This was an interesting story premise. On a night with an insane uprising of peeper frogs, Simon Grey crashes his car into the "hanging oak" a massiveThis was an interesting story premise. On a night with an insane uprising of peeper frogs, Simon Grey crashes his car into the "hanging oak" a massive oak tree where according to local legend a murderer was hanged the day after committing a crime. He ends up in a coma at the local hospital.
However he is not exactly the nice and perfect boy everyone thinks he is, he has with several friends who are seniors hacked into the school's server. This allows the students involved to access tests that their teachers are going to be giving and getting good grades in order to get into prestigious colleges. When the police confiscate Simon's computer after a test is printed to the school secretary's desk printer the three friends involved in the cheating ring start to become worried that their involvement in the "project" will come to light.
Meanwhile, Simon is still in a coma, and finds himself outside of his body. His experiences take him more often to the massive oak tree where he has conversations with the shade of the hanged man. While he converses with the man who died 200 years earlier he is faced with the idea that this man might not have deserved to die.
But how can he share the idea that the local legend might be wrong? Will he survive and come out of his coma? Will he and his friends escape the notice of the police in regards to the computer hacking?...more
I wanted to love this this book, instead I found I enjoyed it but felt it could be better.
The story was interesting. Set during the roaring 20's withI wanted to love this this book, instead I found I enjoyed it but felt it could be better.
The story was interesting. Set during the roaring 20's with its speakeasies and secret societies there is a serial killer on the loose. The identifying mark of the victims are a two holes in the neck, and a copious amount of blood. We follow the police officer investigating the cases through different areas of New York, and different society levels. We also watch him meet actual vampires and with the help of one such vampire discovers the true killer, and why they are making it look like something from legend is doing the killing.
However, I did not care for the artwork in this graphic novel at all. The black and white style is done in a way that feels like it is supposed to capture a noir feeling. However, especially at the beginning I found it hard to keep characters separated. After the gorgeous colors used in Subatomic I was let down by this book....more
It took me a little bit to get into this. I usually love ghost stories, cozy mysteries, and romance which are all elements of this story. I thought thIt took me a little bit to get into this. I usually love ghost stories, cozy mysteries, and romance which are all elements of this story. I thought that even with the chaotic events at the start of the book that it still started slowly.
It ended up being a hook me into the light mystery and I found myself walking out the door 5 minutes late r than planned so that I could finish the book before class this morning. I definitely did not expect the murderer to be whom it is, this was a surprise.
I'm glad I read this. It is very different from the Otherworld books I've read also by this author. In fact, I didn't even recognize that they were written by the same author. Definitely a different style of story. I haven't made up my mind to search out the rest of this series. But if I were to stumble onto them I would not pass them up....more