Wednesday, November 01, 2023

#BookReview: Knock Knock, Open Wide by @UnshavedMouse

Synopsis: Knock Knock, Open Wide weaves horror and Celtic myth into a terrifying, heartbreaking supernatural tale of fractured family bonds, the secrets we carry, and the veiled forces that guide Irish life.

Driving home late one night, Etain Larkin finds a corpse on a pitch-black country road deep in the Irish countryside. She takes the corpse to a remote farmhouse. So begins a night of unspeakable horror that will take her to the very brink of sanity.

She will never speak of it again.

Two decades later, Betty Fitzpatrick, newly arrived at college in Dublin, has already fallen in love with the drama society, and the beautiful but troubled Ashling Mallen. As their relationship blossoms, Ashling goes to great lengths to keep Betty away from her family, especially her alcoholic mother, Etain.

As their relationship blossoms, Betty learns her lover's terrifying family history, and Ashling's secret obsession. Ashling has become convinced that the horrors inflicted on her family are connected to a seemingly innocent children's TV show. Everyone in Ireland watched this show in their youth, but Ash soon discovers that no one remembers it quite the same way. And only Ashling seems to remember its a small black goat puppet who lives in a box and only comes out if you don’t behave. They say he’s never come out.

Almost never.

When the door between the known and unknown opens, it can never close again.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: This book was creepy at its best!! I need a movie however I am not sure cinema could do it justice.  But I need to see this on the screen.  If you are addicted to everything spine tingling creepy then this is the book to pick up!!! 

About the Author

Neil Sharpson lives in Dublin with his wife and their two children. Having written for theater since his teens, Neil transitioned to writing novels in 2017, adapting his play The Caspian Sea into When The Sparrow Falls.

A huge fan of animation, Neil writes 
Unshaved Mouse, a comedic review blog mostly focusing on animated film and comic book movies.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.


"Genuinely terrifying, the sort of book you shut away in the freezer at night so it won’t come looking for you. That is, if you can put it down. Knock Knock, Open Wide deservedly places Neil Sharpson at the front rank of modern horror writers. Open wide, if you dare, and read."―Alex Grecian, New York Times bestselling author of Red Rabbit

"Irish mythology melds with family damage and a decidedly contemporary love story in this deftly told novel. Circling around one of the most terrifying versions of a child's TV program in fiction, 
Knock, Knock, Open Wide has a remarkable ability to reveal the cracks in reality which, if we're not careful, we can be pushed through, landing in a darker-hued reality that huddles snarling beneath."―Brian Evenson, author of Song for the Unraveling of the World

Celtic creepypasta Knock Knock, Open Wide is a dark miracle and Neil Sharpson is an infernal bard belched straight out from Hell itself. Your next nightmare has just arrived."―Clay McLeod Chapman, author of Ghost Eaters

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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