Sixteen year old, Jody Fargo, is having a 'sleep-over' at her best friends' house - when her friend Evelyn wakes her up; as she believes she's heard a noise downstairs, which sounds like breaking glass. Initially, Jody dismisses that her friend has heard anything - and tries to go back to sleep; and would have if ...more
Jody was sleeping over at her friend Evelyn’s house when Evelyn heard a crashing sound. Not being able to get it off her mind, they both decided to check the noise out. As soon as she opened the door, Evelyn was speared. Her body leapt straight up and dangled from her doorway. Jody stood frozen behind Evelyn’s limp body, hidden from the killer. She knew she needed to ...more
This one starts out with a sixteen year old girl named Jody sleeping over a friend's house. Innocent enough stuff, until a murderous group of madmen target the home for their next killing spree. Jody survives and manages to escape the h ...more
This was one of the most disturbing, terrifying horror novels I have ever read. This one is not for the faint of heart The initial chapters were particularly memorable, launching the reader immediately into the horrifying action. Given the premise, readers must go into this story expecting all the terrible things that could transpire in a home invasion situation. Trigger warnings for extreme, gruesome violence and sexual assault. This novel will not be for everyone. The writing was not ...more
Endless Night kicks off with a way-over-the-top opening full of bloody action, but soon after wades into a flabby midsection morass featuring the endless inane family melodrama of individuals who by all rights should be too traumatized to speak.
Jody's friend and her friend's family has been brutally murdered and raped (in that order) in front of her by a pack of crazed maniacs, after which a man dressed ...more
The book starts off with horror and ends with even worse horror. From the very first few pages, tension is high enough to induce a nervous breakdown in the reader.
Laymon whips up a dessert full of dark atmosphere, rich characters, ...more
I wasn't expecting THAT much from this, so I can't really say that I was disappointed.
The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about this book is gross. Laymon's writing brought everything that happened in this book to life, and sometimes I had to put the book down because I needed a break from time to time.
This book is told in two points of views, Jody and Simon. This is an interesting contrast because Jody is a seemingly squeaky clean 16 year old girl, and Simon i ...more
The violence in this book just became more than I could handle. I'm usually pretty tough, but the girl wearing the bra made from murdered baby's faces became too much.
Jody and Andy, two teens find themselves in the cross-hairs of a cult of crazies hellbent on murder most macabre. Lucky for Jody, her father is a police chief, unlucky for her, is one of the cult crazies has an unhealthy obsession with her, one which her father may not be able to shield her from.
I couldn't read this ...more
Before I get into the main focus of my issues -- but the image above is a preview -- I'd like to say almost nothing worked for me in the story. I found all the characters either creepy or strange ...more
Laymon really pulls out the stops in this book. At times, it feels like a Hollywood blockbuster and a gritty independent project combined. Every scene is easily imaginable due to Laymon's tempered pace, vivid im ...more
The good guys were pretty likeable with the exception of Andy. I just wasn't too keen on his character, and some of the situations involving him seemed r ...more
This is a sick read. Foul. I never hated any book so much since I read James Patterson's vomit-inducing Swimsuit. I have yet to read another Patterson novel since, and I won't even look once at another Laymon book.
I was quite turned off by all the graphic rape talk and the way he wrote sexually about Andy. Andy was 12 years old for gripe's sake. T ...more
Simon Quist is the murderer and you are told this early and let known his background and understand why he is the way he is. Wouldn't it be nice to know, that while still twisted and ...more
Jody is sleeping over at her best friend Evelyn’s house when Evelyn shakes her awake in the dead of night and claims that a window downstairs has been broken. As Evelyn and Jody brave waking up the parents in the house Evelyn is murdered with a spear. The killer walks off with her body and Jody is able to find a weapon and get Jody’s brother. There’s something strange about the killer in the house. There’s more than one, they smell rotten, don’t appear to be...more
Now, for all you morally lacking readers out there who thrive on violence, gore and degradation of the lowest kind or just aren’t the sharpest pencil in the box, I have one word for you – Sweet! With no holds barred, Laymon gives us a tale so chilling and boundless that you begin to wan ...more
I won't run over the plot with you too much but I will say that this book has a split personality and I really enjoyed that aspect. It is told in third person when concerning our damsel in distress, but when the perspective switches over to the big baddie, it is told in fir ...more
The book was a quick read that really kept me on the edge of my seat. I am not a quick reader (verrrry slow) and read this pretty quickly.
Basically it is told from two points of view from one of the survivors and one of the killers.
Jody, a young girl staying at a friends house, wakes up to her friends concern of someone in the house and quickly sees her friend killed. She and the friends brother survive and are soon chased by the kill ...more
Simon is the murderer we follow as his friends leave him behind as he didn't catch the two kids. This does not stop him killing and raping , far from it, he narrates is tale ion some tapes.
The book is very ...more
The book is about a gang of guys that rape and murder there way through as many people as possible, and have been doing so since they were teens. You get a brief history of their activities from Simon, the guy they left behind when he didn't catch Jody and her friends brother Andy.
Didn't stop him killing and scheming to get a- Jodi and b- even against ...more
The book was entertaining, riveting, but the last chapter was very depressing and reached even darker depths of the male id. [shudder:]
He also published more than sixty short stories in magazines such as Ellery Queen, ...more