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Not his best.
on 13 November 2008
The idea for this novel is a good one, if a little fantastical, but the way it unravels through the eyes of Masterton's ludicrously dumb protagonist might have you giving up on the story before its conclusion. His actions read as if to fulfill the purpose of a plot summery and I couldn't help but wonder if that is all they were. Similarly, the characters actions and reactions to each other and the events around them, didn't seem real at all. People neglect to ask important questions or convey important information simply for the sake of plot development. People fall in love over a day, and have their hearts broken just as quickly. Talents and skills come and go as required. Even with all of these contrivances, there remain an incredible amount of holes gaping.
So, why the three stars? Well, between all its cracks and holes a cracking horror yarn struggles to unnerve, chill, and more often than not, nauseate you with a gruesome confidence that many horror writers can't match.
Inspired but cripplingly flawed, ultimately just very very frustrating.