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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Maybe. It was well written and definitely held my attention but the ending was unsatisfying and implausible. The narration was good and the characters felt real. The suspense and pervasive atmosphere of doom was riveting. The tension builds and builds and then... just falls off a cliff. And not a dramatic high cliff. Just poof. Done. Still, I enjoyed the chilling account of a small resort town going mad and will definitely look for other work from S. D. Perry.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Very disappointed in this one. For a story that is predominately talk and thoughts, there is very little character development. There is little suspense and absolutely no "horror" to this story. Sadly, it's not even interesting from a psychological viewpoint, although it is desperately trying to be that.
The premise is basically what happens to a small town when all inhibitions have gone. Lots of talk about sex, obsessions, and murder but very little actual action. We are led to believe from the title that there is a sinister force behind it all but "the summer man" is absent from 99% of the story. Teenage and middle age angst abounds.
Mediocre story with mediocre narration. Save your credit for something else.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
it is rare that I give a one star rating but I had to put this book down before I finished it. I was really excited about reading this book but I was really disappointed at how slow it was and I couldn't concentrate on the story. it is such a shame as this book sounded so interesting
We begin with Amanda sure she's seeing a premonition of a classmate's death. After she is proved right, the rest of the town starts to fall apart. Violence is on the rise, peoples' worst character traits come to the fore; and there is a really freaky chase through a house of mirrors that will scare you if you listen to it alone!