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Mired in an homogenous suburban hell where happiness is always one impulse purchase away, what's a housewife to do when her frozen marriage refuses to thaw, and her children's lives are falling apart before they've even had a chance to begin? A trip to a run-down, mountain home she's inherited from a mysterious relative sounds ...
Mired in an homogenous suburban hell where happiness is always one impulse purchase away, what's a housewife to do when her frozen marriage refuses to thaw, and her children's lives are falling apart before they've even had a chance to begin? A trip to a run-down, mountain home she's inherited from a mysterious relative sounds like an ideal way to break the routine, and break the news she's been dabbling in the dark side.
Then they showed up--three masked assailants on their own little adventure filled with terror, torment and torture. Of course, there's no accounting for the toll years of family dysfunction has taken on their victims. For Barbara, the brutal assault may be just the thing to bring her twisted family together. For the intruders, it could be wrong family, wrong time.
sWitch is a sophisticated, subversive romp that blends the sexy with the supernatural, knowing just when to turn up the humor and when to turn down the lights. So light a fire, lock your doors, and get ready to turn the tables on everything you've ever known about horror fiction.
sWitch follows the Ducharme family through the best and worst day of their life. The book opens with basic intel on each member of the family, and how delightfully distant they are, a unit functioning like a robot who's short circuiting so all arms and legs flail in disharmony, getting nowhere fast.
Barbara Ducharme is a prissy missy, cordial, lady, worried about appearances, and she inherits a house from her grandmother setting into motion the bulk of the plot. Barbara also has a number of secrets, her suddenly soaring sex drive, her emails and gifts of soap to a man on death row, and her addiction to wifi. She has found Satanism and finds it liberating. Oh I know so many of you are going to rear up like scared horses at that statement, but seriously it's NOT at all what you're thinking. This book is witty, it's downright funny at times, and it blows the Adam's family into the history folder and replaces them with the Ducharme's as the new 'cordial' and 'courteous' family who have found something beyond themselves.
This *something* is not what you think, Barbara may call it Satanism, but what it is, is unity in adversity. It's finding that the world is as magical as you'd like it to be, and that nothing is more powerful than your free will, and this is amplified to the nth degree when you and your kin share the same *will*, the will to survive, to protect each other, love each other, and stand united no matter what the threat.
The Almighty Alrighty skinheads march into their new home and threaten them, holding them trial and sentencing them to death in the coldest water this side of the Arctic circle, before which the soap carver escapes prison and comes calling with his masked sweetheart and Lucky, (the unluckiest SOB to ever walk this planet.)
It's a great read, it's a swift read with much action, the plot doesn't falter and it all gets more bizarre (yet strangely lucid and logical) by the minute. I have to say that Scott manages to get inside your head with this one, the rationale behind the actions of the victims (the Ducharme's) is so justified and logical that you'll side with them no matter what's going on (the alternatives are too awful to consider). The writing itself is excellent, it's lyrical and delightful, he really has a flair for the written word and placing it succinctly so that it says a lot in as few words as possible, making it almost poetic at times and giving this reader a big silly grin.
I laughed out loud, A LOT!
This is an utterly delightful and lighthearted read. It will give you a lot of smiles despite it being quite packed with action and tension. It's horror on LSD. It's the prettiest horror you'll ever read, and Norton definitely makes you wish there was a sequel. *nods*
Definitely five out five from me.