Series: The Chupacabra
Number in Series: 1
Release Date: October 17, 2012
Publisher: Night After Night Publications
Genre: Horror/Western/Historical Fiction/Mystery/Thriller
Synopsis from Goodreads
Post Civil War. Families move west to begin rich new lives, only some never make it. There is a creature that lurks in the vast open deserts of the west. It can only survive on blood and, although it prefers to prey on the weak and young, it will slaughter anyone or anything, once provoked. It is unnatural, deceptive, and difficult to kill. Word about the existence of this elusive beast has not spread since anyone who has crossed paths with it did not live long enough to tell of their account. Night of the Chupacabra is one man’s journey to reunite with his missing family, while the lethal creature that separated them, the mysterious and ravenous chupacabra, is never far behind. Night of the Chupacabra is not only a gruesome regale of carnage, but a unique combination of science fiction bloodshed with a more poignant tale of lost love set against a Western backdrop. Night of the Chupacabra is an unflinching look at the impossible choices made for family, while knowing the consequences will ultimately lead to a fate worse than death.
Night of the Chupacabra is a great Horror-Western that is perfect for October. Night of the Chupacabra follows a man, named Drake, and his family traveling to west for a better life. One night while resting from all their travels with not too far to go, they end up meeting something terrible in the desert. They don't know what it is. All they know is that it looks like a man, it is fast and it wants to eat something...or someone. After tragedy strikes, Drake is on a journey. While he stumbles on a town, he gets more more than he bargained for, both from the townspeople and from the chupacabra he thought he left behind.
Wow, what a wonderful read this was. The story was very thrilling and well paced. Night of the Chupacabra is much more than a monster story. It is the story of a man who needs closure. Drake has lost so much, but he is on a mission. He is trying to find his lost wife. He doesn't believe she died when the chupacabra came and took out their camp. He travels send him to a secluded town named Dillmore (well valley), and as expected, everyone is frightened of Drake due to the scars on his face. Everyone is suspicious of him because they believe he is trouble. There are a few snags while he is staying at a bar, but things take a turn for the worse when it seems the chupacabra has followed him into town and a mistake was made with the locals.
I loved our main character Drake. He knows his looks make people rude, scared, and sometimes homicidal. But he doesn't let that faze him. He does what he can for his lost love. He doesn't let the stupidity or expectations of others stop him or make him into the monster they think he is. But my absolute favorite character in this book was the little girl Jessie. She has been taken in to work for the bar by selling matches, but she is such a tough girl. She has seen and heard enough that she has quite the backbone and a lot of street smarts. She is the youngest person in the book but she is smarter than most of the adults. The story is full with quite a bit of villains as well. One in particular named Charles. He seems to have the sheriff wrapped around his finger and wants nothing more than to put those he thinks are doing him wrong in jail or worse, for instance Raul. Raul plays quite the role in this book, but I must say, as helpful as he was, he rings some alarm bells for me. Same thing goes for the sheriff, but he was more upfront about it. Just wait until you hear their stories and how they connect to Drake, the sheriff is definitely something. Goodness, it is hard not to spoil.
This was an amazing. The story had me at the edge of my seat from page 1. With every chapter, something new is revealed. And even though this book is done, there is still more to uncover. The story is so action packed and heartfelt, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this story. I know of the chupacabra and this is the very first story I have read featuring the mythical creature. I am glad this was my introduction because Hebler really gave us quite the take on the chupacabra. I love the story behind it and the mythology behind the creature. This is a horror story you shouldn't miss. I can't wait for book 2. I am officially a fangirl.
*This book belongs to the following challenges*
BCC's 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2012
BCC's Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2012
BCC's Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge 2012