone's cup of tea. There are some graphic, disturbing events that are not for the faint of heart. Don't get me wrong: this isn't just a book with horror for horror's sake. Through Lori's quest, we're given a chance to question our own choices, evaluate our own mistakes. Small decisions oftentimes make the biggest impact, and I appreciated the commentary on morality, faith, and realities. Overall, Your Turn to Suffer is a wild, unpredictable, terrifying ride that you won't want to miss. Out in March, add this to your TBRs if you like gore, violence, and feats of unimaginable creatures. Big thanks to Flame Tree Press and NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for honest review consideration.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dona Fox

    BOOK REVIEW – YOUR TURN TO SUFFER by Tim Waggoner – Horror Whoa! I just finished this one. For the last quarter of the story, I felt like I was caught underneath a freight train going one hundred miles an hour! My mouth was so dry I needed to get a drink, but I couldn't put the book down. I had goosebumps, and I needed a sweater—but I couldn’t stop reading. The ending was that intense! Whew. Your Turn to Suffer by Tim Waggoner opens with a young woman, Lori, being called to task in the Oakmont gr BOOK REVIEW – YOUR TURN TO SUFFER by Tim Waggoner – Horror Whoa! I just finished this one. For the last quarter of the story, I felt like I was caught underneath a freight train going one hundred miles an hour! My mouth was so dry I needed to get a drink, but I couldn't put the book down. I had goosebumps, and I needed a sweater—but I couldn’t stop reading. The ending was that intense! Whew. Your Turn to Suffer by Tim Waggoner opens with a young woman, Lori, being called to task in the Oakmont grocery by a strange goat-eyed old woman who tells her she must confess and atone, or both Lori and everyone she loves will suffer. Lori doesn’t know what she did wrong–much like when we get that worm in our conscience, that feeling of guilt, and we can’t put our finger on what we’ve done–that was poor Lori—or was it: Had she buried the memory of her awful deed so deep in her mind that she didn’t remember it? That night Lori wakes to someone, or some Thing, in her apartment. Scary, yeah – and it only gets worse and weirder. And more violent. Although there was both violence and gore, I felt it was handled well; I didn't feel it was gratuitous or 'in your face.' As we draw closer to unraveling the mystery of Lori’s dark deed, Tim Waggoner weaves excellent characters into a layered, macabre world that becomes vividly cinematic as a variety of supernatural beings appear, including swift shadows that race through Oakmont, leaving grisly deaths behind. Bring on the sequel! Thanks to FlameTreePress, #NetGalley, and the author of #YourTurntoSuffer for the ARC in exchange for my honest feedback, this is it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Also reviewed on www.curiosityboughtthebook.com This is the second book I’ve read by Tim Waggoner, and also my second five star read by him. He is an extremely talented horror author, and his world building is simply “out of this world”. He has a real talent for seamlessly mixing the real world with fantasy worlds. Waggoner’s writing is extremely dark, and absolutely no one is safe in this novel. It doesn’t matter whether a character is a child, an adult or an elder; everyone might suffer. I have Also reviewed on www.curiosityboughtthebook.com This is the second book I’ve read by Tim Waggoner, and also my second five star read by him. He is an extremely talented horror author, and his world building is simply “out of this world”. He has a real talent for seamlessly mixing the real world with fantasy worlds. Waggoner’s writing is extremely dark, and absolutely no one is safe in this novel. It doesn’t matter whether a character is a child, an adult or an elder; everyone might suffer. I have to warn you: There is a specific part of the book that had me a bit shaken up. It involves children’s deaths, and that is something that really gets to me. So if that makes you as uncomfortable as me, just be aware that stuff like this does happen in this book. Nevertheless, it does not change my opinion on this book. The last part I want to talk about is Lorelai herself. She is an amazing protagonist, and I took quite a liking to her. When the book was over, I was actually kind of sad that her and my story was over. But who knows, maybe I will find her on the Nightway one day! A big thanks to Flame Tree Press and Netgalley for the arc.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aiden Merchant

    DNF at 50% ... I felt like there was far too much filler for my tastes. I just read a chapter where a handful of characters are introduced, given detailed backgrounds, and then quickly killed in the same chapter I was unhappy while reading the book and it didn't improve all the way up to the half way mark, so I'm putting this one down. I will not be giving it a score. Thanks to Flame Tree Press for setting me up with this ARC for review consideration. DNF at 50% ... I felt like there was far too much filler for my tastes. I just read a chapter where a handful of characters are introduced, given detailed backgrounds, and then quickly killed in the same chapter I was unhappy while reading the book and it didn't improve all the way up to the half way mark, so I'm putting this one down. I will not be giving it a score. Thanks to Flame Tree Press for setting me up with this ARC for review consideration.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joann

