Rattus Rattus by Mitch Sebourn

When Casey Waters and her dad, James, move to the Rocky Mountains to renovate an old house over the summer, she has more than the plague to worry about.

After her parent’s divorce, teenage Casey stayed with her professor dad. Unfortunately, due to alcohol and other poor choices, James is now an odd job man struggling to make ends meet, forcing 17 year old Casey into adult responsibility.

Offered a job that seems too good to refuse, they move from Denver to the small mining town of Leavick, high in the Rocky Mountains, to live in and renovate a house. Mystery shrouds the disappearance of the previous owner, and, as Casey starts seeing rats and other things around the house, and her father falls ill, she soon realizes that there are worse things to worry about in the mountains than the plague.

Written in the first person, mostly from Casey’s point of view, this is a leisurely paced, slow burn horror. Laying the crumbs from the start, it is satisfying to piece together the puzzle and, when the horror really kicks into gear, it doesn’t disappoint.

I enjoyed Rattus Rattus, it kept me engaged from the start, and it’s an imaginative take on the vampire legend. What lost it stars was the fact that I never believed the narrator was a 17 year old female. The author also writes a few chapters concerning the thoughts and actions of Casey’s friend, Ophelia, while still being first person pov of Casey, which I thought was odd.

For this reason, I award Rattus Rattus

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2 thoughts on “Rattus Rattus by Mitch Sebourn”

  1. How did the narrator sound? I often find that with books written in 1st person that the voice I hear is a more mature author rather than a young person, for example. I think 1st person is hard to do well, especially if it’s meant to be a very different personality to the author.

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    1. I agree that 1st person pov is difficult to write well. I’m not sure how the narrator sounded. Distant, more like third person. It’s not that the character sounded older than 17 or male, it just wasn’t like being inside someone’s head or being told a story by someone. For me, it would have worked better in third person.


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