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Reviled is a clever story by Roberto Scarlato.
This story revolves around James who comes across a jacket in a thrift shop .The jacket calls to him,begging to be put on. Donnie Torr was a notorious killer was killed in the late 90s before he met his end.
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Robert Scarlato is one hell of a narrator, I could listen to the dude all day long, but it seems he also has a penchant for writing as well. Turns out, I could read his stuff every chance I get. He has a real sense of pacing and drama, and knows how to set the table when it comes to plot. He is pretty inventive with the ways he makes his protagonists struggle against the plot device. Last book of his he had the MC shuffling a deck of cards one handed for 24 hours, and having to solve a murder on top of that. Here, the set up is a little more gruesome as the demonic soul of a psycho resides in the jacket that James has just purchased, and it wants him to do . . . things.
Scarlato is highly descriptive, and paints a vivid picture, but also fills his characters with a lot of raw emotion. You feel for James, but in a way you really don't want the story to end (because this is one that once you start it, you will not want to stop until you finish). The stakes are high, and in the end you really have to wonder if everything is resolved or not (not gonna give anything away). This would be a great movie for Blumhouse to make, I think it has the right tone to become a flick, and would flourish with the right direction. Maybe Scarlato will do that, since he seems to be amazing at everything else!
Breckner is given the wheel to drive the narrative, and while he is no Scarlato, he is really good. There is a lot of emotions in this story, and he conveys them well. He also has a good cadence/pace and he knows when to speed up and slow down. His application of voices is spot on, too. So he might just be a fella I'll have to keep an eye out for in the future. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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