Book Review: The Venue

Title: The Venue: A Wedding Novel

Author: T.J. Payne

Narrator: P.J. Morgan




Amy didn’t expect to be invited to Caleb’s wedding. And now, she doesn’t expect to get out alive.

Amy’s ex-boyfriend has done quite well for himself. He’s made a lot of money, he’s found true love, and now, he’s getting married at a secluded, high-end resort in the Alps. He wants to treat Amy (and all the other people he had a falling-out with over the years) to a luxurious, all-expense-paid trip to his destination wedding.

He, of course, has gotten over the break-up. He harbors no grudges. He just wants everyone to have a little fun.

Welcome to The Venue. The perfect place for the super-rich to get away from it all…and get away with anything they want.

From the author of Intercepts and In My Father’s Basement comes another gleefully violent listen.



My Review

5/5 Stars

When Amy gets an invitation for her old friend, Caleb’s, wedding. She’s not sure what to think. They had been close once but had fallen out a long time before. She considers going but when it comes to her attention that her parents have been invited as well, she’s suspicious. Her parents and ex convince her to go though. When they get there, Caleb seems strange and his fiancé, Lilith, is even stranger. Then the festivities begin, and people begin to die.

TJ Payne is quickly becoming a favorite psychological horror author of mine. After Intercepts, I was excited to check out this book. And it did not disappoint. To me, it was like a cross between the movie Would You Rather and Ready or Not.

I wasn’t sure who I wanted to root for. The characters were well-written, and the plot was engrossing. Lilith and Caleb were wonderfully eccentric characters, but at the same time, I wanted to root for Amy. She was a perfect final girl.

Plenty of blood, gore, and suspense. This was a book I had to finish in one setting.

Narration was perfect for this story.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Published by Author Kayla Krantz

Proud author responsible for Dead by Morning and The Council, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem and some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan but traveled across the country to where she currently resides in Texas.

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