Book Review – WITCH EVER WAY YOU GO – novella by Robert Herold

This is a non-spoiler review.

When an ill-fated graduate student and his girlfriend are lured into a terrifying world of witchcraft and murder, they become targets for human sacrifice. Is there a chance they can escape a bloodthirsty coven of witches and certain death until the curse is lifted? A spellbinding story of modern horror.

Okay, Robert Herold, you got me! It’s going to be difficult for me to describe why I feel the way I do about this book without spoiling it, so please bear with me. This is going to be a short review because I refuse to spoil anything – and it’s almost impossible to tell you what and why I loved about it without spoilers, so forgive my vagueness!

If you read the synopsis, you’ll find that this novella does what it says on the tin. Sort of.

I’ll be honest – initially (well, truthfully, for the first two acts), I wasn’t that in to this story at all. It opens with a cult trying to perform a ritualistic sacrifice that goes awry (for them, not our protagonist, luckily for him!). I love cults – these types of stories are my favourite. However, I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t get to spend more time with these infernal wretches. The storytelling felt a little rushed, and I thought not digging his heels in and making this opening super scary was a bit of a missed opportunity for Herold. HOWEVER… at the end of the book, I changed my mind. I changed my mind about all of my criticisms, in fact, and there were several.

I think this must be the first time that I’ve been sat there rolling my eyes as I read, only to be so suprised at the end that I actually laughed at how much the wool had been pulled over my eyes. Guys, I went from thinking that elements of the story were rushed, badly researched, and sometimes even stupid, to applauding Herold for his genius and masterful storytelling.

I thought the police and all their procedures were ridiculous, and made several notes stating just that. Ate those words in the last act.

I thought the cult aspect was sort of stereotypical and lacking. Ate those words in the last act, too.

I thought the pacing was great but the storytelling was rushed. Guess what… yep, I had to chomp down those words for dessert.

It frustrates me greatly that I just can’t tell you why, but I’d really rather encourage you to read this book yourself, and leave all of the mysteries intact for you to uncover. It’s a perfect spooky season read.

Other aspects I really enjoyed were the overall Grand Guignol vibe (I love GG), and the scene with the exploding head.

I have to finish here but let me end on this – I really thought I had this whole story figured out (and I’m usually pretty good at that), but I didn’t. Not at all. It was so much fun to find out how utterly wrong I was about everything!

I’d recommend this to those on a spooky season book hunt, fans of cult horror and the supernatural, and people who like to enjoy a horror story in one sitting.

If you’d like to get your own copy, you can find it here:

WITCH EVER WAY YOU GO

At the time of writing this, the novella is available on Kindle Unlimited!

If you’d like to learn more about the author and his works, you can find him here:

ROBERT HEROLD

Review by Jolly Goat

One response to “Book Review – WITCH EVER WAY YOU GO – novella by Robert Herold”

  1. I’m really glad I got your goat! Thanks for the marvelous review! The sequel, The Devil Sheds A Tear, is available for pre-order — only $0.99 until Friday, January 13th!

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