Book Review: Endurance (Afraid) by Jack Kilborn

Posted December 30, 2016 by @Angelized_1st in 2016 Horror Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 1 Comment

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: Endurance (Afraid) by Jack KilbornEndurance by Jack Kilborn
Series: Afraid #3
Published by J. Kilborn on 2010
Genres: Fiction, Horror
Pages: 328
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & Noble


The bed and breakfast was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location. Especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor.


When the event hotel for the national Iron Woman triathlon accidentally overbooked, competitor Maria was forced to stay at the Rushmore. But after checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn't alone. First her suitcase wasn't where she put it. Then her cell phone was moved. Finally, she heard an odd creaking under the bed. Confusion quickly turned to fear, and fear to hysteria when she discovered the front door was barred and the windows were bricked over. There was no way out.


One year later, four new female athletes have become guests of the Inn. Will they escape the horrors within its walls? Or will they join the many others who have died there, in ways too terrible to imagine? ENDURANCE by Jack Kilborn Are you brave enough to finish? A Word of Warning: Originally scheduled to be released in paperback in 2010, the publisher read the final version of the manuscript and refused to release it. This is a disturbing, terrifying book. You may think you're brave enough to handle it. But you're probably not...

Endurance is the 3rd book in Jack Kilborn’s Afraid series of books, and I’m glad I read another book in between it and Trapped. While it’s not as gross as Trapped, it comes a very close second. In this novel, people happen upon the Rushmore Inn, a bed and breakfast hidden in the West Virginian hills. However, once they check in, they never check out. Part Vacancy, partly an episode of The X-Files, this book is full of kick-ass heroines, dashing gentlemen lovers, and a crazy hillbilly family.

What I liked most about this book were how the heroes were written. Both males and females seemed like complex characters, and were very well-developed. However, it was the villains that left a lot to be desired. The hillbilly family terrorizing the guests of the Rushmore are very stereotypical rednecks. So stereotypical in fact, that they were kind of laughable. The only reason I didn’t laugh was due to the graphic depiction of violence this family perpetrated.

Since the story was reminiscent of other horror films, television, and books I didn’t find the story to be that original, but it was still very entertaining. The one thing that kind of ruined it for me was one of the many twists Kilborn likes to throw in his novel. While I usually enjoy them, this time around it was a bit too much for me considering everything else that happened in the book. The highlight of the novel for me was waiting to see which characters would survive and make an appearance in the 4th novel, Haunted House. This is a great, quick read for horror fans, but if incest turns your stomach, you may want to pass this one by. Not only is there incest, the book also depicts mutilation, rape, murder, and vicious animal attacks.

About Jack Kilborn

Jack Kilborn is a pseudonym for bestselling author JA Konrath, creator of the Lt. Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels series.

When Joe writes a dark thriller or a horror novel, he publishes it under the pen name “Jack Kilborn” in order to differentiate it from his other books. Kilborn tends to be less humorous and more violent, with a higher scare-factor.

Jack and Joe have also collaborated on many books, to make it even more confusing for fans. They both apologize for this.


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