Day of the Dead

Fiction - Thriller - General
51 Pages
Reviewed on 09/15/2020
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Author Biography

Things are going well for Sham Jones. It’s his senior year in high school and he’s in love. To top it off, it’s a Thursday and the last day of school for the week leading to a four-day weekend. What could be better than spending a long weekend with his girlfriend, Cali? As they make their way to Cali’s car, an unfamiliar, but stylish Trans Am pulls into the spot next to Cali’s. The driver gets out and immediately eyes Cali, who returns longing glances. And just like that Sham is no longer Cali’s love interest, cast aside like a broken Christmas ornament to make room for the new, shiny decoration.

Things get worse as the driver, simply known as Red, seems to seduce the entire student body with seemingly evil intentions during the weeks leading to Halloween. On Halloween, Red takes Cali, dressed in an angel costume, for a drive to the area known as never-ever-land, where young ladies are presumed to have disappeared and/or murdered. Sham and Cali’s best friend, Lin, wait all night for her return.

When Cali doesn’t return, Sham and Lin set out to rescue Cali from an awful fate on Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristy Volchko for Readers' Favorite

Day of the Dead by JR Wirth is a heart-pounding suspense/thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat wanting more and more! The day that high-schooler Sham Jones met Red for the first time is a day that he’ll never forget. It was just like any other cool, cloudy afternoon when that flashy muscle-car pulled into the lot and stole his girlfriend Cali’s heart but it was a day that would change their lives forever. But it wasn’t just jealousy that ate at Sham’s broken heart; there was something evil, something dark and sinister with Cali’s new girl-thieving beau. With the help of Cali’s best friend, Linda (Lin), Sham must somehow find a way to save his beloved angel from Red’s evil grip before it’s too late on Dia de Los Muertos—the Day of the Dead.

Day of the Dead by JR Wirth is a riveting short story for those suspense/horror/thriller aficionados out there. This book is all three. I enjoyed the storyline and the way it unfolded right from the very beginning. The unique characters have a ton of personality and gave the story an added spark. I thought it was so sweet how in love Sham is with Cali and his bravery and willingness to do what’s right is apparent throughout. He’ll do anything and everything to save her from this monster. Wirth writes a descriptive, atmospheric tale that had me desperately wanting to know what happened next. I found myself really rooting for these characters and it’s perfect for any reader who loves a creative, nail-biting chiller-thriller.