    What a ride! I haven't read a horror ish book like this in a very long time and I don't think I was truly prepared! At first I wasn't sure if I"d enjoy it like I used to love these back in the day, but I ended up liking the horrific ride. Well done in characters, plot, twists, scares and horror. Not for the squeamish! Thankful for the ARC! What a ride! I haven't read a horror ish book like this in a very long time and I don't think I was truly prepared! At first I wasn't sure if I"d enjoy it like I used to love these back in the day, but I ended up liking the horrific ride. Well done in characters, plot, twists, scares and horror. Not for the squeamish! Thankful for the ARC!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Talk about a wild ride, wow! This was definitely one of the more unique horror novels I've read, and I can say that I enjoyed every moment of it. I mentioned in another review that Waggoner wrote one of my favorite books as a child, and it's been a blast rediscovering his work in a different genre. Trying to describe this book without giving away more than the descriptive summary is a difficult task. If you've ever seen the movies The Void and Baskin, this novel is like a blend of both. I would Talk about a wild ride, wow! This was definitely one of the more unique horror novels I've read, and I can say that I enjoyed every moment of it. I mentioned in another review that Waggoner wrote one of my favorite books as a child, and it's been a blast rediscovering his work in a different genre. Trying to describe this book without giving away more than the descriptive summary is a difficult task. If you've ever seen the movies The Void and Baskin, this novel is like a blend of both. I would actually love to see either of those directors take a crack at adapting this! Definitely an entertaining book from start to finish. This is one I would recommend. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Rees

    Oh how I have missed horror novels of this caliber. So graphic and brutal. Fantastical and exciting. The mundane and the insane. I loved this story and devoured it's carnage even though it was enough to keep me up at night. Not for the faint of heart. So well written! Reminiscent of the true horror novels I read growing up. I must read more from Tim Waggoner Thank you netgalley for this excellent arc Oh how I have missed horror novels of this caliber. So graphic and brutal. Fantastical and exciting. The mundane and the insane. I loved this story and devoured it's carnage even though it was enough to keep me up at night. Not for the faint of heart. So well written! Reminiscent of the true horror novels I read growing up. I must read more from Tim Waggoner Thank you netgalley for this excellent arc

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Sinicki

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Lorelai is a physical therapist in small town, Ohio and suffers from pretty severe migraines, but otherwise lives a pretty normal life. One day, at the grocery store, she's confronted by a strange looking woman with the eyes of a goat who demands that she "confess and atone, or suffer." She has somehow caught the attention of a very strange cult known as The Cabal, which has supernatural powers and the ability to invade her dreams and the minds of her friends, coworkers and family. The task of e Lorelai is a physical therapist in small town, Ohio and suffers from pretty severe migraines, but otherwise lives a pretty normal life. One day, at the grocery store, she's confronted by a strange looking woman with the eyes of a goat who demands that she "confess and atone, or suffer." She has somehow caught the attention of a very strange cult known as The Cabal, which has supernatural powers and the ability to invade her dreams and the minds of her friends, coworkers and family. The task of evading The Cabal quickly takes over her life. Lori takes the readers along as she scrambles to figure out what crime she has committed against them and how she can rectify it. This book comes out of the gate very strong - the author Tim Waggoner immediately sets up some very scary scenarios for the protagonist, Lori. The smelly goat-eyed lady at the grocery store to start. Then her apartment is broken into that night - the tension in that scene is palpable - I was pulling the covers up around my neck as I read it. I can absolutely relate to that awful feeling when you wake up from a dead sleep - you don't hear or see anything amiss, but your senses are on high alert because you know something woke you up. The fear goes up another notch as Lori notices that the blinds are moving in the breeze - telling her that to door must be open. Up another notch as she catches her first glimpse of a Shadowkin. I don't want to give too much away, but the tension level and my fear went off the charts from there. Unfortunately, I didn't think the second half of the book lived up to the first half. The second half veered into what might be called "weird fiction" or maybe "cosmic horror." It was solid and pretty good, but didn't blow me away like the beginning did. It was so far out there that I could no longer put myself in Lori's shoes and feel her terror. I didn't dislike it, it was just less satisfying than I expected it to be. It was weird in a way that just didn't add up for me. And there were some things relating to the creatures in the story and the final resolution that left me a bit puzzled. Lori was a great character I really liked and related to. She developed and grew emotionally through the course of the book. She had spent her life up until now running away from and avoiding a mistake she had made in her past. She acknowledges and confronts the mistake and makes her peace with it. She concludes the book in emotional place that's completely opposite from where she started - she is now running towards trying to confront and correct her past downfalls, rather than running away. I liked Tim Waggoner's characters and writing style, and I'll absolutely look for more books from him in the future. This one just didn't quite line up with my tastes. I would absolutely recommend this book if you're into "weird fiction." Thank you to Netgalley and Flame Tree Press for providing me with an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    I really wanted to like this one but maybe this authors writing is just a bit to out there for me and weirder than I prefer or my taste in books is changing. It starts off with a stranger wanting to ask Lori a question but she ignores him and goes on about her business, soon weird things start happening. A strange woman tells her she needs to confess and atone or suffer and she has absolutely no clue what she is talking about. As more strange things happen from having dreams that seem very real sh I really wanted to like this one but maybe this authors writing is just a bit to out there for me and weirder than I prefer or my taste in books is changing. It starts off with a stranger wanting to ask Lori a question but she ignores him and goes on about her business, soon weird things start happening. A strange woman tells her she needs to confess and atone or suffer and she has absolutely no clue what she is talking about. As more strange things happen from having dreams that seem very real she learns about the Cabal which is supposed to be some sort of strange between worlds occult like group that is seeks out balance and order and it seems that Lori has done something that has upset this balance. When Lori was younger she can only remember a few things about what happened after she has an accident on the soccer field that ruined her sports career. Something bad happened afterwards that she can’t remember so she thinks that maybe it has something to do with that but she isn’t sure. Meanwhile, more strange things are happening like shadow creatures trying to come get her more people telling her to confess and atone or suffer and more frightening dreams, then one day she accidently gets herself onto this thing called the Nightway, and meets Edgar the bug man and learns more about the Cabal. While she is there though the shadow people are wreaking havoc on her town and killing people, bad things are happening to people she knows and loves and she has no clue it’s happening while she is in the Nightway trying to figure out what she done wrong. The reveal of what it actually was sort of made me roll my eyes!! There was so much going on in this book with what was happening in her home town while she had no clue, and I am talking weird stuff, some of her coworkers become like cat people and where eating people!!! Just weird weird stuff not to mention the shadow things just killing people left and right and I just felt like it was a bit much and made no sense. I kept thinking that if I keep going soon things will make sense and well they did a bit but by that time I was so tired of being confused that I didn’t care anymore. I really didn’t care for any of the characters and the one character that I did like was creepy! Lori was not a great person and I didn’t like her nor care if she ever figured things out but I did like Edgar the bug man. I call him that because he can kill people with bugs, they come out his mouth and it’s just super creepy! Any of her other friends in the real world where not that great and I just didn’t care for them or what happened to them. It has a lot of positive ratings on Goodreads so that is why I am just thinking that maybe this is a case of it was just not a book for me or my taste in horror is changing because I was bored out of my mind and almost DNFed it but at the same time I was curious to see what happened so I kept going but at times I wish I didn’t. So I can’t recommend it but if it sounds like you might enjoy it then try it for yourself.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emmanuel

