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I love John Inman's superb story telling. His romance novels are humorous and engaging. And his mystery/ suspense/horror stories are excellent at capturing the imagination with villians that are terrifying.
Some people have compared this story as being similar to King's It. And yes it does have a group of reunited childhood friends who experienced an unimaginable horror as children, and are on a mission to defeat a monster who makes Pennywise seem tame. The monster in this story is so evil, so excrutiatingly perverted that it was at times difficult to listen to.
But also oh so compelling, the combination of Mr Inmans story and Austin Rising's narration had me tuned in completely.
Woody, who returns home after many years away,and his reunion with his childhood friends was appealing, the flashbacks to their memories of that nightmare summer were poignant and so sad. Memories of Woodys' parents, and their friend Bobby's fate was just heartbreaking. A malevolent ghost who is corporeal and chillingly depraved. Inman has composed one of the scariest fictional villians I've read in a long while.
And it wouldn't be a John Inman book without a dash of sweet romance to temper the horror. I thought Woody and Jeremy were a believable couple, Two men who were strangers as adults, yet united in good and bad childhood memories. They were two lonely, and alone men who found strength in each other.
This is definitely one of my favorite listens of this year. I had previously read this book, but the audio version was very well done.
“AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”
John Inman writes suspense and horror that grips you so you can't stop listening until the end. With none of his trademark humor in this story, it is gritty and scary.
The characters are all strong and likable. Well, except for the demon, of course. And though the creature is never called a demon, that is truly what he is to me.
I feel I can't leave a review without mentioning what happens to Bobby could be a trigger for some. Don't go into this story expecting something light.
I don't think I've ever heard Austin Rising narrate before. I feel he did a great job with the narration. Between John's great descriptions and Austin's narration, it was easy to see the scenes in my mind and even hear the fire crackling.
If you like horror, don't pass this one up.