It started out good and I really like the story-within-a-story element, but the ending was so abrupt and disappointing.
(view spoiler)[ It's like in theIt started out good and I really like the story-within-a-story element, but the ending was so abrupt and disappointing.
(view spoiler)[ It's like in the old Scooby-Doo cartoons where they finally unmask the villain and realize that it was just a normal person all along. There goes the feeling of horror and anticipation. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I really liked this one. H.P. Lovecraft takes his time to set the scene and he does it with such detail that it becomes very real to the reader. It'sI really liked this one. H.P. Lovecraft takes his time to set the scene and he does it with such detail that it becomes very real to the reader. It's not a good book if you're in a hurry or looking for a lot of action. You have to take your time with it.
His writing reminds me a lot of classic movies, which rely on shadows and increasing the tension slowly...until you just want to pull your hair out because you know that this discovery is going to be very bad and maybe you don't really want to talk to that old lady in the swivel chair. ...more
This is my second book by Karin Slaughter. Even if I hadn't read Kisscut, I would have known that anything written by anyone named Slaughter was goingThis is my second book by Karin Slaughter. Even if I hadn't read Kisscut, I would have known that anything written by anyone named Slaughter was going to be a tough read. That's okay...I like them tough. And it was definitely tough. It was full of characters who would have been poster boys for the KKK. They were bigoted, homophobic, misogynistic assholes. I couldn't wait for our two main characters, Maggie and Kate, to show them a thing or two about being real cops. I also wanted them to go off on a ball-ripping, rage-fueled rampage through the stationhouse.
I read this with my Goodreads group, so we were able to get some feedback from people who know that yes, this kind of shit really did go down. I am glad that I didn't live through the 1970's in a major city. I'm sure Atlanta is very nice now.
I loved everything about this book. The atmosphere was very real and there were times that it made me very uncomfortable because of how real everything felt. I call that very good writing. The characters were very flawed and oh so human.
On another note, I just looked at the cover and thought "there's a face in there!" I thought it was just an orange cover with some swirls for effect. Yes, I am oblivious.
I'm definitely looking forward to the next book by this author.
I received this copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ...more
I honestly do not know what to say about this book. Except that it was so twisted. I don't even know how to rate it. Some parts were wonderfully writtI honestly do not know what to say about this book. Except that it was so twisted. I don't even know how to rate it. Some parts were wonderfully written, and Tom Franklin sure knows how to write interesting characters. This is my second book by Tom Franklin, after Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. I was not expecting this. It was gruesome, like something out of a Quentin Tarantino movie. Including the random fountains of blood and body parts flying everywhere. And the things these people do with glass eyeballs and gigantic facial moles...has no one heard of hygiene? Or decency? Or just not being disgusting?
Even after all that, I kept reading because Smonk and Evangeline were the type of characters that you just have to keep reading about. Even if you don't particularly like them. But that's ok because there was no one in this book who was likeable. Not even the children. I liked the humor and obvious *nudge, nudge, wink, wink* that Tom Franklin wrote with. Which reminded me again of Quentin Tarantino. It was absurd and everyone, everyone had a fixation on penises.
There were penises everywhere. Not all of them were attached.
This isn't a book many people will like, unless they don't mind gruesome and twisted. I thought it was hilarious. Just, please, don't let your mother skim through it! (Sorry mom) ...more
Dear Miss Halle, I realize that, for many people, the heart is the best part of the meal. Are you a connoisseur? I am convinced this is the reason you Dear Miss Halle, I realize that, for many people, the heart is the best part of the meal. Are you a connoisseur? I am convinced this is the reason you continually rip our hearts out and eat. Yes, I think a heart that is pumped full of terror and anguish for seven books must make for a fine meal. If that's not the reason for abusing the emotions of your readership, I don't know what it could be. Do you just not like us? Is that it?
Yes, I loved the fact that it was Dex's POV in this book, thanks for that. But it only made the anguish all the more real. Who couldn't love Dex and feel his every moment of pain? And when Max and Mambo Number Five told Dex...what they told him...I thought 'well, this is it. There goes everything I love'.
Thanks for not doing that, by the way. I would have needed an entire crate of chocolates and a year to get over it. My husband also thanks you.