    Your turn to suffer is the kind of book some people will hate, and others will love. As a reviewer, I go beyond just the overall story; I look at structure, characters, style and the overall plot. If you enjoy Clive Barker-Neil Gaiman's styles, you’ll love this book. It’s a horror novel peppered with the weirdness of a Lovecraftian tale — sometimes called weird fiction. The overall story wasn’t my typical go-to genre, however I loved everything else about it. In horror, many authors speak of the Your turn to suffer is the kind of book some people will hate, and others will love. As a reviewer, I go beyond just the overall story; I look at structure, characters, style and the overall plot. If you enjoy Clive Barker-Neil Gaiman's styles, you’ll love this book. It’s a horror novel peppered with the weirdness of a Lovecraftian tale — sometimes called weird fiction. The overall story wasn’t my typical go-to genre, however I loved everything else about it. In horror, many authors speak of the terror to horror to disgust elements in this genre. If you’re not familiar with these terms, basically terror is when you have a sense of dread. You’re afraid a monster is lurking in the shadows, but you don’t know what it is or where it is — fear incarnated. Horror is when an event shocks you, makes you angry or yelling out loud “Nooooo”. For example: your favorite aunt committed suicide while being the happiest human being you know. And finally disgust is when it almost feels like you’re going to throw up in your mouth, while reading a specific section of the book. Well, Your Turn to Suffer sits in between horror and disgust, and spends a good portion of the book in the disgust genre, sprinkled with unexpected horrific events waiting at the curve. The story starts a bit slow, but eventually picks up speed as Lori, the principal character, tries to figure out — like us — what really is happening. There were a few areas in the book I’d structured a bit differently, such as the big reveal in the end where it feels a bit out of place or less than credible as we had gotten very little setup prior. Also, there was a big event with the shadowkin mid-book, like it was the end, and then we went back to the story as if nothing had happened. It felt misplaced. Also, as a comment probably to the publisher, I’d change the cover. It feels a bit dated and really not representative of the story. In this third chapter in a trilogy of articles (see links on the others below) I wrote around Tim Waggoner, my expectations around this book were high and met in certain areas, especially where characters were involved. Tim spends a good amount of time building humanized characters we can root for (or hate), even when a truly horrific event occurs to them not long after. I also liked the constant sense of ignorance on what exactly brought such darkness around Lori, and as far as I was concerned, did not know where the story was going next, which is where you want your readers to be. I also really enjoyed Tim’s style, where he inserted a few lines here and there to lighten the mood of the book and gave me a few laughs. Which is so important when you dabble in dreadful and shocking events throughout a story. Strike a good balance. In the end, the overall package that is Tim’s Your Turn To Suffer is a book I’d recommend to fans of the genre, especially those who truly enjoy tales of the weird and disturbing.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hannah May Book Reviews

