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The Wraith by Goodloe Byron
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Mar 13, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: contemporary, fiction, horror, first-reads, adult
Read from June 13 to 16, 2013 — I own a copy

I received this book for free through Goodreads first reads a few years ago. I was very excited to receive this and was pleasantly surprised to find it signed personally to me by the author. When I read the description I thought it was going to be a horror book of some kind or at least a little creepy. This book was none of that. The entire story revolves around an 18 year old boy that moves out on his own and spends his days drinking, smoking, and sabotaging his job. The characters were not very pleasant and I definitely did not get attached to any of them. Closer to the end I began to like the main character a little more, probably because he started making better choices, but then he became overly paranoid for no reason. The description of the book makes you think the neighbor Clyde and the main character's friend Rex are a big part but they are not. I still do not understand how the main character decided that Clyde was watching him and why everyone began referring to Clyde as "it". I also never would have noticed Rex's "disappearance" if it hadn't been mentioned on the back of the book. I did appreciate the unique writing style like many others mentioned and I felt the plot was fairly original. The ending definitely leaves one with unanswered questions but this could be a positive or negative aspect depending on how one looks at it. I think my main complaint was that the description is very misleading and if it had been more accurate I may have enjoyed the story more.

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