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Kait Brecker can't remember the last time she didn't feel like busted glass. Her volcanic temper's scared off her friends, and a miserable breakup with her boyfriend Lutz left her crippled with guilt and painful memories. So when she learns her childhood best friend is planning a sojourn to a secluded mountain cabin, Kait jumps at the chance to tag along, convinced that rek Kait Brecker can't remember the last time she didn't feel like busted glass. Her volcanic temper's scared off her friends, and a miserable breakup with her boyfriend Lutz left her crippled with guilt and painful memories. So when she learns her childhood best friend is planning a sojourn to a secluded mountain cabin, Kait jumps at the chance to tag along, convinced that rekindling this fractured friendship will fix whatever's breaking down inside her. She should have known… Lutz would never let her go that easily. After a chance roadside meeting, he pursues her into the foothills, revealing the monster under his skin for the first time: a malevolent body-snatching entity bent on tearing Kait's life to pieces. Now, with miles of silent forest between them and salvation and Lutz overpowering one terrified camper after the next, Kait must unite her estranged friends against this horrifying threat before the shadows of her past devour her life for good.


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Kait Brecker can't remember the last time she didn't feel like busted glass. Her volcanic temper's scared off her friends, and a miserable breakup with her boyfriend Lutz left her crippled with guilt and painful memories. So when she learns her childhood best friend is planning a sojourn to a secluded mountain cabin, Kait jumps at the chance to tag along, convinced that rek Kait Brecker can't remember the last time she didn't feel like busted glass. Her volcanic temper's scared off her friends, and a miserable breakup with her boyfriend Lutz left her crippled with guilt and painful memories. So when she learns her childhood best friend is planning a sojourn to a secluded mountain cabin, Kait jumps at the chance to tag along, convinced that rekindling this fractured friendship will fix whatever's breaking down inside her. She should have known… Lutz would never let her go that easily. After a chance roadside meeting, he pursues her into the foothills, revealing the monster under his skin for the first time: a malevolent body-snatching entity bent on tearing Kait's life to pieces. Now, with miles of silent forest between them and salvation and Lutz overpowering one terrified camper after the next, Kait must unite her estranged friends against this horrifying threat before the shadows of her past devour her life for good.

40 review for The Unwelcome: A Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Richard Martin

    ‘The Ritual’ meets ‘The Thing’ Sci-Fi horror is a big favourite of mine and while it is easy to point to many examples of the sub-genre being done exceptionally in film, it sometimes feels sadly underused in literature outside of big-name media tie-ins. It is always a thrill to discover a new book that delivers in this regard, and ‘The Unwelcome’ by Jacob Steven Mohr is a fantastic example of how it can be done in a new and unique way. Kait Brecker has gone through a traumatic break-up with her bo ‘The Ritual’ meets ‘The Thing’ Sci-Fi horror is a big favourite of mine and while it is easy to point to many examples of the sub-genre being done exceptionally in film, it sometimes feels sadly underused in literature outside of big-name media tie-ins. It is always a thrill to discover a new book that delivers in this regard, and ‘The Unwelcome’ by Jacob Steven Mohr is a fantastic example of how it can be done in a new and unique way. Kait Brecker has gone through a traumatic break-up with her boyfriend, Lutz, and he has not taken it well. Falling back into the familiar routine of a once treasured friendship, Kait has agreed to an impromptu trip with best friend Alice and her new boyfriend Ben to a remote cabin for a quiet and peaceful getaway. Miles from the nearest road and more than fifty away from any kind of civilisation, the trip promises some distance from her problems, both figuratively and literally. Lutz has other plans for Kait. When he shows up unexpectedly at a roadside gas station on the groups drive down to the cabin, a series of events is set in motion that will turn their idyllic break into a nightmarish descent into madness. Lutz is no ordinary man. He is capable of inhabiting people’s bodies at will and when nobody knows who to trust, and with no help coming, the group must find a way to stop a malevolent force that they cannot see before it destroys them all. The pacing of ‘The Unwelcome’ is methodical throughout, the first half of the book being a tense character-driven drama, until a shocking scene that reveals some potentially supernatural elements. From then, there is still little in the way of action, but that works in the books favour in a lot of ways. There are very few points in the story where it is clear which, if any, character has been ‘taken over’ by Lutz and to show its hand would break the tension. When the action does come, it is sudden, unexpected and brutal, and is all the more shocking for the quiet, contemplative build-up to these sections of the book. It is bizarre yet oddly thrilling to read such a character-driven book, where you’re never sure who the character really is. It gives the whole thing a surreal, jarring quality that is enhanced by flashbacks and dream sequences that pepper the story and add depth to what may have otherwise been a taut but straightforward horror thriller. It’s a book that requires careful reading, as it does not give its secrets away easily, but it is one that rewards patience in a big way. ‘The Unwelcome’ is a tense, claustrophobic slow burn that will keep you guessing until the final page. The Sci-Fi elements add an ‘anything goes’ unpredictability to proceedings while horror fans will not be let down by either the scare factor or the blood quota. What really elevates however is the laser focus on character, made all the more impressive and immersive by the fact that we can never be quite sure whether any of them are who they say they are... You can read more reviews of new and upcoming horror releases at www.myindiemuse.com/category/genre/ho... I also promote indie horror via Twitter - @RickReadsHorror

  2. 4 out of 5

    Daric Kindle

    I enjoyed this novel as a fairly quick read. It grabs your attention from the introduction and carries you through to a climactic end. The book delves into the character of Kait, who harbors some deep regrets and anger from her past relationship with Lutz. You soon find out that their relationship was anything but normal.