    Title: Your Turn to Suffer Author: Tim Waggoner Pub: Flame Tree Press Pages: 246 Rating: 3.5/5 A huge thank you to the author, Flame Tree Press and Random Things Tours for allowing me to be part of the blog tour. Synopsis: Lorelai Palumbo’s life is turned upside down when a sinister group called the Cabal begin to harass her constantly. The Cabal accuse her of committing unspeakable crimes in the past which she now has to pay for but the only thing is, she doesn’t know what she is supposed to have d Title: Your Turn to Suffer Author: Tim Waggoner Pub: Flame Tree Press Pages: 246 Rating: 3.5/5 A huge thank you to the author, Flame Tree Press and Random Things Tours for allowing me to be part of the blog tour. Synopsis: Lorelai Palumbo’s life is turned upside down when a sinister group called the Cabal begin to harass her constantly. The Cabal accuse her of committing unspeakable crimes in the past which she now has to pay for but the only thing is, she doesn’t know what she is supposed to have done. Now the Cabal are tearing her life apart piece by piece, torturing her mentally and physically. The only hope she has to salvage her life is to atone to what the Cabal thinks she has done, whatever that is. Review: It was the book description that pulled me right in, I enjoy a good horror and I like books to affect me, so I hoped this would give me the on edge feeling I craved. The red figures as the Cabal intrigued me, I wanted to uncover who they are. I enjoy dark reads so I was eager to get stuck in. The story definitely kicks off with a bang, you are thrown right into the story. From the very start to finish, there is action around every corner, keeping you on your toes. It was also evident from the start that the author is a very descriptive writer, who can really create an atmosphere. I found the story like to be intriguing and I was interested to see how things would come together. I liked how I generally couldn’t call what would happen next and I found myself quite surprised by the story line, it was not what I expected at all, I generally though this would be mainly a cult read so I was pleasantly surprised. I also loved the fact that this is unlike any book I have read before. I generally found myself lost and absorbed in the story at times. The story is told in two worlds/dimensions and although I did prefer it when told in the real world, I did find the story easy to follow. What I will also say is Tim is very ruthless with his characters so it is best to not get attached to anyone! I enjoyed how dark the story got in places and I could feel the tenseness at times. Some of the scenes did get quite intense especially the Garden of Anguish and although I enjoyed this intenseness, I could imagine it would make squeamish readers uncomfortable at times. In places it was quite brutal and horrific, doing what a horror should do so if you’re planning on reading this do not expect a world where things become all well and good, that is not Tim’s style. After reading Your Turn to Suffer, I had to take a little break before picking up my next book, just to digest what I had read which shows to me how good the writing style of the author is!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brandi Guarino

    Lorelai Palumbo is having a bad week. To start, her migraines are off the charts, causing her to be short and snippy with strangers, her boss is on her case about her treatment methods for her physical therapy clients, and a crazy lady with frightening eyes accosts her in the grocery store and says, “Confess and atone—or suffer.” If that were not enough to shake her up, a few minutes after the grocery store encounter, she is nearly killed by a driver who loses control of his car in the parking l Lorelai Palumbo is having a bad week. To start, her migraines are off the charts, causing her to be short and snippy with strangers, her boss is on her case about her treatment methods for her physical therapy clients, and a crazy lady with frightening eyes accosts her in the grocery store and says, “Confess and atone—or suffer.” If that were not enough to shake her up, a few minutes after the grocery store encounter, she is nearly killed by a driver who loses control of his car in the parking lot. But when she sees the bizarre lady with the frightening eyes lurking nearby and watching her, mouthing “confess and atone— or suffer,” she realizes this accident is no coincidence. Lori arrives home after the incident at the grocery store shaken and on edge. Her roommate/ex-boyfriend is out for the evening, and her current boyfriend is working late, leaving her nothing more to do than go to bed. Not long after falling asleep, Lori is plagued by what she believes to be a nightmare from a memory of a life-changing injury she incurred as a teenager, to being in the car of an eyeless man who is driving her along a dark path called The Nightway to the Vermilion Tower, where unthinkable pain awaits. When she awakens, Lori finds that her nightmare is just beginning. Being hunted by beings known as Shadowkins sent from The Vermilion Tower, every facet of Lori’s life is falling apart-her health is deteriorating, her relationships are faltering, her work is suffering, the world around her is being destroyed, her family is changed forever, and her nightmares are pulling her out of real life and depositing her in The Vermilion Tower where she is being tortured by the Cabal. If Lori wants all the torture to stop and for her sense of normalcy to return, she must figure out the sin for which she needs to confess and atone for before it is too late. I greatly enjoyed Your Turn to Suffer. I have read Tim Waggoner’s work before, but only in novella form, so getting to read a longer piece of fiction written by him is a treat. I love the multi-layered world he built in the novel, using both Lori’s real-life world and The Nightway to great effect in propelling the story and creating characters in both realms that you grow to care about. You will feel empathy for Lori, you will want her to remember the grave injustice she committed just so she gets her life back to normal, you will feel her need to protect her family and friends, and you will feel her fear when the Cabal tortures her. There are some graphic, disturbing events in this story that will be difficult for some readers. It is a gory, wild, and unpredictable ride from beginning to end. Speaking from personal experience, some are pure nightmare fuel that you will not soon forget. I know that I have not forgotten yet and have been checking pinky nails for red nail polish every since I finished the book. Your Turn to Suffer will make you consider the power of your words, and to think of the consequences of your actions in your everyday life. It will make you consider how you interact with others, question the choices you make, and ponder whether the mistakes you make will have ripple effects on the world. Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley and Flame Tree Press for providing me an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #YourTurntoSuffer #NetGalley

