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on 11 October 2000
"Come Out Tonight", as you can see from the synopsis has an intruiging basis...a boyfriend nips around the corner late at night for some condoms..but he doesn't come back. The first half of the book is as tight and interesting as anything the author has produced, but the second half descends into a plotline that would shame most teeny-slasher films. People begin to act outrageously against character and the villain of the piece becomes increasingly more cartoonish as the book progresses to its suitably grisly climax. Laymon's excellent, all-action writing style flows as smoothly as ever which is the main saving grace of the book. In less able hands the plot might easily have dragged this one down to a one or two star rating. Laymon at his best is one of the outstanding horror writers around but he seems to have lost interest in this one half-way through.
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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 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 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!!!!
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on 1 August 2000
This novel is very similair to all other Laymon novels. Pretty, young girls getting attacked, raped, blah-de-blah-de-blah, and still managing to survive! Having said that, this has an excellent storyline and does manage to get the reader emotionally involved. Some good twists, lots of parts that make you go "yuck!" and, as usual, some really weird characters (i.e Fran, who enjoyed being raped? ) but hey!, that's Richard Laymon for you! This novel is more of a creepy one than a scary one (if you know what I mean) but nevertheless, it's still a good read and not just for Laymon fans.
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on 7 December 2014
It totally escapes me how anyone can find any redeeming features in this monotonous piece of drivel. The characters are totally one-dimensional, the dialogue is "Beavis and Butthead" but without being sharp or amusing and the scene-setting doesn't evoke any mental images.

The book reads as if it has been written by its protagonist, a fat adolescent slob who acts out his fantasies by variously raping, torturing and killing his simple-minded victims. The "heroes" are no better - a woman schoolteacher who has a crisis of conscience about making her erstwhile lover go out to buy condoms and a pair of preppy adolescent boys who want to touch her up (or worse) after finding her half-dead, naked body in a ditch.

If you want the whole story you only need to read the first couple of chapters, skim a few of the middle ones and then read the last couple - it'll only take 10 minutes, max.
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on 16 May 2006
This book is so good I have lent it to my entire family, mum, sister and brother in law!!!!!

Its one of those books you just cant put down, but then all of his books are like that!!! It just absorbs you completely and you can think of nothing else.
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on 2 January 2000
This is Richard Laymon at his best.The last couple of books by this brilliant author have been o.k but this one is sheer brillance.The way the story keeps twisting and turning kept me turning the pages so fast I left scorch marks on them.This book is old style Laymon and well worth buying,so stop reading this and buy it.
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on 5 March 2000
Every time I buy a new Richard Laymon book I wonder if he can get any better, and after reading this one I realise that there is no end to the man's genius. The book is full of twists and turns but with the usual Laymon style and gore. An excellent, exciting book which should not be missed.
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on 25 November 2014
Was constantly shaking my head in disbelief throughout most of this. I could not believe in any of the actions the moronic, one dimensional characters were taking. It read like the script of a low budget, teenage slasher movie. The first and last book by Laymon that I'll be reading.
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on 30 December 2013
Great read from the twisted mind of Laymon.
Psychologists could have written a text book about him I'm sure.

The book is well worth a read by anyone who enjoys the genre and takes it with a pinch of salt.
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on 22 March 2013
i loved this book, held me right from the beginning, would reccomend,a great read if you havent read laymon before please read this and you will want more, my favourite author next to koontz, king and cole x
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