Title: Nowhere to Hyde
Author: Terry M. West
Publisher: Pleasant Storm Entertainment
Publication Date: January 31, 2020
If you’ve ever wondered what the world would be like if all the monsters of legend were not only real, but a visible part of the community, then you’ve clearly not entered The Magic Now.
Nowhere to Hyde is the fourth book by Terry M. West to explore this world, but worry not for they can all be enjoyed as standalone tales. This time out, there’s a zombie epidemic that threatens to turn public opinion against the monsters, with a new monster on the scene – Jekyll/Hyatt – who is so unlike any other monster that nobody really knows how to deal with him.
Part of what makes this series so exciting is the way West incorporates the monsters into a gritty sort of urban drama, a place where Frankenstein’s monster is a crime lord, where vampires trade orgasms for blood, and where undead ghouls with their own sort of erotic glamour hide in alleys to take advantage of the unwary. Zombies are not a new development here, but Dracula’s failed coup in a previous book has gathered them in unprecedented numbers and unleashed them on the streets.
The way West reinvents Jekyll & Hyatt is the primary draw to this volume, of course, with a story involving conjoined twins, risky surgeries, hypnotism, and (so it seems) madness. With a zombie bite serving as the catalyst, we see the monster emerge in a way that is visually impressive and viscerally terrifying. There is both cunning and coldly calculated cruelty there, not to mention some unique qualities of his blood that serve to upset the feeding order of monsters in town.
West has plenty of surprises buried within Nowhere to Hyde, but there is a fantastic twist that brings it all together. In terms of set pieces or scenes, the climax at the vampire brothel may be the sexiest, bloodiest thing I’ve ever read, but I will say no more and let you enjoy it for yourself.
Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀
My sincere thanks to the author for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.