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The Totem by David Morrell
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Mar 01, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: horror

People get killed in gruesome manner is small town in the mountains.

And that's about everything I can tell without going into spoilers. Not that anything is impressive in this book. The identity of the attacker is revealed too early, and once we know what causes the deaths, the book becomes a chronicle of all the more bloody incidents. There's nothing scary in it. Everything is written plainly and without much suspense. The novel had me finally wondering 50 or 70 pages before the end, but knowing the page count, I was certain it wouldn't be anything that great. And it wasn't. The threat was alleviated using something as sophisticated as a random flower pot. It was surely a very anti-climatic ending, and the book was a total letdown.

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