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jammy

    You ever crave true horror but can't find a title to scratch the itch? This is the one you're looking for. Physical therapist, Lori, lives a relatively uncomplicated life until the mysterious Cabal appears out of nowhere and demands that she “confess and atone — or suffer.” Bizarre nightmare creatures continually chip away at her safety, her sanity, and everything she loves until she can uncover and atone for her own horrible truth. Your Turn to Suffer is the most intense book I've read in a very You ever crave true horror but can't find a title to scratch the itch? This is the one you're looking for. Physical therapist, Lori, lives a relatively uncomplicated life until the mysterious Cabal appears out of nowhere and demands that she “confess and atone — or suffer.” Bizarre nightmare creatures continually chip away at her safety, her sanity, and everything she loves until she can uncover and atone for her own horrible truth. Your Turn to Suffer is the most intense book I've read in a very long time. This title is dedicated to David Lynch, and that definitely makes sense. The sudden slips between normalcy and the surreal dreamscape are nightmarish to say the least. It’s cryptic, bizarre, horrible, beautiful, and most of it remains just out of reach. Until it doesn’t. Around the midpoint, there are some short scenes involving minor characters and townspeople when the nightmare hits. This is the turning point where the plot stops being distinctly Lynchian and diverges into something paranormal yet hyperrealistic at the same time. The effect is gutting. The terms “splatterpunk” and “extreme horror” are sometimes used interchangeably, but this, I feel, is the difference. Yep, there’s a lot of gore, but the story touches on obvious fears as well as psychic horrors that I didn’t even know existed. Some scenes were pure fantasy a la Beetlejuice, while others were way too real. About a quarter of the way through, the book reaches a point that would be climactic in the hands of other authors, but Mr. Waggoner turns the heat higher and higher until we're burning, then turns it up one more time. That said, I do think there are too many things going on in this world. The Cabal is made up of such diverse, um, entities that it's hard to know what’s scary and what’s just weird. Some of the scenes are so “out there” that it’s just too much. There are no rules whatsoever. It’s hard to summarize this story and do it justice. Basically, if you like your horror with a side of mindf*ck, you should just read this. This one pulls out all the stops. I can’t imagine any reader would be unaffected by this brutal book. CW: strong horror elements including animal abuse and a disturbing scene with child victims. Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rajiv

    [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] Tim Waggoner is easily one of my favorites for a good horror read! After reading “They Kill” and “The Mouth of the Dark,” “Your Turn to Suffer” did not disappoint. What I love about the author’s style is how he gets his characters to step away from their element. You think you know the characters well, but then they get possessed to do all sorts of unspeakable things. This book had many such moments when Lori encounters Melind [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] Tim Waggoner is easily one of my favorites for a good horror read! After reading “They Kill” and “The Mouth of the Dark,” “Your Turn to Suffer” did not disappoint. What I love about the author’s style is how he gets his characters to step away from their element. You think you know the characters well, but then they get possessed to do all sorts of unspeakable things. This book had many such moments when Lori encounters Melinda, Katie, and Brian. Brian is someone who terrified me towards the end. I did not expect him to become prominent of all the characters, but it worked so well. Similarly, the woman with the goat eyes and the shadowy man is terrifying, and the story gave me the creeps. Moreover, while I initially did not concern about Larry and Justin, my heart went out to them later. While this is primarily a horror novel, I did go through various emotions. I also loved Edgar! Although he appears briefly, he was memorable! Furthermore, the author also keeps the story fresh, and there is never a dull moment. The story starts with a bang as Lori witnesses the car crash with Neil from the getgo. From then on, the author maintains the momentum as Lori journeys into The Nightway and meets spine-tingling characters like Driver, Rauch, and Haruspex. Also, one of the terrifying moments of the story is when Rauch brainwashes Maureen into doing the horrific act. I don’t think I will forget that scene ever! Overall, “Your Turn to Suffer” is probably my favorite from all of his works, and I hope he continues to write many more!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Derwin

