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Horrific, Deranged and Disturbing...
on 13 February 2006
I bought this book from a market stall about ten years ago simply from it's statement that it was more frightening that Lord of the Flies and The Exorcist (I had just finished reading The Exorcist). However, for some reason that I seemed to have forgotten, I never actually got round to reading the book and eventually misplaced it. I don't know what made me fancy reading this all of a sudden, but I did, so I went and bought it again. I am glad to say that it was well worth the wait, if at least in a rather disturbing sense.
I simply cant quite believe how disturbing this book is. Johnson really throws the reader into the paralysing psyche of Barbara, the baby-sitter. He also allows the reader to develop a reading relationship with each of the children. This throws the reader from one point of view to another and makes for gripping reading.
I wont get into how horrific this book is because I don't want to spoil anything, but all I will state is that the book is VERY disturbing - do not approach unless you have a strong stomach/psyche.
The only downside of the book, for me anyway, was at times I felt some of the narrative was rather dull. It seemed a little slow at points. Fortunately, these dull points were made up for with some gripping scenes.
There will no doubt be some controversies presented by this book but I felt that Johnson dealt with some very taboo issues rather well. This book allows its reader to finish it and take away many different feelings. It left me baffled but made my me consider modern society and the overpowering fear of helplessness. Personally, this was the major theme that left me gobsmacked and had me shaking my head many times.
If you like a good thriller/horror, this book is well worth a visit. It will leave an impression on you and I believe will at least have you considering many of its themes.