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Could have been so much better...
on 13 September 2008
...if it weren't for the protagonist being the most amzingly stupid character that has ever been created in a horror novel and if it weren't for the ridiculous way that the characters develop.
WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD
The story was well paced in true MAsterton style. He's always an entertining writer but there were times I wanted to throw the book across the aeroplane I was reading it in. People do not suddenly form relationships over a couple of hours with people they just met. David finds Liz trying to squat in the house, he taks her down to the cafe for a drink then out of the blue he's holding hands with her. This can be no more than an hour after meeting her. He then allows her to go off shopping with his 7 year old son. After a day or two they are talking like an old married couple, with Liz complaining that David can never make a decision and he needs to buck up his ideas if their relationship is to survive.
This guy makes such stupid decisions. Even when he knows for sure that Liz has been possessed and become dangerous, he leaves his son unsupervised with her!!!!!!!!
There is also the small matter of a number of Deus Ex Machina incidents. A young girl rescued from the past is seen to be very vulnerable as you would expect, then with no warning she reveals herself to be a white witch with magic powers that allow her to overpower the villains that so far have had no trouble at all handling her. If only she hadn't waited until young Danny had been kidnaped before revealing this secret power...
The ending is another classic Deus Ex Machina. The old "simply go back in time and do things differently" routine.
Having said that. It is an entertaining novel if you can put up with these flaws.