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Get out your rosary and keep a flask of holy water on hand and be prepared to watch for shadows!!
There were occasional grammatical errors; they were not frequent enough to be distracting- errors that are common (un-fortunately) in contemporary American English.
I was very struck by the uniqueness of the story. I'll just tell you ahead of time: you do NOT know where the story is going. Some horror is predictable. This is not. It's a cliché to say that it was a 'real page-turner', that 'it kept you guessing', and that 'you never knew what was coming', but truly this was the case here. If you read it you'll understand.
As an avid reader and an English major I have a particular interest in fictional characters, The Seventh Word offers a lot of totally new characters instead of a lot of 'same', repackaged characters that a lot of books, particularly horror novels, have to offer. The attention to details with the characters was really striking and the details created a picture in my mind without it being overdone or tiresome.
The contrasts in this story was something that I had never seen before. The small rural town life and colorful people (offering a comedic effect) within an overall dark mood. It's an incredible combination that stands out among others in it's genre.
I particularly like the depth that the story reached. It references history,looking back through time at some of humanity's most gruesome and horrific experiences. It's an ancient evil repackaged as a modern one. I didn't expect a fictional novel, especially horror, to be so thought
Smith begins his macabre tale with these and other arrivals of strange men and then begins to weave an intriguing tale. He introduces the reader to the town in such a way that almost begins to feel at home there. That is, until the place becomes almost unrecognizable to its long time residents by the slow creep of a devouring evil.
As dark clouds spread across the town there are a few residents who figure out what is going on, that their town is being slowly consumed. A few try to stop the spread of this evil, led in their efforts by the Van Helsing of this story, an old priest.
This is all of the story that I am going to give away. I can assure you that you will not be disappointed with this book. It will entertain you, scare you, and, hopefully, delight you. The ending is just extraordinary, turning the entire story on its head and revealing that this small town may not be as small as it seemed.
I also found the subtext of this novel very interesting, portrayed in an utterly new light without being moralizing. It is not without its flaws, but nevertheless a fantastic first offering from a new voice. Also, the choice of an 80s setting is very cool. Very special book! Enjoy ...