Book Review - The Chill by Scott Carson


Title: The Chill

Author: Scott Carson

Publisher: Welbeck

Release Date: 3rd July 2020

Source: Own Copy

Buy: Amazon UK

In this terrifying thriller, a supernatural force set in motion a century ago threatens to devastate New York City.


In upstate New York a drowned village lies beneath the dark, still waters of the Chilewaukee reservoir. Sacrificed a century ago to bring water to the millions living downstate, the town's destruction was for the greater good . . . at least that's what the politicians said. 

Years later an inspector overseeing the dangerously neglected dam witnesses something inexplicable. 

It seems more than the village was left behind in the waters of the Chill; some never left at all. Now a dark prophecy comes to fruition. Those who remember must ask themselves: who will be next? For sacrifices must be made. 

As the dark water begins inexorably to rise, the demand for a fresh sacrifice emerges from the deep . . .


When Stephen King says a book is “Terrific” I’ll I usually take him at his word.   He wasn’t wrong with The Chill, a book I thought going by the cover was about something spooky with lots of snow and ice, no this book has water at its very core, lots and lots of it and the secrets that hide within its murky depths.

The Chill refers to the Chilewaukee Reservoir in upstate New York.  A reservoir created to serve the needs of NYC’s vast population and it hides within its depths a town that was sacrificed to make way for the reservoir and dam and that enough just gives me the creeps.

The story introduces us to the locals including a police chief and his wayward twenty something son, and a young woman who has returned to the area as a police offer after living in NYC with her tunnel digger father for many years.  Their paths all cross when the rain starts.

The dam and reservoir are designed to only hold so much water and the dam is old and starting to show its age.  An inspector is sent up to examine the structure and he worries for what he sees, money needs to be thrown at it to make it safe and if the dam fails who knows how much damage and lives will be lost.

This is not a book about dam safety, you see something strange is going on, a body is found in the water, a man thought to have been killed by accident turns up alive and long dead people start are making themselves known.  What secrets are hidden by the reservoir?  Will they remain hidden?

I don’t want to say anymore because spoilers and all that!  This was a spooky read and totally not what I expected.  My only gripe was it was maybe a little bit longer than it needed to be but all in all it was a good read and perfect for the upcoming colder months to settle in with.

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10 comments

  1. Heather, this sounds quite good and yes, when Stephen Kin raves about a book, I'm in! Glad you enjoyed this one.

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    1. Yep I thought if he likes it then it’s definitely worth a read!

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  2. All three of those blurbs on the cover would make me pick this up. Thanks for reviewing!

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  3. Sounds good to me. I have read a couple of books over the years about those dams.

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  4. Sounds delightfully creepy! :D

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