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Come Out Tonight by Richard Laymon
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Feb 25, 2012

did not like it
Read from February 17 to 25, 2012

As a long-time fan and veteran reader of Richard Laymon's novels, I felt compelled to write this review of "Come Out Tonight" primarily as a warning to those who belong to his legion of followers. Comparing this to the 20 or so Laymon novels that I've read, this book has some of the most unbelievable and shallow characters to ever come from Laymon's vivid imagination. The plot is decent enough and certainly follows Laymon's recipe of fast-moving action combined with generous amounts of gore, sex, and violence. The plot is not the problem.

The story revolves around the stalking and eventual kidnapping of Sherry Gates by a deranged, murderous adolescent known as Toby Bones. As Sherry fights for her life against the advances of Bones, Laymon introduces a number of characters along the way that contribute in different ways to the plot. There are a sufficient number of twists to the storyline that kept me reading, but it was a struggle at times because of the sheer stupidity of the characters. (There was more than one time that I literally wanted to toss the book in the trash.) Laymon's reputation as a great storyteller usually includes great characterization. Unfortunately, that is certainly not the case in this book, in my humble opinion. At times I found myself actually rooting for Bones to knock off a couple of these stupid teenagers so that I could speed through the rest of the story and put it in the "finished" column.

If you a Laymon "completest", then you'll probably want to plod through this clunker. If you've new to Laymon's works, then avoid "Come Out Tonight" by all means. Pick up a copy of "Funland", The Traveling Vampire Show", "Island", "The Woods Are Dark" or any of the Beast House Chronicles to fully appreciate his churning plots and great stories.
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