Stuck in a reading rut? Try Soul Trapper. It's definitely an escape type of book and pulled me out of my bizarre reading funk. It reads like an episodStuck in a reading rut? Try Soul Trapper. It's definitely an escape type of book and pulled me out of my bizarre reading funk. It reads like an episode of Ghostfacers. (I'm referring to the group of paranormal investigators featured on a few episodes of Supernatural.) Too obscure of a description? How about Paranormal State or Ghost Hunters? Anyhow, picture if you will, an episode of one of the aforementioned TV series morphing into a stand-alone novel. And there you have it - Soul Trapper.
Upon finishing Glimmer, I was bereft of any sort of satisfaction. In fact, I feel cheated. Let me explain why.
Glimmer, you hooked me, had me investedUpon finishing Glimmer, I was bereft of any sort of satisfaction. In fact, I feel cheated. Let me explain why.
Glimmer, you hooked me, had me invested, the mystery you wove spurred me on to hungrily flip each of your pages, all the while anticipating the big reveal. Why are people falling down into catatonic states called heatnaps? Memories being erased? A Pleasantville atmosphere populated by Stepford Wives? And lo and behold, when the big reveal finally came to pass it was very remisncent of the demon Gachnar in BTVS. On one Halloween, Gachnar created mayhem and devilish deeds in its itty-bitty, wittle, pint-size wake. Then when the "Dark Lord of Nightmares", "the Bringer of Terror" was released from the appropriately named Mark of Gachnar, after much laughter by the Scooby Gang, Buffy squashed his few-inches-in-height frame with the heels of her Little Red Riding Hood shoes. For he was much ado about nothing. Point being, the ending is what did me in. The ending? What the what was that? A Velveeta-y cheesefest and then some is what it was. Lots of build up for a Gachnar-sized denouement.
Also, The Gachnar, the big bad in Glimmer, I guessed this person fairly quickly. Some things just didn't add up. But hey, the kids were still amnesiacs. So, natch, I cut them some much needed slack. But towards the end of the story and the brain trust comprised of Elyse and Marshall still hadn't ferreted out the identity of said person, wow. Just wow.
So all in all, aside from the letdown ending, the book definitely intrigued me. And for the most part, the entertainment value was there. It's always fun to puzzle out what's going on along with the MCs.
Also, to be fair and honest, I'm a sucker for explosive endings, like right out of a summer blockbuster movie. Which explains my lack of gratification with this novel's ending. Also, another reason for the 3 stars, I failed to connect with Elyse. She annoyed me for the majority of the time, but then I felt a pang of guilt when her back story came to light. Still, even with that truth revealed, I failed to feel her. Can't say the same for Marshall. I wish every chapter was told from his POV, not alternating with Elyse.
So would I recommend this novel? Yeah, it's different, mysterious. And a standalone, for those sick of series. ...more
Earlier this year that I stumbled upon a novel entitled Acceleration. Instantly I fell in love with it, the writing style, how the author doesn't pullEarlier this year that I stumbled upon a novel entitled Acceleration. Instantly I fell in love with it, the writing style, how the author doesn't pull any punches or waste readers' time with excruciatingly boring, supposed build-up to what turns out to be a scant plot. When I began reading Beyond: A Ghost Story, the writing style was reminiscent, very reminiscent, of Acceleration. Well, there's a good reason for that. They're both written by McNamee.
I'm a huge roller coaster fanatic. Two of my favorites, The Hulk and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, literally blast off mere seconds after boarding them, sending thrill-seekers from 0-60, in a snap. So fast the acceleration, breath is stolen and your very heart is jolted, skips a beat or two, flutters before finally regulating. It's an amazing rush. Can’t get enough of it. Back on point, the whiplash-y acceleration is a perfect way to describe McNamee's writing style. And unlike a roller coaster that takes its sweet time dramatically crawling up a rickety steep incline, taking forever to reach its summit - any day now roller coaster, can we just get to the plummet already? - McNamee is more like The Hulk. Slow build-up isn’t in his nature, methinks. Nope, this writer puts readers right into the crux of the tale. The action. And I have to admit that's rather refreshing, especially with many books that take, gee, well over 100 pages to get to the actual plot. Can you tell books like that annoy me as all get out?
Now onto the story itself. Was it scary? Well, not to me. But again, I’m rather warped and a veritable sicko when it comes to horror and frights and chills. Desensitized to them I am. Growing up on horror movies would do that to a kid. To me this novel is ghost story-lite. Casper-esque. Okay, maybe not so frivolous as Casper. So if you’re not a sicko like me, get scared easily, looking for a ghost story, on the lookout for a new author, sick of books that take an eternity to reach the so-called plot, craving a quick read, then Beyond: A Ghost Story is just for you. And you never know, the tale within just might cause chills to snake up your spine, make the hairs on your arms stand at attention. ...more
2.5 stars A ghost in the midst of haunting the occupants of a house narrates the opening pages of this novel, setting quite the eerie tone. Needless to2.5 stars A ghost in the midst of haunting the occupants of a house narrates the opening pages of this novel, setting quite the eerie tone. Needless to say, this reader was hooked. Ghosts, I'm all about them, all day every day. Unfortunately said ghost's perspective was scarce. And by chapter three or somewhere around there, readers are told who the Big Bad is and who the object of his obsession is as well, aka next victim. That aspect completely murdered the suspense I relish from murder mysteries.
Also, there's something called The Event that occurred some time ago. This event caused a bevy of the Caspers of the world to materialize. Some interacted with those who still have a pulse. Some didn't. Some reenacted the same actions at certain times of the day. Ghosts became a part of everyday life all due to this elusive Event. This Event was discussed ad nauseam but its genesis was not.
While that aspect frustrated me so, along with the detached feeling that came about from knowing the killer's identity and his victim and a story that ultimately fell flat for me, I have to give the author mad credit for richly painting the world of ghosts and their eerie behaviors. In a way I wish the ghost's perspective had narrated the entire tale, and this review would've wound up being a tad more positive. ...more
3.5 stars If you have been jonesing for a fast-paced, darkish whodunit urban fantasy with an MC stricken with a checkered-past, then give this book a t3.5 stars If you have been jonesing for a fast-paced, darkish whodunit urban fantasy with an MC stricken with a checkered-past, then give this book a try, or I should say series. A series I'll definitely continue on reading. Especially with the twisty-esque ending!...more