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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
The Stitches on the Stone: Lauradelle's Redemption by Christopher J. Finn is an urban paranormal horror novel that revolves around the titular town and impacts those who live there in terrifying ways. The book is narrated from the point of view of several different characters who are interconnected in how they experience and witness the unthinkable events overtaking the people and the landscape. Ladies whose upper bodies twist in a 180-degree turn. A super creepy smiling stone. Young boys with dead flesh and maggots and bleeding inky blood. And that's not even what's happening on the streets or with women in knitted white sweaters. When push quite literally comes to shove, it's left up to a group of youths to figure out what exactly is happening and save what's left of their home town and themselves in the process.
June 2022 will forever be the time when I learned the phrase, “Damsel in a sundress.” What a book! I adore horror but find most of the contemporary literature more cringey than scary and a lot less fun to finish. The Stitches on the Stone: Lauradelle's Redemption by Christopher J. Finn ticks all the boxes of good paranormal fiction. Is it well written? Yes. Is it entertaining from start to finish? Yes. Do the characters feel like people you know when we finish? Absolutely. In fact, the characters are so well developed that I started to connect to them in the way that I might a niece or a nephew. The gore is balanced with intelligent humor and just plain good storytelling. This leads to the most important question: should you read it? 100% yes.