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This Side of Paradise by Steven L. Layne
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Jun 03, 2012

really liked it

Jack Barrett has noticed a difference in his father since he took a job with a new company. Suddenly he seem more demanding and much more critical of everyone around him. When he forces them to move to a new town owned by the boss of his company things get really bizarre, and Jack's father and his boss seem to be the cause of it all. Can Jack save his family from destruction?
Although the book is classified as science fiction/fantasy, I'd add psychological thriller instead of fantasy, because for a while the villain does seem to be playing with the family, his moods changing with each new scene. I read this book on a rainy Saturday and it was perfect to entertain without too many plot twists (sometimes psychological thrillers can go crazy that way). I agree with another review that more could have been done with this, but I think Steven Layne did a very good job considering his audience.

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