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Having enjoyed "The Third Floor" for bringing me back to a classic haunted house ghost story in a non-cheesy way, I was eager to hear more from this author and his crazy little town.
Off the bat, the first thing I noticed was that there was a different narrator, and the change wasn't for the better. This tale is told in the first person for the most part and the narrator does a poor job of not sounding like he's just reciting a memoir. He speaks fast, doesn't inflect properly and immediately lessened my enjoyment of the tale.
That said, I kept on, as very often a good story can make up for a poor reader. The story was in-line with what I expected from Moore, but fell flat as the events appeared too disjointed and unrelated to really make sense. The characters (primarily the protagonist and his shrink friend) are fairly one-dimensional and are really only there to be our window into what is going on.
Speaking of what is going on, I still don't fully know. Like the random series of events, the answers provided in the book don't make a whole lot of sense and left me wondering if the protagonist was REALLY off his meds. I could've accepted a schizophrenic delusion as an explanation over what we got.
Overall, some good elements here, they just didn't come together to form a cohesive story in my opinion.
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