Publisher: Quirk Books / Recorded Books, Inc.
Release Date: October 08, 2019
Genre: Adult Fiction / Horror / Supernatural Thriller
Inspired by a true story, this supernatural thriller for fans of horror and true crime follows a tale as it evolves every twenty years—with terrifying results.
Ella Louise has lived in the woods surrounding Pilot’s Creek, Virginia, for nearly a decade. Publicly, she and her daughter Jessica are shunned by their upper-crust family and the Pilot’s Creek residents. Privately, desperate townspeople visit her apothecary for a cure to what ails them—until Ella Louise is blamed for the death of a prominent customer. Accused of witchcraft, both mother and daughter are burned at the stake in the middle of the night. Ella Louise’s burial site is never found, but the little girl has the most famous grave in the South: a steel-reinforced coffin surrounded by a fence of interconnected white crosses.
Their story will take the shape of an urban legend as it’s told around a campfire by a man forever marked by his boyhood encounters with Jessica. Decades later, a boy at that campfire will cast Amber Pendleton as Jessica in a ’70s horror movie inspired by the Witch Girl of Pilot’s Creek. Amber’s experiences on that set and its meta-remake in the ’90s will ripple through pop culture, ruining her life and career after she becomes the target of a witch hunt. Amber’s best chance to break the cycle of horror comes when a true-crime investigator tracks her down to interview her for his popular podcast. But will this final act of storytelling redeem her—or will it bring the story full circle, ready to be told once again? And again. And again…
The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman is an odd duck to try to describe. I thought it got off to an amazing and creepy start, and there are some really great parts, but there was still just something off for me that left me not loving it. I thought it could be a bit repetitive at times, and the style in which it is written definitely took some getting used to, but it seemed to fit the overall vibe of the book. I loved the storyline and the idea of the plot, but the execution was not quite there for me. However, I did like the themes Chapman was trying to get across, and it definitely kept me interested. I listened to the audiobook which was very well done. There is a whole cast of narrators who are Corey Allen, Morgan Hallett, Suzy Jackson & Clay McLeod Chapman (yes, he’s in there too), and the way it was recorded reminded me a bit of The Blair Witch Project.
I also really liked the paranormal aspect of The Remaking, and even though it is marketed as horror, it was a milder dose of horror in my opinion. That being said, there are definitely parts that got me more than others, and I REALLY don’t recommend trying to eat while you are reading or listening to this one, I tried and ended up losing my appetite. I was also a big fan of the way it is divided up into different parts, and I kept going because I had no idea where it was going to go. You don’t really get a chance to connect to any of the characters, but that wasn’t much of an issue for me overall. I think The Remaking is something you need to experience and it’s not something I can describe, so if it sounds good to you, I would definitely give it a shot.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.