    Your Turn to Suffer Author: Tim Waggoner Publisher: Flame Tree Press Page count: 264pp Release date: 23rd March 2021 Lorelai Palumbo (Lori) is heading to the pharmacist to pick up her migraine meds after a stressful day when she literally bumps into an unusual man; white mustache, brown fedora and suit, garish yellow tie.  And a haunted look in his eyes. Then a week later, there’s the woman in the supermarket, with black goat-like eyes and doughy sockets. And something else, hunting her. They tell her Your Turn to Suffer Author: Tim Waggoner Publisher: Flame Tree Press Page count: 264pp Release date: 23rd March 2021 Lorelai Palumbo (Lori) is heading to the pharmacist to pick up her migraine meds after a stressful day when she literally bumps into an unusual man; white mustache, brown fedora and suit, garish yellow tie.  And a haunted look in his eyes. Then a week later, there’s the woman in the supermarket, with black goat-like eyes and doughy sockets. And something else, hunting her. They tell her to ‘confess’, atone or suffer for her sins. Very soon she finds out she is being Hunter by the ‘The Cabal’, and being dragged into a nightmare world where she is tortured until she is willing to confess, but she has no idea what she should be confessing. And every time she tries to recall, she is crushed with a splintering headache. There are monstrous creatures in this other place with the Vermilion Tower and along The Nightway; the entire realm like the lovechild of Lucio Fulci, Hieronymus Bosch and Clive Barker. There are lush descriptions of bizzare, sensual terrors and things waiting in the dark, and gut-wrenching visceral horror. Amidst the splatterpunk and pain on display there are also some darkly comedic moments that are spot on, reminding me why Waggoner is one of my favourite horror writers.  Yet the most compelling aspect of the book is Lori herself. What has she done? What are the blocked memories buried deep in the recesses of her brain and why are they hidden? Exploring trauma, PTSD, the search for healing through Lori’s physical therapy and the need for redemption, this book hit me ‘in the feels’ as well as being thoroughly gruesome and entertaining. A character we meet within it, Edgar, deserves his own story and given the nature of the novel I think it’s a story Waggoner could easily pull off. There was so much to enjoy here. If you’re squeamish you’ll struggle, but if you love balls out crazy narrative, quirky humour and graphic horror, this is absolutely the book to read. And strangely, I was left impacted most of all with a sense of emotional resonance and poignancy above all. Simply terrific.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Rimmelzwaan

    Your Turn To Suffer by Tim Waggoner is a horror story published by one of my favourite publishing houses, Flame Tree Press. As soon as I saw we had a Tim Waggoner book tour, I jumped at the chance. I have read another of Tim's books and thoroughly enjoyed that one so knew I needed to be a part of this tour. We are introduced to Lori she works as a physical therapist and lives her life as everyone else does. Then the day comes when she meets a woman with weird goat-like eyes. She tells Lori to co Your Turn To Suffer by Tim Waggoner is a horror story published by one of my favourite publishing houses, Flame Tree Press. As soon as I saw we had a Tim Waggoner book tour, I jumped at the chance. I have read another of Tim's books and thoroughly enjoyed that one so knew I needed to be a part of this tour. We are introduced to Lori she works as a physical therapist and lives her life as everyone else does. Then the day comes when she meets a woman with weird goat-like eyes. She tells Lori to confess and atone - or suffer. Lori has no clue why she needs to be confessing to or even atoning for, before she even realises it her suffering has started. Lori is then feeling like she is living a nightmare, first attacked by shadowy clawed creatures then tortured by members of a group called The Cabal. Could it get any worse? Well, yes...next her friends, family and even work colleagues are all hurt, attacked and accosted. Tortured to ensure Lori confesses and atones. Lori still has no idea what she has supposedly done, and these horrible things will not stop until she finds out...if she can. I thought the mystery of what Lori had done and the fact she had to attempt to work it out for the nightmare to end really had me. I wondered what the heck was it she had done to cause all her suffering and everyone elses as well? The Cabal's pure rage really had me scared for everyone connected to Lori and Lori herself. In fact who were these Cabal people? Are they devils? Are they even real? I was so interested and curious to know what was coming. I was hoping at some point Lori would remember what she had done and soon! I read this book in about a day and a half if that. I raced through it, the creepiness of the story giving me goosebumps and sometimes even almost freaking me out! 'Your Turn To Suffer' really gave me the chills and even brought the gore too. An entertaining and deliciously horrifying at times too. If you are a horror fan this is worth adding to your to be read pile. Thank you to Random Things Tours, Flame Tree Press, NetGalley and Tim Waggoner for my copy of the book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bob/Sally

