This fast-paced novella concentrates on two characters: a boy and his father, who reveals himself as a werewolf hunter. While the father is away fromThis fast-paced novella concentrates on two characters: a boy and his father, who reveals himself as a werewolf hunter. While the father is away from home, the boy must find out himself whether the legends and stories about those evil creatures are true...
Offering a slightly different take on the genre, this book did not waste time with a detailed background story or long-winded explanations of the creatures' origin. After the reader is introduced to the characters and the current situation, the main part consists of the hunt - but not that of the werewolf, but of his hunter who is set on destroying the beasts who slaughtered his wife. But will he be able to make it back in time to save his boy?
The ending was partly predictable (with a fifty-fifty chance of the outcome) and I appreciated the author's choice. The plot was very focused and lacking any side-stories, which to others may seem too simple, but I found it highly entertaining. Sometimes less is more, and this is another great example for such a story where every sentence counts and you won't find any dead weight....more
A lot of things have already been said about this book, especially comparisons to the work of Stephen King. As a King fan, I recognized several similaA lot of things have already been said about this book, especially comparisons to the work of Stephen King. As a King fan, I recognized several similarities in composition and style, which can be considered two ways: either criticize the author for 'borrowing' or relish the use of those ingredients that make a good story. For me, I decided to do the latter, and therefore I had a hell of a good time reading 'The Troop'. The group of teenagers reminded me strongly of several titles by not only, but mainly King, where the leading characters are also young people. I like stories like that, where a certain factor of familiarity, yet at the same time unpredictable behavior and special cruelty is involved that misses that gets lots with growing age.
While the graphic description of the infection's symptoms and development were gross (not that I want to complain) the chapter with the highest factor of creepiness was the protocol of the chimpanzee experiment. As it came relatively early in the book, nothing after that could shock me anymore. Thus, it was relatively easy to concentrate on the character building, which is the strongest skill of the author.
The bully (who gets what he deserves), the nerdy guy, the strange one with secrets - though there are stereotypes, the boys of the troop are still unique in their own way, and they all felt uncannily close. While my own personal hero did not survive, I understand that he would have been a too obvious choice, therefore I was satisfied with the actual ending.
Dieses Buch habe ich spontan bei einem Basar ergattert. Ich kannte die Autorin bereits (ja genau, von Chocolat), hatte aber speziell von diesem TitelDieses Buch habe ich spontan bei einem Basar ergattert. Ich kannte die Autorin bereits (ja genau, von Chocolat), hatte aber speziell von diesem Titel noch nichts gehört. Ich beschloss, mich überraschen zu lassen und habe es nicht bereut.
Die Geschichte beschreibt die Ereignisse eines Sommers in einem französischen Dorf während des 2. Weltkrieges aus der Sicht von Framboise Dartigen. Framboise ist an ihren Heimatort zurückgekehrt und eröffnet dort unerkannt eine kleine Creperie. Wieso sie ihre Identität geheim hält und aus welchen Gründen ihre Familie in jenem schicksalhaften Sommer fliehen musste, wird nach und nach in Rückblenden enthüllt. Zudem muss Framboise in der Gegenwart um ihr Geschäft bangen, als ihr Bruder Anspruch auf die ihr von der Mutter vererbten Rezepte erhebt.
Obwohl die Geschichte manchmal sperrig wirkt, hat sie mich von Anfang an in ihren Bann gezogen. Mag sein, dass dies vor allem bei den Rückblenden der Fall ist, schließlich war Framboise damals noch ein Mädchen und dementsprechend kindlich oder ungeschliffen wirken manche Beschreibungen. Beide Erzählstränge aber - in der Gegenwart und in der Vergangenheit - bleiben spannend bis zum Schluss, an dem sich alles wie bei einem Puzzle zusammenfügt. ...more
When I read the summary of the book, I had to order it rightaway and start reading. The beginning was creepy and suspenseful and I was eager to discovWhen I read the summary of the book, I had to order it rightaway and start reading. The beginning was creepy and suspenseful and I was eager to discover what lay behind that mysterious doorway - an ancient ghost? Some power or memory traces trapped in the house itself?.
However, once the protagonists crossed the threshold, the story made a turn into a seriously bloody nightmare - quite literally. While I do enjoy gory stories, I was disappointed to read how a gripping premise turned into a mindless sequence of torture scenes, more or less boring dialogues, and an almost standstill in the plot. I really cringed each time the red light and its meaning was brought up again, because the more it was mentioned the more ridiculous I found it to be.
At the end, I was disappointed by the solution, as there was absolutely no way to figure it out in some way, no small hints or anything - the author just threw in a new character. I would have loved for someone of the group to be the guilty one, though on the other hand that surely would have been too obvious.
Unfortunately, this book did not work for me....more
This is a perfect story to pass some time cuddled up in your favorite cozy reading spot with a hot cup of tea. While the outcome of the story was predThis is a perfect story to pass some time cuddled up in your favorite cozy reading spot with a hot cup of tea. While the outcome of the story was predictable, with its fair share of corny clichés, it was well-written, experienced and heart-warming....more