  3. 4 out of 5

    McKenzie Austin

    THE UNWELCOME is my first experience with Mohr's writing. I initially became intrigued by his characters from a Twitter post of all things, and I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book to satisfy my morbid curiosity regarding the cast (and let me just say, the morbid side of your curiosities will *certainly* be satisfied with this novel.) The first chapter sucks you in with the perfect amount of nuanced intrigue and beautiful, beautiful description. Mohr has access to some sort of endles THE UNWELCOME is my first experience with Mohr's writing. I initially became intrigued by his characters from a Twitter post of all things, and I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book to satisfy my morbid curiosity regarding the cast (and let me just say, the morbid side of your curiosities will *certainly* be satisfied with this novel.) The first chapter sucks you in with the perfect amount of nuanced intrigue and beautiful, beautiful description. Mohr has access to some sort of endless reservoir of similes and metaphors that read like poetry but don't slow the action down. The style of writing was my favorite part of this reading experience. Initially, as is the dilemma when one has a large cast of characters, I forged "friendships" with some faster than others. Kait and Alice felt very real to me throughout. Lutz was fascinating in the most gutwrenching way. Ben and Riley had to work a little harder for me to enjoy them as much as the others, but this is only because the formers are SO well done. For this reason, I teetered on the edge of whether this was a 4 or 5 star for me through the middle, but by the book's climax it couldn't possibly be listed as anything less than 5. I can't really dive into the moments that tipped that scale from 'Really good' into 'Astonishing!' for me because all of them are spoilers ... but it's safe to say you'll enjoy the ride. It's unpredictable, it's graphic, it's full of mystery, and it's very, very bloody. My favorite. ❤

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Myers

    Two words: Page. Turner. I love this novel! The Unwelcome blends fantasy and horror perfectly together to create an exciting, nerve-racking, and honestly scary story. I found myself saying, “just one more chapter!” each time I picked up the book. The story reads smoothly and intuitively, and I felt like I was watching a movie while reading it! For example, the sensory details in this novel are crazy specific. This story takes place in winter, snow covering everything, permeating the characters mi Two words: Page. Turner. I love this novel! The Unwelcome blends fantasy and horror perfectly together to create an exciting, nerve-racking, and honestly scary story. I found myself saying, “just one more chapter!” each time I picked up the book. The story reads smoothly and intuitively, and I felt like I was watching a movie while reading it! For example, the sensory details in this novel are crazy specific. This story takes place in winter, snow covering everything, permeating the characters minimal protective layers and adding to the stress of the icy situations they find themselves in. I felt cold reading this book, and I often found myself with a blanket and tea to combat the wintery imagery! In addition to the cool setting, the characters are simply gorgeous. They’re a wide variety of personalities with distinct voices forced to work together for the good of the group. Old friendships are rekindled, sisterhoods become inevitable, new enemies are forged from the fires of uncertainty; they make the story completely enthralling. I want to meet all of them; that’s how real they felt reading this book. These are only a few of the many things outstanding in this book. The plot was riveting and kept me turning page after page, but I won’t disclose anything here for fear of spoilers. Read it to find out!! Overall, The Unwelcome by Jacob Steven Mohr is a book you need to have in the fantasy horror section of your bookshelf. Get the book, read it, and re-read it. Trust me, you will want to!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jon Richter

    So often a novel has a fantastic premise but is not particularly well written, or conversely represents a flawless execution of a pretty uninspired idea. In this case, Jacob Steven Mohr has nailed both: a brilliant concept, brilliantly written. Highly recommended!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    I absolutely could not set this down once I picked it up! The Unwelcome combines a rural setting, strained friendships, and imminent danger beautifully into a story that had me on the edge of my seat and gasping at every turn. Having to set the book down so I could do something non-negotiable (like go to work) was really difficult because I just HAD to know what happened next. As character backgrounds and relationship histories are revealed by the plot, I kept adjusting my opinions on who I liked I absolutely could not set this down once I picked it up! The Unwelcome combines a rural setting, strained friendships, and imminent danger beautifully into a story that had me on the edge of my seat and gasping at every turn. Having to set the book down so I could do something non-negotiable (like go to work) was really difficult because I just HAD to know what happened next. As character backgrounds and relationship histories are revealed by the plot, I kept adjusting my opinions on who I liked and how I felt, so I was constantly engaged. I really felt connected to each character. Mohr brought every single one of them to life, and even minor characters that don't appear for long feel real and three-dimensional. It's been a while since I was so emotionally engaged with a book. Some revelations hit me with a gut punch, and others had me cheering out loud or shouting encouragement like one would watching a slasher film. But even better: the revelations that had me gasping in surprise were always foreshadowed, but I was so caught up in the moment the characters were in that I just... missed it. Which to me is the mark of a really good book (because then you can reread and have the satisfaction of picking up on all the things you missed in the first go!) The style, as much as the characters and their dilemma, grips you from the start and Mohr's voice (along with that of his characters') is loud and clear. He conveys emotion and tone in a way that makes you feel like you are standing right beside Kait, Alice, and the rest of the crew. I could rave for longer but I would run the risk of spoilers, and the revelations and foreshadowing, as I've said, are some of the best parts. If you miss reading a book so good you accidentally stay up til 3am because you couldn't put it down, or you love guessing to see if you were right about the ending, or you want interesting interpersonal relationship explanation, then this is the book for you.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jane Pettitt

    A dark gritty read, you are not the person we thought, Loved it enjoy

  8. 5 out of 5

    Faye Rix

    The story is compelling. Good job writer! If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to [email protected] or [email protected]

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  18. 5 out of 5

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