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I won't spoil anything, but the book looks really promising at first. As things go on, the plot becomes rather hokey, and the charm was lost.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
This was such a cool concept that I ignored the negative reviews and gave it a shot. Unfortunately, the execution was really not good. This was poorly written--lots of passive voice, overuse of the pluperfect (think lots of sentences like this: 'The last time he had seen his wife, she had told him that she had no longer liked tomatoes as much as she had said she had'), and the author has a really annoying habit of referring to his characters by their titles, instead of their names. Think, 'The young psychologist thought,' or, '...said the medical examiner.'
Also, it seemed that the characters' responses to death did not always make much sense. Either their responses were exaggerated or strangely muted. It never quite seemed proportional. I don't want to give anything away, but one character has almost no reaction to one of their parents dying. Also, the setting is really vague. I may just be dense, but I didn't get that this was Canada until hour nine. I don't know if it was mentioned before and I just missed it, but this weird small town could be any weird small town. And then, after all that, the ending is abrupt and, at least to me, doesn't make much sense.
The weak writing isn't helped by the fact that David Marantz reads the whole thing in the slightly smug drawl of a True Crime TV show narrator. Also, for the people like me who find this kind of thing upsetting, there are a lot of gruesome animal deaths. Some of it is gratuitous. There is a lot of gratuitous gore in general, so just be forewarned.
All in all, I would advise you to skip this one, but at the very least, take a listen to the sample and decide for yourself if you want to listen to 12+ hours of that narration for a story that, in the end, just doesn't really hold up well.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I bought this book thinking it was a horror story - NOT - I suppose it was meant to be a horror but I found it just silly. Three boys find a creature in a cave when they were young and used to play with it. Then the story goes to when they are older and the creature is not playful anymore. It rips people apart and consumes their souls and calls itself a god. Some of the adults belong to a type of masonic lodge and are able to do a little magic, they want to find the 'God', capture it and make it give them wishes.. A young girl traps the creature in her shed with a webcam of all things. A doctor puts nails through the eyes of a dead young girl so the creature won't get her soul and she ends up a ghost. Things goes go steadily downhill as the book progresses they become quite silly right up to the end.