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No Doors, No Windows by Joe Schreiber
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May 15, 2010

it was ok

A book full of promise and a really great premise, yet it lets you down in the end.

It's a ghost story about how the past always haunts you and how you can never simply forget where you came from. It starts with a greeting card writer/author-wannabe who returns to his small hometown for his father's funeral. There is tons of atmosphere and genuiune creepiness as the little town is slowly falling into decay and you get the feeling it's not simply because their economy is in ruins. The main character (who is dull as dishwater - I can't even remember his name) finds out that his father had a secret hobby when he discovers a half finished novel stuffed in his father's shed. It's about a man who becomes consumed by a haunted house. Then one day, the main character drives by that very house.

As the book slowly builds towards a confrontation of the main character with the spectre that has been haunting his family for generations, the narrative loses its cohesion and we slip from a world of strange coincidences to just plain absurdity. The main character doesn't even really confront the bad guy (or, as I expected would happen, become possessed by him). You're left feeling somewhat dissatisfied: all of that delicious atmospere and some geniunely scary moments building up to what amounts to a cliche Hollywood climax. Too bad, one half of this book is trully great and Joe Schreiber is definately talented. He's also fairly new, so better luck next time.
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