Book Review: The Narrows by Travis M. Riddle

Title: The Narrows
Author: Travis M. Riddle
Genre: Adult Sci-Fi / Horror
Publication Date: October 23rd, 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: ⭐⭐

“I can show you how to enter the Narrows to find what you seek.”

Oliver and his friends have returned to their hometown of Shumard, Texas for the funeral of their close friend Noah. They each grapple with the loss in their own ways, trying to understand the strange circumstances of their friend’s unexpected death.

While visiting the site where the body was found, Oliver stumbles across a chilling discovery that he knows must be related to what happened to Noah. Wanting to protect his friends from these newfound horrors, Oliver takes it upon himself to venture into the grotesque otherworld known as the Narrows to learn what happened to his friend and find a way to bring him back.

Entering the Narrows is one thing, but will whatever he finds there allow him to leave?” (Goodreads)

I was looking forward to this one because of the cover and the blurb. From other things I read, it talked about being similar to Stranger Things, which I have never seen. I went in with a few expectations but still had an open mind about this book.

After reading this book, it isn’t what I expected. I figured there would be more when it came to horror and even the otherworld aka the Narrows. The thing is, both of those parts were very minimal. The Narrow didn’t have a major role until over 50% through the book. I also didn’t find anything scary about this book and I am quite the chicken.

The plot is mostly about the friendships that Oliver has with friends from high school even though they have been out for awhile now. I’m all for developing the characters but I just wanted more from the Narrow. Even after the development, I still didn’t understand why he would want to risk his life for someone like Noah. It didn’t seem like they were really good friends.

Even with all of the struggles, I did at least enjoy the writing. It is well written but the plot and the characters just didn’t work for me.

Overall, this was okay. I’m glad I still gave it a shot even if it wasn’t for me in the end.