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This is an unusual fascinating horror thriller
Neither Simon nor Jeremy seem to fit in at the various playgrounds they go to except one in Battery Park. There he meets Michael the leader, Charlie the fireman and Roman; they have a tight pack but welcome Simon and Jeremy. One night Simon visits Michael's loft, but wakes up in Mendleham, New Jersey. He does not remember a thing after drinking beer at Michael's place, but feels stronger and has a much more powerful sense of smell. On the day he awakens on the other side of the Hudson, a wolf mauled Tom. Michael has the pack as his alibi Michael invites his friends to his loft for steak and suds. Michael's father explains to him what will happen if he goes, but he fears his friend is too strong for him.
This is an unusual fascinating horror thriller starring a milquetoast who becomes a virile stud. Alison believes she knows what is going on, but her theory proves wrong as the sense of foreboding grows while the secrets of the pack are slowly provided to readers. Mindful of a younger Jack Nicholson's Will Randall in Wolf, Simon is easy to understand as a likable person who goes from outsider to insider when the joins the Battery Park Pack, but fears he may harm his beloved wife and son.
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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
Predictable with Bonus Sexism
posted by UinBklyn on July 5, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 24, 2011
Unsettling, odd, I don't know quite what to make of it. I devoured the book, so it obviously was entertaining. It seems to me that the book is inspired by the classic male "mid-life-crisis" where we no longer feel invincible, young, handsome, or successful. Starr does a good job of expressing those feelings in the main character and thus making the allure of the "pack" in the park seem natural and needed, rather than creepy. I found the increasing "doggy-ness" of the guys kind of funny: "hey!! I am sooo happy to see you!" Woof-woof! lol. Towards the end, the plot felt a bit rushed, with the main character making some fairly abrupt decisions that seemed more necessary for the plot than in-line with his character. Overall, I guess I liked it and will be interested in seeing what comes of this series.
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Posted June 16, 2011
Posted October 12, 2011
Simon Burns' life is just not going well at all. He exists from day to day, but he is shocked when his boss calls him into his office and fires him with no explanation. He has never been overly confident, not confrontational in the least, and his marriage is not on the best footing. Now, he is reeling emotionally from this latest blow and he finds himself a stay-at-home dad. Frustrated with life and how it is turning out, Simon spends his time taking care of his three-year-old son.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
They get into a routine but one day, breaking the normal pattern, Simon takes his son to a different park. There, Simon meets a group of 'cool' dads and begins to hang out with them. These men are confident, strong and comfortable with themselves, something Simon has never been able to be. Then, one night of food and drinks with the guys changes his life forever!
His former boss is found murdered and Simon has a strange sense that he had something to do with it. He begins to notice changes in himself, some for the good and some for the bad. He begins chasing clues and has to figure out exactly what is happening to him.
A well crafted book that will keep you immersed in its pages throughout. There are plenty of plot twists and questions to keep you up well into the night.
Reviewed by Ashley Wintters for Suspense Magazine
Posted June 22, 2011
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