Sara Brooke is a newish name to me. She has been around for a little while and when one of my favourite publishers decided to release this nasty little number, I was quick to hop aboard.
I will jump straight in and say that I loved this book. It’s a quick read and the opening chapter is unpleasant enough to pull you in straight away. The pace is fast, wasting no time in getting to the good stuff. The story follows a group of friends that trespass into an abandoned theme park that was closed and quarantined some time ago due to a series of gruesome deaths. Ignoring the signs out front, our young group find themselves in some trouble, not only with what is inside the park, but also with the local law enforcement who wish to keep the ‘Gardens’ dark past a secret. The ‘Gardens of Babylon’ are a fantastic place, full of lush tropical plants and trees, a miniature golf course and a beautiful lake. Just don’t go even think about going swimming!
This book wasn’t what I was expecting, which is always a good thing. I had it inside my head that it was some sort of creature feature…..but it’s not. It is in fact a body horror reminiscent of Eli Roth’s movie from 2002 – ‘Cabin Fever’. Unlike Roth’s movie, the characters are actually very likeable, so much so in fact that I felt gutted for them at the end. They are a naïve bunch, young, dumb and full of…..fun!
There is gore aplenty, some of it is stomach churning (which is great!) and one particular scene will stay with me for a very long time. If you like Roth’s ‘Cabin Fever’ then you will love this book! Sinister Grin Press will soon be releasing Sara Brooke’s ‘The Zyne Project’ and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
I always enjoy discovering a new writer and in Sara Brooke I feel I have found a gem. Great stuff!
You can pick up a copy of ‘Gardens of Babylon’ here.
Check out my interview with Sara in the Sinister Interviews section.