Book Review | The Loop by Jeremy Robert Johnson

Title: The Loop

Author: Jeremy Robert Johnson 

Publisher: Titan Books

Release Date: 6th April 2021

Source: NetGalley

Stranger Things meets The X-Files in this heart-racing conspiracy thriller as a lonely young woman teams up with a group of fellow outcasts to survive the night in a town overcome by a science experiment gone wrong.

Something sinister lurks beneath the sleepy tourist town of Turner Falls nestled in the hills of central Oregon. A growing spate of mysterious disappearances and frenzied outbursts threaten the town’s idyllic reputation until an inexplicable epidemic of violence spills out over the unsuspecting city.

When the teenage children of several executives from the local biotech firm become ill and hyper-aggressive, the strange signal they can hear starts to spread from person to person, sending anyone who hears it into a murderous rage. Lucy and her outcast friends must fight to survive the night and get the hell out of town, before the loop gets them too.
So this is billed as Stranger Things meets the X-Files, does it live up to that billing you may wonder, yes I can say it pretty much does.  

Now before I get started this book contains racism, graphic murder, murder of teens, lots of recreational drug use and more murder.  It’s not a cosy read.

Set in Oregon, the story falls Lucy, a teenager from Peru who has been adopted by a couple from the town of Turner Falls.  She is made to feel an outcast due to the colour of her skin, racism is an everyday occurrence, but she finds solace with her friend Bucket, another outsider, his family hail from India.  They are definitely not popular kids, and they don’t really care, they have each other.

Strange things have been happening in town, a mother and son are found dead, a teacher is gruesomely attacked by a student who then attacks another student.  These are thought to be isolated events until the night it turns out that they are definitely not.

A party in a cave in not usually the hangout of Lucy and Bucket but along with their stoner pal Brewer they decide to join the cool kids to enjoy some underage drinking, what they find seems reasonably tame to begin with but sounds turns bloody as the teens start to change in to bloodthirsty murderers.  The cause, they seem to be receiving information from an external source, one that is turning them in to killers.  Lucy and Bucket escape but the other students bring their murderous rampage from the cave to the streets of the town, they seek fresh meat to play with.  Can Lucy and Bucket survive?

This was a very violent book which may bother some readers but it does propel the reader through the horror and urgency of this one evening where everything goes horribly wrong.   It was a gripping read as you feel the fear and horror as the kids are hunted down,  you really do feel for the characters as everything they know falls away from them.

Thank you to NetGalley and Titan Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. 


  1. This would make for a kick ass tv series!

  2. Okay.... I like the synopsis, but will probably not read it! My husband loves Stranger Things, but I could only stomach up to the first episode of Season 3. Then I was done.

    Love your honest review though!

    Life's a bit hectic on my side too my friend, we just do the best we can!

    Elza Reads

    1. It got a bit bloody didn’t it. You wouldn’t get too far in to this!

      You are right, we just do what we can, there are only so many hours in the day!

  3. I may not read it now, but I'm adding it on my list for later. It's funny, I'm currently rewatching X-files :)

    1. I really fancied rewatching that, it used to creep me out so much when I was younger, I must give it a try!

  4. I just started reading this one yesterday! I haven't gotten very far into yet, but I'm liking it so far. And you're right, it's not a cosy read.


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