This was just weird - old saints and girls committing suicide which we all knew was murder. The how it was done was veryHERE WE GO: JOHN SAUL #2. ...
This was just weird - old saints and girls committing suicide which we all knew was murder. The how it was done was very convoluted - I won't go into it here due to spoilers but I think my idea was more fun. The book wasn't scary at all. It was more like a "how dunnit" vs. "whodunnit" because I knew who did it immediately. I think the reader is supposed to question the lead character's sanity but I never did. There was no suspense for me just the how. There were also some questions left unanswered like the icky orgies --- that is not really a spoiler and there is nothing super graphic either.
I saw one episode of American Horror Story: Asylum because a friend was in it. It was all I could do to watch it until she came on screen mid episode. I was 100% creeped out. Therefore, I know for a fact that mid-20th century Catholic institutions still scare me. This leads me to conclude that this book was not scary. I do wonder if John Saul gets scarier later on. I don't remember either this book or the first one. We'll see how I do with the 3rd, now to read every one else's reviews....more
It looks like everyone here is also a rereader so I will start my review now even though I am not sure if I have ever read this particular book. My guIt looks like everyone here is also a rereader so I will start my review now even though I am not sure if I have ever read this particular book. My gut is saying no.
I read a lot of John Saul books in the 80s and 90s from approximately the ages of 12 and 25. I remember the first one being Nathaniel. I found it in a used bookstore in Hollywood and I was hooked. I read many of them out of order as either library books or thriftshop finds. The last one was about something creepy going down in Seattle whose title escapes me which creeped me out enough to stop reading John Saul books. It oddly also had me wondering about how Layne Staley the now late singe or Alice in Chains was doing as that young man had just disappeared into his addictions. In short John Saul was there throughout my youth. I don't know if I read all of his books between Nathaniel and Black Lightning (thank you Google) nor do I know if I have read any of the ones released prior to Nathaniel. I just know I stopped with Black Lightning.
Fast forward 15 years and I'm in an old bookstore last summer and I see a stack of John Saul books whilst standing there smelling the great musty scent of old books, I had to have them. So I got them - on the kindle but I got them all. I'm starting them from the beginning with is one. It does not seem familiar but I have a bad feeling I already know who done it and I'm only at 14 %. I will come back and finish up my adult review later this week, Even if I am not wowed by these as I was as a child and young woman. I will enjoy every one because they will get me in touch with the child, teen and twenty something that I was.
Finished the book... it this day and age it reads like the diary of a homicidally inclined schizophrenic sociopath who happens to be a 13 year old girl. I makes me think of the 2nd Amityville movie which scared the bejesus out of me as a kid. That movie was what Donald/Ronald DeFeo saw vs what the press reported. The devil made me do it... except that that kind of devil is on our minds now. In short 35 years later, this is very dated. The fact that they refer to Sarah as schizophrenic alone shows how much thing have changed since 1977. She has extreme PTSD. People are referred to as "manic-depressive". I know its meant to be a horror/ghost story but to me its more like a trip through the head of a deranged killer. The Son of Sam and his voices from god/dog. I'm sure they were as real to Berkowitz as Beth was to Elizabeth.
I can see why I liked this at 12-15ish. As a 40 year old adult, I didn't like knowing who it was before I was shown (maybe I did read it when I was 12) ...more
The book was very funny but I don't think she "got" LA as well as she "got" Seattle and I had to knock off a star and a half just because I hated TeddThe book was very funny but I don't think she "got" LA as well as she "got" Seattle and I had to knock off a star and a half just because I hated Teddy so much. I also did not like the lack of ending. ...more
Not as good as the other 3. It reminded me of a TV show where you are waiting and waiting for two characters to get together and unfortunately they doNot as good as the other 3. It reminded me of a TV show where you are waiting and waiting for two characters to get together and unfortunately they do. The marital bickering was annoying. Seeing the Hangman aging was sad. Knowing what was going to happen in the book - the perpetrators - who dies - who is pregnant in the early stages of the book was aggravating. It wasn't a bad book. I've read bad books. It was a slightly disappointing book from an author I had grown to like. Hopefully, he'll be back in fine form for the fifth installment. ...more
I wanted to know how it ended so I kept at it and was disappointed. This book got tedious. Not up to the standards of the Nora I remember from the 90sI wanted to know how it ended so I kept at it and was disappointed. This book got tedious. Not up to the standards of the Nora I remember from the 90s. ...more
This was a lot creepier than the Nora Roberts I grew up with in the 90s. Once I got past that it was really good. Alas, the series went downhill fromThis was a lot creepier than the Nora Roberts I grew up with in the 90s. Once I got past that it was really good. Alas, the series went downhill from here and got tedious. It should have been a really, really long book (about 1.5 books worth) vs a trilogy....more