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Tight, gripping right till the end.....
on 3 August 1999
How does he do it?
Richard Laymon once again provides us with a thrilling page turner, showing that even with his mass output he is still the master of the genre.
This, his latest novel, centres around a rather unfortunate girl, whose boyfriend spends far too long at the local spee-D-mart. As time drags on she starts to imagine the worst and so goes to look for him, what she finds leads her into the nightmare world of an obsessed stalker, who has a penchant for using knives.....
At first, the book starts of fairly unspectacularly, indeed, at first I thought that I would struggle to enjoy it...how wrong I was.
The storm that is blazing throughout the first part of the book helps build the tense and frantic struggle as the heroine tries to escape the "attentions" of her stalker....Laymon manages to put false hope after false hope in her way, leading you to groan in disbelief as her nightmare continues. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse..it does...and on the rollercoaster goes.
Suddenly, we are introduced to a whole new set of characters midway through the book, as the whole story takes a change in pace.
The hunter becomes the hunted, can anyone be trusted? You really aren't too sure until the final pages wrap up a well crafted story.
The only concern is that many of the characters act in extremely strange ways, as is typical of many books of this type, they are perhaps too accepting and rational as things develop. Many discover that they have truely evil sides to their nature, leading you to wonder whether or not people would REALLY behave like that......surely not?
I suppose though, that is why we read fiction, to escape the real world, and this is really only a minor issue, and in fairness is probably true of all Laymon's books....if the characters weren't so rational then it wouldn't make much of a story.....girl gets scared by madman, girl hides from madman...not very exciting I suppose.
I would deinitely recommend that fans of Laymon buy this book, its exciting, gruesome fun...nothing more, nothing less.
If you are new to his work, then don't expect "Horror" as such, rather horrific circumstances, with gruesome results.
What are you waiting for? GO BUY IT!!!!