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Savage is a good word smith and he made me feel for the main character, who is a sheriff, who lost his wife six months ago. My problem was, I thought I was getting a horror. It is in the horror section and it has a creepy cover. It is a detective thriller. Awful things happen, but we are witness to none of them. Listening to the sample you would think we were, but no, unless it happens later in the book. At two and a half hours, I heard afterwards about bad things happening to sad people (who live in trailer houses, drink, take drugs, have multiple marriages and clichéd etc.) As a reader we are witness to none of these acts. We are witness to a lot of praying. I go to church and have no problem with religion in stories, but I think this whole concept kept the writer from being to explicit, which took the horror out of the story. Not that everything has to be gory, King has written plenty of scary stuff without getting gory, but Savage is not King.
None of these were major, but were slight irritations that added to me quitting early. The narrator is constantly taking in a loud breath before starting a new paragraph. It is pretty loud and once I noticed it, I found myself listening for it and not the story. Story is not scary. A grown man keeping Hershey bars in his glove compartment to give to kids, sounds a little like Chester the Molester and how does someone keep a supply of Hershey bars in their car without them melting and becoming a big mess? Unless your Amish, who names a kid Ezra? 4.6 rating from 26 people on a story that is obviously average, sounds like friends, relatives and church members skewing the numbers.
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Beyond distracting to have a narrator inhale so loudly, he would fail radio/ broadcast performance at a community college! So unprofessional and totally takes you out of the story, easily and often.
The story was decent. Certainly deserved a better narrator.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Couldn't make up my mind what category this came under. Reading the write-up it should have been a supernatural/horror thriller - NOT. It was a detective (not exactly a thriller) with the merest hint of the supernatural - that is until the end chapters when the supernatural part was brought in with another 'sort of' character which hadn't been mentioned anywhere in the book up until then and it just got plain silly. We find out why the murders happened (fine) but the rest was just stupid and should have had a better ending. If the book hadn't had a narrator like Jason Tatom who was brilliant I would have given it less stars. I think that Jeffrey Savage couldn't think of a decent way to get his characters out of trouble so he gave it a rubbish ending instead.