It's the worst snowstorm Missouri has ever seen, and nine strangers, each harboring their own secrets, find themselves sharing a roof at the Dandy Drop Inn.
CHECKING IN'S EASY, …
Tommy and Heather Goodenow, the inn's only scheduled guests, are young newlyweds brought together by God himself. They plan to start their life together by carrying out the Lord's work, and God help anybody who gets in their way.
Harold Carsten, an accountant for the mob, is on the run with $700,000 stolen from his employer.
Winston Ashford is a man on a mission. His mission? Retrieve the money Carsten stole and make sure the man never does it again.
And then there's Rebecca Stanchfield and her six-year-old daughter, Kyra; they're risking their lives running from an abusive past.
… CHECKING OUT'S A BITCH.
Jim and Delores Dandy wouldn't dream of turning anybody away, especially not on the worst night in Missouri's history, because that just wouldn't be neighborly.
Before the storm is over, blood will flow.
Who will survive to see the storm finally pass? (Goodreads)
I've been a huge fan of Stuart's work for quite a while now. All of his novels are really well written, have amazing characters, and are bound to keep you reading well into the night. Dread and Breakfast is an intricately plotted novel with a host of interesting (and a little crazy) characters who all end up at the bed and breakfast during a storm. As the events of the night unfold, I definitely wasn't turning the lights out, nor putting the book down until I knew for sure what was going to happen. I loved it! Everyone has a backstory here, and most are ones you'll never expect. And some left my skin crawling, haha! Stuart isn't one one to shy away from a little (or a lot) of horror, and for this reader, it's awesome. Plus, in true form, there are some great witty lines--so I was often laughing while totally being creeped out :) I highly recommend this one, and all of Stuart's books!