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This was an excellent scary story. It was gory, which just made it that more scary. In Kansas they don't have woods, so stories about getting lost in he woods does not scare anyone. In Kansas they do have tall grass, wheat, sunflower fields, corn, etc. It was good from start to finish, first half and second half.
I like Stephen King, I like Joe Hill and I like King and Hill together. I don't know what else to say.
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Read my reviews, I like horror stories. I am a great fan of both Steven King and his son Joe Hill. They are amazingly creative and, at their best, they build our terror as they build their tales.
At their best. This is not their best. This is not in the same zip code as their best. This is a cheap, ugly story with none of the nuance or suspense we can usually expect from both King and Hill.
I will admit that the first half of the book builds interest. Knowing these great writers, we are certain that they will redeem this introduction masterfully. And we are wrong. At some point, after wading through the grotesque muck of the last several chapters, we find ourselves asking "Is this it? Is this all they've got?" And then we take a shower.
This is the work of juvenile hacks. There is nothing here other than an apparent quest to find the most vile imagery. The plot lines are broadly derivative of other works (Children of the Corn, Blair Witch Project). The thrills do not build to a climax but are one-offs, relying for their power on the gross.
Don't waste your credit. Don't waste your cash. Don't waste your time. This is trash.
Still tempted? Well (Spoiler Alert) ... how anxious are you to spend a couple hours following a pregnant girl and her brother as they are lured into a Kansas field and become lost; as she confronts a supernaturally tainted madman who beats her into miscarriage; as her brother is similarly turned mad and feeds her the fresh corpse of her baby; and as she too is lost to madness and joins in luring others into the field? If this appeals, you deserve the experience.
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