    Your Turn to Suffer is an altogether weird slice of horror that takes a few sharp turns in the telling, but which is at its best when indulging in the bizarre. The opening chapter is creepy, but deceptively so, stoking our interest in Lori's suffering, yet holding back on the true horror, even as it misleads us into expecting something safe and familiar. "Confess and atone - or suffer" is such a great line, but it really only scratches the surface of what's involved here. Where the story takes its Your Turn to Suffer is an altogether weird slice of horror that takes a few sharp turns in the telling, but which is at its best when indulging in the bizarre. The opening chapter is creepy, but deceptively so, stoking our interest in Lori's suffering, yet holding back on the true horror, even as it misleads us into expecting something safe and familiar. "Confess and atone - or suffer" is such a great line, but it really only scratches the surface of what's involved here. Where the story takes its first sharp turn is in the fifth chapter, where what we expect to be a cruel reprimand from the boss turns into a giddy threat to "Tear off one of your tits with my teeth" (and worse!), and where instead of blaming Lori for her bad day, a coworker's sob story ends with the disgusting offer to share in eating a bloody, half-eaten cat. Yeah, suddenly, this just got interesting! The mythology of the tale is a little shaky, with the rules seeming to change to suit the story but, in all fairness, even the monsters admit they're making it up as they go. The human-looking monsters are the scariest, perhaps because they are more relatable, but the ways in which the monstrous Shadowkin can corrupt those around us is horribly fascinating. There's a scene involving a young mail carrier and a busty housewife twice his age that grossed me out and made me squirm in ways few horror novels have ever managed. Without betraying any surprises, the most significant sharp turns comes in the latter chapters, where what seemed to be a lazy motive is (thankfully) revealed to be a red herring, and where the driving force behind the horror is simpler than we can imagine, and yet carries far more serious consequences than we feared. A lot of people get to suffer in Your Turn to Suffer, and when it goes batshit off-the-rails crazy, that's where the story finds its dark, bloody, shadowy heart. https://beauty-in-ruins.blogspot.com/...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Portia Bella

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. YOUR TURN TO SUFFER BY: TIM WAGGONER 🙌🏾 Let me start by saying, “woah, what a ride”. Lori works as a physical therapist and lives a typical ordinary life, besides the fact that she suffers from super severe migraines. The book starts with Lori at the grocery store shopping for dinner when an odd, strange and smelly woman approaches her abruptly, telling her she must “confess and atone or suffer”. This starts the book off to a worldwind of creepy and disturbing events that are not for the faint o YOUR TURN TO SUFFER BY: TIM WAGGONER 🙌🏾 Let me start by saying, “woah, what a ride”. Lori works as a physical therapist and lives a typical ordinary life, besides the fact that she suffers from super severe migraines. The book starts with Lori at the grocery store shopping for dinner when an odd, strange and smelly woman approaches her abruptly, telling her she must “confess and atone or suffer”. This starts the book off to a worldwind of creepy and disturbing events that are not for the faint of heart. Lori has managed to get the attention of a weird cult group called “The Cabal” who have dark sinister powers that stretch so far as to having control of Lori‘s dreams as well as the minds and actions of the people in her life. The Cabal soon makes her life a living hell and Lori is desperate to understand what sin she committed that has put her in this terrifying situation. whatever it is she must fix it and FAST.... Your Turn to Suffer begins great immediately. I felt instantly engaged. Certain parts such as the apartment break in, The weird goat lady...really drew me in. This book has scenes that will keep you up at night as well as make your stomach queasy (imagine reading about someone eating a cat like a steak..) I definitely enjoyed Lori as a character. She started as a runaway yet she began to actually face her sins, making her a more likable character for me. I would definitely put this book in the category of weird and gory horror and I absolutely recommend it to you if you’re into that kind of thing. I’ll be looking for more books by Tim Waggoner. Thanks 1 million to NetGalley and Flame Tree Press for gifting me a e-ARC of Your Turn to Suffer in exchange for an honest review 🩸 This book will be released March 23, 2021.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Becky Spratford

