Arte Blanche – Entered in 2018 Book Award Contest – Horror
David W. Coons JR
Frightening and suspenseful, David W Coons, Jr., makes readers’ hearts palpitate with Arte Blanche. Gabe Daniels is anxiously awaiting the end of the night to arrive after his date with Becca. He has thrilling plans, but he promised he would attend the opening of a new art gallery with her. The dread of moving through the exhibits of Arte Blanche turns into far more than Gabe could’ve ever dreamed of. What’s real, what’s possible and where the art really derived from keeps readers on the edge of their seats. David W Coons, Jr. crafted a surprise ending that readers will almost certainly not see coming. To top it off, a short story, “The Black Ring” is included at the end of the book.
If there is a drawback to be found in David W Coons, Jr.’s horror Arte Blanche, it might be the crude sexual language. It starts off in the very first sentence. However, it’s unlikely that readers who enjoy reading gruesome horror novels will be put off by that type of writing. In fact, some readers might well find it as a sexier piece of the novel as it pertains to Gabe and Becca and their potential sexual relationship. There are hints early on as to what the surprising outcome might be, but for the most part even the areas that may be guessed or considered as possibilities by readers still have unexpected twists and turns to them.
Arte Blanche by David W Coons, Jr. knocks it out of the park when it comes to suspense and coldly calculated, thrilling scenes. Without a doubt this is a book that will keep readers turning pages as fast as they can and one of those books they won’t be able to put down. Yet, it’s unique enough and frightening enough that it won’t be just “one of those books” because it is thoroughly unforgettable. Being memorable is not an easy task to achieve, but David W Coons, Jr. did it with Arte Blanche through profound skill and talent. Reader’s will probably never look at art in an art gallery the same way again. Well done!
Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.