The Matriarch Book Review

Posted on Feb 4 2017 - 9:21pm by Susan Bewley

Looking for a fun new thriller? See what we think of The Matriarch, the latest horror novel from SHaron Hawes, here!

How many of you love a good horror novel? While horror isn’t my preferred genre (I usually prefer fantasy or sci-fi), I do every once in awhile pick up a book to keep me on the edge of my seat. It is one of the reasons I love having the opportunity to read early or have books sent to me, since it is a fantastic way to be introduced to new authors and types of book that I may not picked up on my own. To me, the best horror books are the ones that mix reality with a bit of the supernatural, creating something that leaves you constantly wondering and thinking. Recently, I had the opportunity to read a new book that caught my interest – The Matriarch by Sharon Hawes. After reading the back of the book when it arrived, I couldn’t wait to get started!

The Matriarch: What is It?

Looking for a fun thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat? If so, we think you will love The Matriarch by Sharon Hawes. In this interesting book, Cass Murphy returns to the small town where he grows up after an earthquake in Southern California. While he thought he would only be there for two weeks, things soon go interesting and wives and daughters begin to savagely murder their husband and fathers for no apparent reason. As Cass tries to figure out what is happening, things soon lead to a fruiting tree that is more malevolent than it first appears. Can he save this small town from this dangerous, man-hating Matriarch tree or will it be destroyed?

The Matriarch: Our Thoughts

Before I go any further, I will say that this was a very interesting and creative book. I never would have imagined picking up a book about a killer tree. It actually seemed a bit farfetched when I got my ARC (advanced reader copy) of the book. As someone who loves fiction though, I decided to give the book a chance and see where it took me. As someone who is new to the author, I will say that she set up a fantastic scene, letting the reader know where this maliciousness came from and how it has a rather ancient past. While the writing style is a bit different, it is great at giving that small town, everyone-knows-one-another feel that makes what is happening even more terrifying for the reader. Overall though, I will say it was a fascinating, fast paced read that is very hard to put down once you start reading. If you love horror stories, this is definitely a book for you!

The Matriarch: Where to Purchase

Want to purchase this book for yourself or someone who loves thrillers? You can purchase The Matriarch on Amazon in paperback for $15 or on the Kindle for $5.99.


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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

9 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. alessandra February 5, 2017 at 4:29 am - Reply

    I love the books.

  2. Michelle S February 9, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply

    This is typically a genre I read a lot but the plot sounds intriguing. I agree an evil tree sounds kind of silly but I think it’s different when you read the story and become engaged.

  3. Sue E February 11, 2017 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    I truly enjoy a good book! One that takes me to new places and puts me in different situations and adventures!!
    I don’t mind seeing or reading movies or books of horror. As long as they are NOT nothing but killing & killing & blood & more blood! Most of all, they don’t have a plot!
    You have intrigued my interest, because what you have described in your review is everything I look for in a good horror story! I don’t know or heard of this author, but I don’t judge a story solely by its author.

  4. Barrie February 13, 2017 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    I love a good thriller that keeps me guessing. I’ll have to look into this book. A new author!

  5. Terri S March 5, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    This sounds like a great read!!! I love a good thriller!! Thank you for sharing the book.

  6. Terry Poage March 10, 2017 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Sounds like an awesome book. I love horror novels.

  7. lisa March 14, 2017 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    The book sounds interesting. It’s nice to see a real book with pages to turn. For those who enjoy reading, there’s a great book called A Prayer for Owen Meany. by John Irving. It’s, in my opinion, a great story.

  8. Amber Ludwig March 16, 2017 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Oooh this sounds like an AWESOME read!! Right up my alley!! I cannot wait to check it out!!

  9. Lynne B March 17, 2017 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    I used to love horror novels. This one sounds like it would be a good read!

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