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The Wicked by James Newman
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it was amazing
bookshelves: season-of-horror-2017

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The Wicked by James Newman came in one of our Nocturnal Readers Boxes. I'm *so* glad it did! I'm not sure I would have found this one on my own, maybe...maybe...that cover can't really be missed! So without going into the plot too much, I will say that Newman took a classic horror trope, "Dreamy, beautiful, small town on the surface--new family moves in--all demonic hell breaks loose" and he wrote a damn good book.
The characters were fully fleshed out, nobody was introduced that I didn't care about on some level. Our main family, Kate & David felt very *real* to me, which made things super risky. I grew protective of this family. The neighbor, George Heatherly, loved him. Joel and Michael. The sheriff, truly--Newman writes characters that you relate to and invest in.
And then there's the evil. The threat. The bearded one. Moloch. SO TERRIFYING! I got the heebie-jebbie creep outs several times!
This book has short, vignette style chapters that have our family/protagonist narrative as well as narratives that feel like secret showings between author and reader--things we get to see that the characters do not and that was so SCARY! I can't even tell you how compelling that style of narrative is! The pace is perfect. It's unputdownable.
Often times I found myself speaking out to the book, "NO! No! Pleeeeeeasse! Not THAT!!"
Then on Friday night, I had the house to myself and I was able to binge read over 200 pages while I ate my dinner and listened to the rain outside and it was just perfect!
I loved the build and all the gross, creepy, sexual stuff that happened leading up to Part 2 and beyond. To be honest: I wasn't sure I even wanted to read Part 3, I was that scared. I felt like really bad stuff was going to happen but this is where the book takes off running. I loved the ending and the epilogue and the authors notes and the bonus story. I loved it all. This is my second favorite horror book that I read this season. I highly, highly recommend it but just know: It's gory and pulls no punches. Trigger warnings galore and for the serious horror enthusiast (in my opinion) READ IT!

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Reading Progress

October 29, 2017 – Started Reading
October 29, 2017 – Shelved
October 29, 2017 –
page 36
12.04% "I will eat this book alive! It’s so good so far!"
October 30, 2017 –
page 70
23.41% "Chapter 12–bee things"
November 1, 2017 –
page 88
29.43% "Ugh!!! Gross! Gross!!"
November 3, 2017 –
page 144
48.16% "Cleared part 2 on chap 35 and I’m just like terrified by what I’ve read so far. This is not going to end well (this book is so good!)"
November 3, 2017 – Shelved as: season-of-horror-2017
November 3, 2017 – Finished Reading

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Mindi Yes! I read the last 200ish pages in one go, and I felt like I couldn't read fast enough! That ending!! So good.


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