The Halfway House...a place shrouded in mystery...standing shunned and ignored...yet seeming to devour the souls of everyone who dies in San Pedro.
Bobby Dupree...an epileptic loner from a Memphis orphanage who is on a journey to find out if he truly is...the son of the King of Rock and Roll. When Bobby's quest becomes entwined with an old surf bum and his estranged daughter, the 8th Street Angels, and a dicey porn director, he discovers that Los Angeles holds more opportunities and dangers than he could have imagined. Discovering he's at ground zero to a seventy-year-old spiritual curse, all the chaotic events in Bobby's life begin to circle back to the inscrutable force of the Halfway House...
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2.5 stars I expected Halfway House to be a great Halloween read; it was not. The underlying premise - that a supernaturally-powered house snatches the souls of San Pedro's dead from the doors of Heaven or Hell, as appropriate - was interesting. However, Ochse stitched this premise to the tale of orphan Bobby Dupree's quest to confirm that he is Elvis Presley's illegitimate son, and the seams show. Many of Ochse's choices made no sense: Why was Bobby, who had no real connection to San Pedro, the protagonist instead of Lucy, the gang leader who had the most direct contact with the Halfway House and its curse? Why was Bobby given a gratuitous disability, epilepsy, which added nothing to the plot? Why were the subjects of pedophilia and pornography introduced, only to be dropped abruptly without advancing the story? Other key questions, such as why the Bruja turned on San Pedro, the origin of the Halfway House's wardens, and the ultimate fate of the misappropriated souls, were never answered. The ending was completely unsatisfying, again primarily because of its focus on Bobby. Ochse's writing was engaging and built sufficient interest and momentum to keep me reading, but his poor execution of the plot made this a below-average read. Ochse should discard the storyline surrounding Bobby and focus on Lucy. I received a free copy of Halfway House through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.