    Three Words That Describe This Book: mix of weird fiction and extreme horror, original storyline, deeply unsettling. Waggoner is a master storyteller because he understands how to write within the genre. His WRITING IN THE DARK [my review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...] is THE book to both be a better horror writer and for library workers to learn to understand the genre and how authors manipulate words into the real emotions of fear, dread, and disgust. This short novel is a great Three Words That Describe This Book: mix of weird fiction and extreme horror, original storyline, deeply unsettling. Waggoner is a master storyteller because he understands how to write within the genre. His WRITING IN THE DARK [my review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...] is THE book to both be a better horror writer and for library workers to learn to understand the genre and how authors manipulate words into the real emotions of fear, dread, and disgust. This short novel is a great example of how Waggoner is a master at his craft; a teacher who can also do what he teaches. In this case, the book is short, violent and shocking and I don't want to give away very much. The basics you need to know if this is the type of horror for you is simple. Do you like weird fiction and do you not mind the violence, disgust, and extreme discomfort of extreme horror? If you give this a yes, give this book a go. If not, Skipp it; it is not for you. I am fine with both so I was good. The world building details behind the cult are good. It adds to the suspense as you learn about who, why, what, etc.... This novel is solidly in the "no one is safe" camp of horror, which is more common than not and I for one like it because it increases the dread, unease, and suspense. The overall story is original and unique. You will not be able to figure it all out, which I like. It will leave you unsettled, which in my opinion, the best horror does. For fans of Nick Cutter for sure. A younger writer I would suggest if you like this one is Wesley Southard, specifically ONE FOR THE ROAD. That also is extreme horror with touches of weird fiction. Parts also remind my of T Kingfisher, but this is much more violent.

  29. 4 out of 5

    D.K. Hundt

    2.5/5.0 Stars ‘Lorelai Palumbo is harassed by a sinister group calling themselves The Cabal. They accuse her of having committed unspeakable crimes in the past, and now she must pay.’ I would describe YOUR TURN TO SUFFER as a weird, Dark Fantasy, Occult Horror novel that borders on the bizarre—the imagery and corresponding dialogue Waggoner conjures up in certain scenes is ‘Chef’s Kiss’ perfection. Before reading this book, I don’t recall having ever seen goat eyes before, so I made the mistake o 2.5/5.0 Stars ‘Lorelai Palumbo is harassed by a sinister group calling themselves The Cabal. They accuse her of having committed unspeakable crimes in the past, and now she must pay.’ I would describe YOUR TURN TO SUFFER as a weird, Dark Fantasy, Occult Horror novel that borders on the bizarre—the imagery and corresponding dialogue Waggoner conjures up in certain scenes is ‘Chef’s Kiss’ perfection. Before reading this book, I don’t recall having ever seen goat eyes before, so I made the mistake of Googling images of the aforementioned eyes. Let me tell you, Dear Readers, that imagery added a whole other layer of creepy to my reading experience. I have to admit that though I stopped reading this book at a little over sixty percent of the way in, I have an almost desperate need to know how the story ends, so a may return to this book at a later date. The main issue I had when reading was the inability to stay submerged within the narrative–scenes that, to me, felt over-explained or repetitive to the point I was skimming through some of the pages. The tease of the main character Lori’s past related to her present-day circumstance is palpable on the pages, so perhaps, my need for answers bypassed my patience in a race to the reveal by way of the conclusion. So, again, I will be revisiting this book. Thank you, NetGalley and Flame Tree Press, for loaning me an eGalley of YOUR TURN TO SUFFER in the request of an honest review. Scheduled For Release – March 23, 2021 (Subject To Change)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nikolas Robinson

    Tim Waggoner's Your Turn To Suffer is one hell of an experience. The story that unfolds on these pages is reminiscent of Clive Barker at his horror and fantasy weaving best, while still feeling original and authentic as a Waggoner novel. Blending horrors both supernatural/unnatural and psychological, Your Turn To Suffer draws you in and refuses to let go. Seemingly out of nowhere, a random encounter on the street, followed a week later by an even more surreal and disturbing one in a grocery store Tim Waggoner's Your Turn To Suffer is one hell of an experience. The story that unfolds on these pages is reminiscent of Clive Barker at his horror and fantasy weaving best, while still feeling original and authentic as a Waggoner novel. Blending horrors both supernatural/unnatural and psychological, Your Turn To Suffer draws you in and refuses to let go. Seemingly out of nowhere, a random encounter on the street, followed a week later by an even more surreal and disturbing one in a grocery store sends Lori's life spinning out of control. From an admittedly disorganized life as a physical therapist with a complicated living arrangement with her slob of an ex, her world becomes something unrecognizable as familiar places become unsafe and the people in her life are transformed into horrifying, monstrous strangers. Lori is forced to come to terms with her past as she struggles desperately to discover what she needs to confess to and atone for. This story reads like one of those nightmares you wake up from only to learn you're still sleeping and experiencing a nightmare...except that it just continues like a Russian nesting doll of nightmares within nightmares. The narrative paints a distorted and dreamlike allegory, showcasing how guilt, even (or especially) when associated with long-forgotten--or suppressed--memories can weigh heavily on us. Once you're on the Nightway and heading toward the Vermillion Tower, it's already too late. The Cabal has you. You will suffer.

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