"Paradise Club" Book Review

Written by Janine Pipe

Published by Grindhouse Press

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Written by Tim Meyer
2021, 278 pages, Fiction
Released on January 29th, 2021


I think I have made it pretty clear by now that Tim Meyer is a must-read author. Some writers you just click with, and once you discover their style and voice, you greedily devour everything they have produced. And sometimes you get extra excited when they put something out with Grindhouse Press, as you know it is going to be crazy.

Paradise Club is utterly bonkers, but in the best way possible. We have a plethora of characters, but thankfully each POV is given a separate chapter and it is easy to keep on track despite the large cast. The basic premise in a nutshell is that a bunch of people think they have won a luxurious beach holiday and in actual fact, they are being thrown into a killing spree Battle Royale-style, and there can only be one winner…

Ordinary folk are suddenly pitched against crazed serial killers with a glut of terrifying weaponry at their disposal. Fight or Flight kicks in, and suddenly these characters are forced to perform terrible acts just to have a chance of survival.

Anyone who likes their horror with a splash of as much blood, guts and gore as possible, will enjoy this. It is more on the lines of a slasher scenario despite the number of players rather than splatterpunk, as in spite of the amount of killings, Tim doesn’t introduce any other shocking elements. So if you prefer Friday the 13th to Off Season, you’ll be okay. That said, there is plenty of mayhem and chainsaw-wielding to keep a gorehound like myself happy too. But the main reason I will read whatever Tim puts out, is his voice and character development. Whilst Paradise Club is faster-paced and we don’t get to know the cast as well as some of his other work, I still really liked them, especially 14-year-old Zach. Tim writes teen boys so well, and if one appears in his stories, they usually end up being a favourite.

If you want an easy, fun and enjoyable read, something that will make you think of holiday and sunshine but with a hefty dose of ketchup, then you need to pick this up along with anything this man writes.


Overall: 5 Star Rating Cover
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Janine Pipe
Staff Reviewer
Janine has enjoyed horror from an early age, frightening herself with ghost stories and learning the craft from Stephen King. After trading in a police badge and an apple for the teach (ing assistant) er, she decided to try her hand at something she loved – writing her own scary stuff. She has many terrifying tales published and has been nominated for a 2020 Splatterpunk Award. She hopes her mum never reads a certain story about a hole in a tree … As well as reading and writing, she is an editor and publicist for Kandisha Press with her BFF Jill, where she is always on the lookout for new women’s voices for their anthologies. Her favourite authors and influences are quite obvious when you read her work. But she’d like to remind you they are: Glenn Rolfe, Hunter Shea and Tim Meyer. When not writing, reading or reviewing, Janine can be found at home with her husband and daughter, planning their next trip to Walt Disney World and drinking obscene amounts of coffee.
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