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This review is from: The Fading (Paperback)
"Perfect for the fans of Stephen King" the book cover states, and in terms of subject I could see Stephen King writing something like this - but in terms of style there's not a huge amount of similarity. The book launches in to the essence of the story without any preamble and incidents from the main character's (Noel Shaker) childhood very effectively set the scene for what is to follow. Although Noel's 'gift' has a postive and negative side the book unusually, but with great effect seems to focus more on the negative side as Noel's life spirals oput of control. Whilst being entertaining and gripping, it did seem to me a bit unclear in what direction the story was going until about three quarters of the way through when Noel discovers more about his situation and tension builds from their to an exciting conclusion. What stops me from giving it 5 stars is that (unlike a Stephen King book) some of ths story seems to me a bit sparse with large gaps in the flow - and with such a good plot idea I just get the impression that the book could easily have been twice as long and a bit more satisfying for it. Also, maybe through my inattention, but I didn't really understand how his condition was really explained in a way that made sense of all the incidents that had happened to him, and fealt that Noel seemd to lack curiosity into this as well. Never the less I think that this is a good holiday read.