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Honestly, I was surprised at how bad this book was. The reviews
Honestly, I was surprised at how bad this book was. The reviews were good (for the most part), and the description made it sound like a very haunting, interesting read, so I had to have it! I think what got me to actually buy the book was the Publishers Weekly review on this site. Said it was an "above-average stab at Stephen King-style horror". Comparing this book, in any way, to a Stephen King novel is misleading and untrue. If you think that's what this book is like, you are going to be disappointed. Hell, if you think that this book is going to thrill or scare you, you are also mistaken.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The first couple of pages let me know that this was going to be a book I'd regret reading. The writing style is simplistic and too wordy-- Focusing on things that don't matter, and using cliché descriptions of people and the environment. It was corny and I felt embarrassed reading it, like when a really crappy, made-for-TV movie comes on and you know the actors all must hate themselves for filming such a travesty.
The main characters of the story, Michael and Jillian, are married and both have decent careers. The author tries to do flashbacks of their early days of dating and meeting each other, but again, it's corny... It's too much like a bad Lifetime movie where the character says, "Remember when we first met?" and then it immediately goes back to a scene of them ten years earlier and they are younger and wearing different fashions and hairstyles and OOPS they meet and it's wonderful and hee hee ha ha. This happens multiple times in the book, and while I am aware that it’s done to prove the tight bond between the characters, it seriously just comes off as corny and takes away from the story.
Then there are the useless things the characters do that have nothing to do with the story. Like Michael running his LEFT hand fingers through his hair. Maybe if his right hand were injured, it would make sense that the left hand be pointed out as the one he used to brush at his hair… But both of his hands were fine. Also, we don’t care what music he’s listening to in the car… or that an ad for soap or whatever plays on the radio after the specific rock song by a specific band is over. Maybe if a creepy voice or some static came through the sound system in the car, it would be significant as to what he’s listening to… But that never happens. The point is that the writer describes EVERYTHING going on in the situation whether it’s meaningful or not, and while this may seem like a good idea, it actually pulls away from any sort of atmosphere or feeling of dread/anticipation/worry/etc that the reader should be feeling. If you’re focusing on the radio so much, it should be doing something creepy or related to the story! It’s too much fluff without enough substance.
Admittedly, the “villains” of the story were interesting. It’s a mythology I’ve read before, but the fact that it was used this way was somewhat clever. In fact, the parts of the book relating to the antagonist and the backstory around it were written well. It’s just when it went back to the present-day that the writer started up the corny descriptions and not-realistic dialogue.
So there you have it. Too much fluff, not enough good, meaty parts to chew on. Characters that are not likeable mixed in with side-characters that have way too much known about them when they do absolutely nothing to move the plot along. Seriously, nothing. You could take them out and the story would remain the same. All you need are the two main characters, the little ghostly girl, and maybe like two other people. Done. Though, if the author did that, the book would be about 15 pages long. Don’t waste your time with this crap… It’s not scary, badly written, and boring. The only reason I read through the whole thing was because I paid for it as an eBook and felt as if I should at least get my money’s worth. I also was hoping that it would get better or redeem itself somehow.