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Willy

Willy

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by Robert Dunbar
     
 
In an isolated school for boys with emotional problems, a disturbed adolescent struggles against a mire of superstition and oppression. Then he meets Willy, and the other boy - charismatic and strange - saves him ... or damns him. WILLY, an atmospheric novel of suspense by the author of THE PINES, THE SHORE and MARTYRS & MONSTERS, becomes both an evocation of painful

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In an isolated school for boys with emotional problems, a disturbed adolescent struggles against a mire of superstition and oppression. Then he meets Willy, and the other boy - charismatic and strange - saves him ... or damns him. WILLY, an atmospheric novel of suspense by the author of THE PINES, THE SHORE and MARTYRS & MONSTERS, becomes both an evocation of painful growth and a dark psychological thriller.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983045724
Publisher:
Uninvited Books
Publication date:
01/24/2011
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

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WILLY 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Margaret_Marr More than 1 year ago
With his newest release, Willy, author Robert Dunbar gives readers a look inside a slightly disturbed young boy’s life through his journal. Experiences can shape a person’s psyche, and if those experiences are bad, it can sometimes drive a mind to insanity. In Willy, all of the young characters are damaged in one form or another, but they appear to be somewhat okay—until you scratch beneath the surface. As you read Willy, you’ll spend a lot of time pondering what, exactly, is wrong with these boys. The mystery lies within the unclearness of it all—something gloomy blends with their normality to the point that it almost gives you the chills. The boy appears to improve, but something in the back of your mind tells you that it’s not real; it’s only temporary. The boy and Willy evoke a sense of protectiveness, and you’ll find yourself hoping that they can come out clean on the other side of psychosis. You may even question why you’re so drawn to Willy. Something is definitely not right with him, yet, like the boy, you’ll find it nearly impossible not to want to be in his presence. Could it be that we all crave a taste of darkness in our lives? Shadowy images and vague referrals about the boys may frustrate readers who prefer a clearer picture of their characters, but that would have made Willy less of a fascinating read. Trying to interpret the story’s psychological aspects is what makes this novel such a challenging and satisfying story. And the ending, though it may irritate some readers, is nothing less than clever. I don’t pretend to understand everything about Willy—much was still unclear to me when I reached the end—but I do know that it kept me in its grip and compelled me to keep turning pages. Sometimes, the best novels are those that leave you with questions—and Willy is one of those. Psychological horror has a new name—and it’s Robert Dunbar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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haolewrites More than 1 year ago
Complex, challenging, engaging and at times heartbreaking, Dunbar takes us deep into a school for troubled young men and from the moment we arrive, he never lets us go. With immense tension, likeable and frightening young men, and a never-ending sense of dread, Dunbar builds a quiet suspense that sneaks up on you and leaves you on the edge of your seat. It's a wonderfully literary take on suspense and horror, managing, at times, to evoke both the ennui of Rebel Without a Cause and the danger of Lord of the Flies. While that might seem incongruous, in Dunbar's hands it works beautifully. It's expertly crafted, intensely moody and infinitely suspenseful. If you tend to like your suspense and horror a bit on the simplistic side, with clear-cut good guys and bad, this may not be the novel for you. However, if you prefer well-crafted suspense with a literary style that is both cryptic and creepy, there is much here to appreciate in Dunbar's latest -- one that continues to haunt long after the reader puts it down.