- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 544 KB
- Print Length: 276 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Mark LaFlamme (17 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004FPZ6D2
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,042,707 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Author Mark LaFlamme's debut novel is fantastic. You won't be able to put it down, and I guarantee you'll keep turning pages long after the "witching" hour. What a masterful horror writer!!
The strange house in this story is conceived from the mind of a character mourning the loss of his young daughter, and the ghosts that inhabit it are more spooky than any that have rampaged through your worst nightmares. The pink room at the top of the turret holds its own secrets that will make you gasp with fright. Where is the man? What does a doll-house have to do with the house? And a musical snow dome? And why does our main character inhabit it after the man's death? Who is the mysterious owner of the house? Just what is going on there?
But I don't want to give any of the plot of this shocker away, so I'll leave those questions for you to RFY (read for yourself), and simply state my opinion about why I think this author has such a bright future in the literary field:
Mark LaFlamme has an excellent command of the English language and his similes are every writer's dream; perfect ... as is everything else about this book! The twists and turns in this story are so well-paced they punch you in the gut at just the right place; the dialogue is realistic; and the plot is unique ... a real grabber! The main protagonist is very likable and so fleshed-out that I felt like I knew him. Even though his obsession was maddening at times, it was very believable. I worried about him throughout the book, and really cared what happened to him.
LaFlamme paints a vivid picture of rural Maine and its people. His characters are original, with each minor character having unique characteristics, perfectly suited to the mood and setting of this fine piece of literature. If this book ever becomes a movie--and it should--the little girl will steal the show. Her frightening part will horrify you.
The ending of this book is a stroke of genius. The very last line is a shocker in itself; it will halt your mind for a split second as the significance seeps in. First I gasped ... then I said: AH-HA!!! What an ending!!
In my opinion, FaFlamme and horror stories go together like ... Well, like Dean Koontz, John Saul, and Stephen King combined. Yes, LaFlamme is THAT good and deserves to be right up there with those terrific horror writers.
As an aside, the book cover is a sinister work of art; it lured me as surely as a creative movie poster lures me into the movie theater. The small book-cover icon on this Amazon page (top, left) does not do the cover justice, so a clearer version is directly beneath that one. To view the cover so that you can see the little girl lurking in the background and clearer details of the "mystery" house, simply run your cursor over the middle photo and it will pop up in the main slot. You'll be glad you did. What a remarkable, descriptive cover.
I highly recommend this book, and can't wait for the next one. Hurry up, Mark!
I liked nearly everything about this book. It was well written, fast paced, had interesting characters, a cool idea. It's bascially about what happens when science and supernatural collide. It's also about what we do when we cannot let go of someone we dearly love. If we could bring souls back from the dead ... would we really want to? And will they be the same people we remember?
There is another reviewer on here who said "Don't read this if you're Christian, because of the ending"--or something like that. The ending was probably the scariest (creepiest anyway) part of the novel, in my opinion. I didn't think the ending COULD be better. Sure, it might be blasphemes to Christians, but then again, what isn't?
Anyway, I highly recommend this novel. And if you liked this, you may also be interested in a book I wrote (listed below).
That being said, it was a fun read. Nothing that will provide you with hearty, intellectual meat to chew on, but eh...that's not always required. LaFlamme did a good job, considering that was his first book.
Warning: one of the other reviews is correct in stating that some Christians might be truly offended by the ending. I did not find it to be offensive, but it was painfully cheesy.
Love makes some men do unspeakable things as you will learn by reading The Pink Room.
A sorrowful tale with some pretty crazy activity not expected from a small town in Maine.
Sinister, creepy and just plain weird describes the characters in The Pink Room.
Evil, ghastly and disturbing describe the behaviors of said characters.
Let's just say you will never look at Summer Solstice the same way ever again.
Great Read LaFlamme thank you!
The very descriptive language used by the author really pulls the reader deep into the story. Its very scary, and a very unexpected(to me anyway) plot. The witching hour was great.
Its also interesting, and a little scary, that much of the book is based in a real scientific theory.