Mats Strandberg knows how to write horror. I bite my nails. I laugh and I cry. And I will never set foot on a cruise ship again!
Mats Strandberg is a literary cult waiting to happen: Blood Cruise is terrifying and terrifyingly real, a must-read for fans of Stephen King and John Ajvide Lindqvist
Mats Strandberg writes sharp as a fang and like the safe hand of a captain he effectively navigates his bloody action
Sweden has a new horror king
Mats Strandberg has an unbeatable skill in putting focus on Swedish everyday life and mixing it with classic horror. In Blood Cruise the Finnish ferry's sleepy everyday life became an inferno of blood
As original as it is eerie
Read it! On one level it is about fear and how we react to when our reptile brain shouts "Run!" or "Fight!". On a different level, Strandberg is a very empathetic author. Give the book to everyone who loved The Circle . Or give it to anyone who adores Stephen King
Buy it - Read it - Borrow it - Read it - Enjoy it - Read it - Share it -Read it - Read it! - Read it!! - Read it!!
The amazing thing about this novel is that the everyday events, the ordinary, are so sensitively portrayed. People should read this book: it is so good!
Strandberg leads his characters and their sentimental worlds very skilfully, with great attention to detail . . . This is really well done
Strandberg can make childhood demons come to life . . . the depiction of primitive fears and instincts are more frightening than the bloodbath the story develops into. Just like Strandberg's idol Stephen King, at his best, Strandberg builds up the tension slowly
Multi-layered, the perspectives are constantly shifting, and the reader is forced to refocus over and over'
Highly entertaining and at the same time well-written. Thriller, mystery and especially horror fans will love it
Mats Strandberg has written one of the best horror novels I have ever read. I was scared for real. And more important, I was touched for real
On my book shelf Blood Cruise is placed right next to the best by Stephen King and John Ajvide Lindqvist. It will, with 100 per cent certainty, become a horror classic
A rip-roaring, redraw horror thriller which zips along without pausing for breath . . . Grim, gripping and claustrophobic . . . Blood Cruise is a real blast of fetid air in vampire fiction, viscerally enjoyable, deftly plotted and throbbing with a real sense of mounting horror and urgency. It's a rousing, vibrant and fabulously bloodthirsty read, which reminds us why we're supposed to be scared of vampires rather than simply finding them mysteriously attractive and alluring
If you are a horror fan than I strongly suggest you check this novel out. Things start slow, but when all Hell finally breaks loose, it does so with an unrestrained glee . . . A strong contender for my horror novel of the year. Tense, emotional, and at times downright nasty. I loved it
Joyfully revelling in the visceral antics of grand horror fiction, this fine book also offers up an intricate look at the emotional lives of a wide variety of vacationers whose quick boat trip in Sweden turns into an odyssey of terror
A brilliant addition to isolation horror and a modern vampire delight, highly recommended
A thoroughly enjoyable novel . . . Gripping, tense and well-told - an excellent addition to the vampire mythos. 9/10
Interesting twist on the vampire novel
If nasty, bloody fun is what you crave in a book then Blood Cruise is one for you. The strongest characters, who are given most time to shine, do just that and there are some powerful and emotive scenes as the crew and passengers face the prospect of an unpleasant death
It's not just an excuse for random wholesale slaughter, although of course you get that too with a sense of humour, a sense of irony, a sense of satire and most importantly a real sense of horror