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Are you afraid of the dark?
on 28 March 2013
A paranormal researcher gets caught up in events following a bizarre mass suicide and has to somehow survive the malevolent dark.
The Dark is an enjoyable novel, particularly when Herbert paints vignettes of characters going mad under the influence of the dark, but the main characters are pretty uninspiring and tend to be pushed around by events rather than driving the action.
I personally didn't find the book all that scary, perhaps I'm a bit too old for Herbert's novels! My biggest problem with the book is the ending - a massive cop out and wholly unsatisfactory. I'm not sure if Herbert ran out of time or pages or just couldn't come up with anything better but the ending really lets the novel down, hence my three star rating.