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Posted September 8, 2013
I read one of Saul's books years ago and never forgot it. I love
I read one of Saul's books years ago and never forgot it. I loved the book, great story and great ending. This one was a big disappointment. Especially the ending which didn't really seem like a real ending. It starts off really good for half the book then becomes depressing. I would not recommend this book for anybody who likes happy endings.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 23, 2007
Posted January 20, 2006
Predictable and unimaginative
From the start of the book, any reader remotely familiar with thrillers or mystery can predict every twist and turn of this bumbling adventure into the troubled past of a small town. A typical Boston family hopes to find a brand-new start in the tiny town of Paradise Point, but from the first appearance of their new house through the car window, it is apparent that danger lurks ahead. The town shuns the strangers, a doctor makes their lives miserable, and a stain in the mother's painting studio proves deadly. Teased by schoolmates, and townsfolk until she finds solace in her over-active imagination, daughter Michelle takes comfort from the ghost of an ostracized blind girl, and murder and mayhem ensue. The blind girl's ghost, awakened from within a lovely doll, forces Michelle into a deadly nightmare that doesnt end when she wakes up... This author cannot seem to explore anything outside of the standard small-town-hunted-by-a-secret plot, with a pretty girl turned outcast, and a haunted, troubled past contending with modern strangers who carelessly believe that a new town will give them a fresh start. This book, and the other books I have read by this author all lack plot twists, good narration, imagination and attention to detail. His attempts at portraying blindness are laughable, and his efforts to spook readers are simply dismal.
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