- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 6529 KB
- Print Length: 214 pages
- Publisher: Sinister Horror Company (19 Aug. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074KHVQ53
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #533,722 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Park doesn't use a standard style to tell the story. Rather, he opts for using excerpts from interviews given after the inciting incident hinted at throughout. This unique style is a stroke of genius on his part, as it works really well with giving the reader just enough information to keep them intrigued without giving too much away at once. As the tension builds towards the incident, involving prisoners, guards, police and the Mad Dog, it is difficult to put the book down. Indeed, I read it in one sitting.
Without giving anything away, there is a twist that I didn't see coming. And it has clearly been meticulously planned by Park. I found myself scanning back through the previous chapters trying to find clues and there were none. It was executed perfectly.
Overall, it is a well-crafted story told in a unique way, with compelling characters and a brilliant twist. And there are a couple of violent scenes that had me squirming in my seat!
I have been a fan of Park's writing since we did a book swap and he gave me a copy of "Upon Waking". I watch his new releases - and those from Sinister Horror Company as a whole - with a keen interest but was really looking forward to this one ever since I saw a glimpse of the cover. A cover so simple and yet effective that you can't fail to notice it and be attracted.
This is not a book with a normal structure. Told through multiple characters giving their 'eye-witness' account, it reminded me of "World War Z". It's not a style that I have seen around that much - and I'm glad because if it were in all books, I believe it would wear thin quite fast. That being said, it still feels like a fresh way of telling a story, especially one based around (as you can see from the cover) a werewolf. Gone is the stereotypical werewolf tale, following the tragically cursed human as he battles with the monster that dwells within, dreading the Full Moon. Instead we are left with a stripped back tale of horror and gore from all points of view but the werewolves and - it's refreshing.
Whilst - for me - the book is not perfect, it certainly stands up against other books of the genre due to the way it is told and the story itself. My only gripes with it (and it's a personal thing for sure) are that I found the tension built very, very well with some great scenes adding to it and giving you a little of the violence seasoned horror readers crave. One scene in particular will stay with me for a long time and if I type the words "pool cue", you will know exactly what I am talking about when you get to it. But whilst the tension was built with great effect I found the second half of the book very, very quick. This happened, that happened, this... We are flitting from character to character with so much speed that - on occasion (and again this is personal point of view) I found myself having to slow myself in my reading. It would have been nicer to linger on some of the scenes a little longer but, given how the story was told, I see how this in itself would have been problematic.
The characters in the book are all key to the story and none of them are wasted although I did feel less towards the police characters. I think this could have been because of when they were brought into the story (again, necessary) meaning I found it hard to care for them. When they enter into a scene full of carnage and mayhem it is hard to give a monkeys about new people when you want to get back to the action or find out what is happening with the other story arcs you have already been following (some amazing, some great, some good - none bad). What is great - and a mark of Park's writing ability - is how each of the characters, no matter how small a part they play, have their own voice. Given how you flit from character to character, it's amazing how some of the smaller characters didn't merge into one. Park gave them each a unique voice and made sure they kept it - so major kudos for that.
I won't get into what happened at the end because you need to read it for yourself. This review may come across as negative given some of the points I have raised but trust me - it's not. I enjoyed reading the book to such an extent I got through it within two days. For me, this is almost unheard of. I stopped my own work to get stuck in and didn't want to stop until I was done, much the same with other books I have read from Park.
What this book does clearly demonstrate is that if Park wanted to go down the route of extreme horror then, clearly, he could. He has great prose that oozes gore when he lets himself go in those kinds of scenes but do not think of this book as an extreme horror. Whilst there are multiple scenes of grimness, there is so much more to it than that). This book also shows that Park is not scared to play around with his style of storytelling which is something else I have huge respect for. When you build yourself a fanbase, it is always a gamble to try something new and yet he is never worried about this. He takes an idea and works it meaning each title he brings to the table is original and captivating.
If you like werewolf stories and want to read a different take on it, give this a go. Personally speaking, I'd love to see it play out on a screen. For me, whilst the book was enjoyable, I think there is real potential here to make a truly amazing film.
Have been underwhelmed with some reads of late, this was one I devoured in the space of a couple of hours or so. Park has threaded a range of eyewitness accounts together from a range of characters into a compelling narrative. Those characters - like the cover - are sketched in just enough to bring the story to life and move things along without getting bogged down in too much details. The narrative is similar to the book cover: it gives detail and a suggestion of a predator introduced into a prison where violence and alpha males are already established. If you like to follow the stalking of prey and thinning the herd, you're in the right place.
Make no mistake: this is well-crafted work. It does what a story's supposed to do: it keeps you engaged and intrigued. The book isn't perfect, as I'm sure I remember a typo/grammar slip here and there. I'm not quick to sift through the novel and pick out how many there are though. Overall, the book is solid. That it's a quick read may be a little disappointing, but at least it ends on a clever note. So props are given for that.
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