I don't know how you made Max (view spoiler)[an actual honest-to-goodness likeable character (hide spoiler)], but it just goes to prove what a genius you are.
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I have always been the type of person that gets so into reading that the books affect my emotions. But it has been such a long time since I've been suI have always been the type of person that gets so into reading that the books affect my emotions. But it has been such a long time since I've been such an anxious/depressed mess because of a book. I'm exhausted. I feel like I can't function because of the giant emotional roller coaster I just got off of. I never expected Dex and Perry to be anything other than an unbreakable team, even though they both hurt the other in ways that can never be undone. But when Perry went through some pretty terrible shit and Dex wasn't there to pick her up, I knew things were only going to get worse. (view spoiler)[ When she had a miscarriage and suddenly began to do crazy things like she was possessed, and then when she actually slept with Maximus, of all people...Damn. Just...damn. (hide spoiler)]
At least Ada was a pillar of support for Perry, because I don't think she would have made it, otherwise. Go Ada! Perry's parents have to be the worst parents ever. Even worse than they had been in the other four books. I really didn't think I could hate them any more, but I searched deep and found a small reserve of hate just for them. And don't even get me started on Maximus. What a jerk. After everything, you would think he would be capable of doing the right thing and helping Perry out.
And then, suddenly, there's Dex, and everything is going to be ok because he's Dex. Even though he can be a jerk and he hurts Perry when he gets too scared of being vulnerable, he will do anything for her. Even die.
I felt like I was going to die during most of this book. There were times I wished I had the strength to stop reading. It was heartbreaking. It was terrifying. It was absolutely perfect.
Just...wow. The plot took a back shelf in this one and it was mostly all about Dex and Perry. I haven't read something with this much angst in a longJust...wow. The plot took a back shelf in this one and it was mostly all about Dex and Perry. I haven't read something with this much angst in a long time. It was very intense. The ending had me wishing I could start the next book right away, even though it was 2:30 am, just because I wanted all the drama to be over and everything to be ok again. ...more
I didn't have high hopes for this one when I was about to start it. I'm not really sure why. I've just had bad luck with books lately and thought thisI didn't have high hopes for this one when I was about to start it. I'm not really sure why. I've just had bad luck with books lately and thought this one would be the same. Holy shit, was I wrong. First of all, Perry is a pretty cool character. She isn't the stereotypical skinny bombshell that happens to wade into paranormal investigating with grace and fearlessness. Perry used to be called 'the Chunkster' in school, and even though she has lost weight, she is still insecure and awkward. Dex is freaky at times, bordering on psycho. He is dark and mysterious, and his moods change every minute. Dex is constantly described as having an Errol Flynn mustache. For those who don't know what that would look like, this is Errol Flynn:
I can't figure out if Dex is interested in Perry or not. Sometimes he seems to care for her in nothing more than a professional way, but at other times he stares at her in a way that makes me think there is something more to it. Like he wants to eat her alive. Even though he is the psycho mysterious one, he is always looking at Perry as if she is some big mystery. Play it cool, Perry. Play it cool.
The relationship between Dax and Perry is HOT! And the reason I think it is so hot is precisely because (view spoiler)[nothing really happens between them. (hide spoiler)] Hello, tension.
If you read this for any reason, read it for Dex and Perry. As for the plot itself...what can I say? There was a lot of spine tingling and a lot of straight-out terror. Crazy Clown Lady was the worst, especially (view spoiler)[ the scene in the airport restroom (hide spoiler)]. Yikes.
Yesterday, upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there He wasn’t there again today I wish, I wish he’d go away...
I don't think I've ever read anything tYesterday, upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there He wasn’t there again today I wish, I wish he’d go away...
I don't think I've ever read anything this scary before! This book was a wonderful mix of mystery and spine-tingling terror, with a bit of romance thrown in. In the beginning, I thought I wouldn't like Jess because she was a little tstl and completely disregarded Allison's warnings about the house and the ghosts. I did come to like her eventually, though. I liked all of the characters, who each had their flaws that made them seem much more human. I especially liked Allison, even though there were moments when everyone wanted to strangle her. The description of the house and the ghosts was very well done without taking away from the story by bogging you down in description. It was absolutely terrifying. I think I'm going to cover my mirrors for the next week. ...more