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Deep in the Darkness

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2008

    Take a plunge into the abyss of fright

    Imagine being stalked by something dark and evil, hungry for your tender muscles and soft skin, something that lives deep in the darkest shadows of the forest outside of your cozy new home. Something that is part beast, part man, part myth and living folklore, deadly, conniving and consciously set on making your life a little piece of hell. Such is the tale of Dr. Michael Cayle and his family who unknowingly move to Ashborough to escape the gray city life but instead they walk right into the lion's den. From the start something is off about the quiet place, the neighbors act strange, Cayle's new patients seem to have bizarre problems that leave them disfigured and the absence of pets and animals is truly alarming. Terror starts to build when Michael stops feeling welcome and starts to feel like a prisoner in his own home. He feels trapped by something lurking in the shadows, something that has glowing gold eyes watching him from the darkness. And so the battle begins, to save his sanity and his family, Michael Cayle must do some unthinkable acts and dirty his soul in the process. With each chapter being more outlandish than the last, the reader is almost scared to see what awaits on the next page. The climax of the novel seems to flow without ceasing as more chills and thrills continue to build up. The author does a great job of building up the chill factor, I felt the terror, the cold iron grip on Cayle's throat and chest, the suffocating feeling of hopelessness and isolation, the feeling that end is near and there is no way out but to surrender to the hunger that waits in the deep dark woods. The scenes in the quiet, eerie woods were marvelous, I had the pleasure to spend many hours in various forests in my native country and they can be scary even in daylight with no monsters running around. The best part of the book, other than how damn creepy it was, must have been the writing. The words melt of the pages and sink right in, reading this book almost didn't feel like reading at all, everything felt as if it was happening before my very own eyes. Of course this is horror, so things go from dandy to rotten in a matter of moments and the book flows fast, it's a real luxury to enjoy a good book and breeze though it at the same time. With so many books out there and so little time to actually read any of them I find myself being more picky and critical. After reading 'Deep in the Darkness' my cynicism for finding good writers out there melted and my list of favorite authors opened its cob webbed door, and trust me, it's hard to get into my tightly woven list of favorites. Michael Laimo writes with passion and heart, humor and wit, not overshadowing his talent for gruesome and creative ways to raise the hairs on the readers flesh. Each page was skillfully woven with words that send electricity though my system, I can't remember the last time I had such an incredible time with a book. Another great thing about his writing is how real the characters are I couldn't help but side with Michael Cayle, I could feel his humanity though the pages, his sorrows and slow crumble were achingly realistic. When things hot hairy between him and the once loving wife, I felt tormented that he was being stalked by a deadly force out in the wild and an angry wife at home, they both matched up pretty well drilling through the main character form both sides, taking him apart. Once I love a character his suffering becomes my suffering, and man, this book packs a punch, so watch out! There is something for everyone in this book and I'm really looking forward to the sequel it's set up to be a hell of a ride. - Kasia S.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2005

    Absolutely Astonishing!!!

    I started reading this book one afternoon and couldn't stop. I finished the book by the end of the day. I literally read and read and read. The only way I was going to put it down, was by finishing it. And once I did just that, as I was getting ready for bed, I found myself looking out for golden eyes glowing in my backyard. I'm dead serious. I bought this book thinking it was going to be somewhat interesting, but it was so much more that. You have to read this book!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2004

    Welcome to Ashborough, New Hampshire!

    Author Michael Laimo evokes a heartfelt empathy for his characters and draws the reader into their situations right from the very start. DEEP IN THE DARKNESS tells the tale of a doctor and his family who move from Manhattan to Ashborough, NH, a remote, rural town where secrets harbor an unusual and ugly truth from which there is little hope of escape. A wild ride, this novel is a fear-frothed trip through one man's mind as he struggles to protect his family from a deep-rooted evil. Once I started reading, I couldn't put this book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2004

    A Modern Horror Classic

    This is, quite simply, one of the best horror novels to be published in the last fifteen years. The characterizations, the setting, the incredible suspense...everything works in this one. There were times when I actually had to remind myself that I was reading fiction, so concerned was I about the plight of the main characters. A modern variation of sorts on H. P. Lovecraft's 'The Lurking Fear,' this is the sort of 'old-fashioned' horror that I think works best. There is no agenda other than to frighten the reader using atmosphere and an ever-tightening noose of suspense. By 'old-fashioned,' I certainly don't mean to imply the novel is genteel or quaint. On the contrary, it is gut-wrenching and graphic, but not gratuitously so. Mr. Laimo has a great talent for painting vivid pictures with few words. Even the minor characters are well fleshed-out. The entire book is quite cinematic. The novel also ends in a way that I think is most effective in horror fiction...not a happy, everyone's fine and the evil is destroyed-type ending, but one of dread and ambiguity that will haunt you. Don't miss this one. Great ones like this don't come along very often.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2004

    Yes, this is a classic!!

    I haven't read a book that just would not let me leave it and had a great horror story, original, scarey and just so well crafted. This guy will definitely be in line for the best horror novel of the year.

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