December 12th, 2019, Jade returns to the rural lake town of Proofrock the same day as convicted Indigenous serial killer Dark Mill South escapes into town to complete his revenge killings, in this “superb” (Publishers Weekly) sequel to My Heart Is a Chainsaw from New York Times bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones.
Four years after her tumultuous senior year, Jade Daniels is released from prison right before Christmas when her conviction is overturned. But life beyond bars takes a dangerous turn as soon as she returns to Proofrock. Convicted Serial Killer, Dark Mill South, seeking revenge for thirty-eight Dakota men hanged in 1862, escapes from his prison transfer due to a blizzard, just outside of Proofrock, Idaho.
Dark Mill South’s Reunion Tour began on December 12th, 2019, a Thursday.
Thirty-six hours and twenty bodies later, on Friday the 13th, it would be over.
Don’t Fear the Reaper is the “adrenaline-filled” (Library Journal, starred review) sequel to My Heart Is a Chainsaw from New York Times bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones.
SGJ slayed this sequel slasher!
I have said many, many times that there's a formula when it comes to slashers. They're predictable, sure. The thing is though - you never know when or how those predictable events are going to happen exactly. It's that not knowing that's the true addiction regarding slashers: the build of up fear and suspense...your head on a swivel, checking all directions at once...your blood racing and your heart pounding so much so that it's almost a relief when the slasher finally does make an appearance.
Slasher sequels have a slight change in their formula: they have to stay true to the original formula but they have to up the stakes: everything has to be MORE. The fear, violence, murder, and the reason behind it all must all be raised to a higher level.
Stephen Graham Jones absolutely accomplished this. In spades. It's very difficult, because I have so much I want to pick apart and discuss, as well as predictions for the final book in the trilogy, but doing so would spoil the first book and this one. It's a conundrum. I tell you though, I suspected EVERYONE. Which is funny, especially when you finish reading it.
Immediately upon finishing, I wanted to move my chair away from the wall, start the book over and put up sticky notes and threads to connect events and characters because I'm quite sure there were some valuable things that might have been snuck in about where this series will go in the final book. Plus, there was so much going on that I feel sure I missed some things...and then there's just the old fashioned, it was so good that I want to reread MY HEART IS A CHAINSAW and DON'T FEAR THE REAPER back to back.
There was a time when I actually cheered - it's the kind of thing that people will holler, clap and cheer when it happens in a movie - which, speaking of - HOW HAS THIS SERIES NOT BEEN PICKED UP YET?! Give us Jade Daniels on the Big Screen already! She's earned it.
I. CANNOT. WAIT. FOR. THE. NEXT. BOOK. IN. THIS. SERIES!