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Crude Sunlight by Phil Tucker
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Apr 21, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: ghosts-and-spirits

This was Tucker's first novel. However I have to say he builds the anxiety and tension in this eerie tale as well or better than many veteran writers. It is a bit slow in the first chapters, but trust me, read on. This tale is a shiver your toenails, don't read it late at night, chill fest. I despise reviews that tell too much of the story because I want to read without someone else's thoughts intruding. To avoid spoilers, I'll just say that our narrator Thomas is looking for his brother Henry who has disappeared. Thomas discovers that Henry had been doing a little urban exploring in and under abandoned buildings. When Thomas attempts to follow Henry, he discovers a world of scummy, nasty evil and pain under the old State Hospital. Tucker winds you up with his deft creation of scary backgrounds and wicked people. I love books that give you that frisson of terror. If you don't want to be scared, find something else to read, cause this one has some BAD THINGS behind the cellar doors.

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