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  • Posted January 30, 2013

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    While this book was very long; almost 600 pages, the three story

    While this book was very long; almost 600 pages, the three storylines that are embedded in the book make it that much more interesting. Through the novel, readers follow three different groups of characters as they try to survive the earthquake. As with all of Laymon's books, there are very gory parts, as well as sadistic parts. But, if your a fan of the author you will enjoy this one!

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

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    As usual - great writer! Kept me reading from the first page thru the last. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2003

    Different Style, but the same Excitement

    There are 3 storyline here--all involving one family. #1 The mother(attractive with a great physique) is trapped in her bathtub during an earthquake, and must be helped by the neighbor next door who has wanted her from day one. #2 The father is caught at work and must try to get home without the use of his car. He meets a girl his daughters age wandering and a snobby woman whom he decides to drive home. What a journey. 3. The daughter is driving with classmates during drivers ed, and the instuctor freaks out during the earthquake. They are stuck on the opposite side of town and must try to get home. Meanwhile every is acting like fools and worse during the quake.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2003

    My First Laymon Book

    I found this book repulsively intriguing. It grabbed me from page one and wouldn't let go. Laymon wasn't very inventive when it came to his characters fighting; you almost knew how the battle would begin and end, but the story is, nonetheless, interesting and you find yourself cheering some of these characters along their path. Not recommended for children, or those who have a weak stomach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2003

    Suspenseful novel by the great Richard Laymon set during and after an earthquake in Los Angeles

    Chaos created by an LA earthquake provides a man with the perfect opportunity to murder his overbearing mother and kidnap his beautiful neighbor. The neighbor was trapped in her house by fallen debris and the obsessed man was nearby to "save" her. Her daughter is taking a driving lesson in a distant part of LA and her husband is accross town at his office when the quake hits. Both struggle to get home to check on the other family members. This is an intense, suspenseful, and gory novel by the great Richard Laymon who wrote more than 30 horror novels before his death in February of 2001 at age 54. ISLAND and NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER are also highly recommended.

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