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The Drive Home
The Drive Home: A Tale of Bromance and Horror from author Sean Kelly is the latest novel to finally be checked off my to be read list. This is one I’ve owned and given away multiple copies before I had a chance to actually sit down and read it myself. Needless to say, I’m excited to have finally read it!
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About The Drive Home
For the first time since he was fourteen, Benjamin Keller is unemployed, relatively happy and ready to pursue his new path as a writer. Ben embarks on an impromptu road trip to Washington to visit his ill father, ready to take advantage of the opportunity and write about his experiences along the way.
Ben’s impulsive—and quite often irritating—best friend, Taylor, quickly invites himself along, hoping for all the traditional road trip mischief to ensue. Unbeknownst to the traveling companions, a grisly trail of bodies begins to pile up, following them through the Pacific Northwest from Grants Pass to Spokane.
“The Drive Home is a dark and occasionally humorous tale fraught with love and lust, violence and heartbreak, foul language and family, following two best friends and an unfortunate series of events that will shake them to their very foundation.” ~Sean Kelly, Author
Thoughts on The Drive Home
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect out of The Drive Home, maybe a murder at a frat house? The fraternity brothers trying to cover it up? That was the automatic stereotype that came to mind when I read the title.
Horror and bromance? Those don’t exactly go together, and I didn’t get horror out of the first few chapters either. So it felt like I was just waiting.
But once the horror portion begins happening, it happens! Then keeps on happening throughout every page. It is like one bloody page leaked through the rest, and it just got better and better with each page. Every single time I thought I had things figured out, I was wrong.
The Drive Home follows Ben and Taylor, two best friends on a journey through a Pacific Northwest road trip. Given my own Pacific Northwest roots, this story already resonated with me, and made me want to read it.
I really enjoyed taking the trip along with Ben and Taylor as they made their way around several towns I’m very familiar with.
But murder is an evil that keeps on following Ben and Taylor as they make their way around the Pacific Northwest. How many people have to die along the way?
The Drive Home had some of the same qualities that The Shining, Secret Window, and Fight Club did, with Sean’s own twists and turns added in. If you enjoyed any of those, you will surely enjoy The Drive Home as well.
Final Thoughts on The Drive Home
It took a little bit to get into The Drive Home, but once I did, I couldn’t stop reading it. What I thought was going to be a painfully stereotypical and obvious plot turned out far better.
This was the first novel I’ve read from author Sean Kelly, however it will not be the last. I am looking forward to him publishing more writing so I can keep reading.
Everyone always says not to judge a book by the cover. I would also add not to judge a book by the title either. The Drive Home: A Tale of Bromance and Horror is so much better than that title leads you to believe, and I am glad I had the opportunity to read the first novel from author Sean Kelly.
Have you read The Drive Home or any other writing from up and coming author Sean Kelly? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
About the Author
Sean Kelly was born in Oregon and has lived in all three states hugging the West Coast of the United States. He has called the Pacific Northwest home for many years and has roots in both Washington and Oregon.
After years of schooling and long hours at a day job, Sean found himself with a completed novel and was ready to publish. Sean and his long-time friend and co-worker quickly indulged their addiction to writing and began forming a Pacific Northwest Publishing Community with hopes of bringing together like-minded individuals looking to create something extraordinary.
Emerald Inkwell launched its first novel in 2016 with its co-founder, Sean Kelly’s, The Drive Home: A Tale of Bromance and Horror.
Sean enjoys a refreshing ice-cold beer, filling his free time with an abundance of storytelling, and collaborating with other creative individuals. He hopes that one day he’ll be a part of an extensive community of Pacific Northwest creatives sponsored by Emerald Inkwell.
He finds himself Inspired by an infinite future of possibilities and has dedicated the rest of his life to telling great stories and the continued pursuit of perfecting his craft.
Purchasing The Drive Home
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