REVIEWS FOR KAI:
“Two young women- a Japanese schoolgirl in Hiroshima and a Korean orphan in the US- seemingly living parallel lives are drawn together in a Japanese horror story of interconnections and dark imaginings. Through the fevered imaginations of its protagonists Vasconi takes us on an ever-changing journey across oceans and continents and through a maze of sexual tensions, horrific miscarriages, and malevolent thoughts, against the ever-present backdrop of the Atomic Bomb and its searing disfigurements. Yet through the clouds of nuclear dystopia come rays of transformative light in a compelling finale that grips the imagination and leaves one looking back at the interconnections
at the heart of this gripping tale.”
-Ian Reader, Author of Religious Violence in Contemporary Japan: The Case of Aum Shinrikyo
“This book is quite an eloquent, yet biting read: the slow, creeping, eventually brutal feel of the piece is truly terrifying at times. It’s got a lot of nuance and subtle pacing that makes Asian-inspired horror fiction great, all the while drawing from American Gothic to make a really eclectic, varied feel – and all the more disturbing for it. To be blunt, it’s weird as hell, in the best of ways.” -Self-Publishing Review, 5 Stars
“KAI combines horror, drama, mystery, and philosophy in an engaging, gory and violent character study of two young girls.” –IndieReader.
“KAI by Derek Vasconi is a superb psychological thriller with a unique premise and story that doesn’t disappoint.” –Judge, 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards