It could be that this lost something in translation from the Italian original. The claustrophobic tale of 3 strangers trapped in a lift, all of whom have a desperate need to be somewhere else, has some good points - the narrative is well written, the atmospherics are very good and the individual back stories are well thought out - but - it's a horrible tale, full of horrible characters, doing horrible things, none of whom engender any sympathy or understanding from the reader (or not from this reader at any rate!). I didn't find it scary, spine-tingling or frightening at all, just nasty. The final "twist", whilst undoubtedly a morality tale for our time, is rather a let-down, too. Ultimately, this left me feeling in need of a good wash to cleanse myself of these thoroughly objectionable characters. Apparently, this is now a 'major motion picture' - don't think I will be rushing along to the multiplex any time soon...
Gianluca Morozzi has written a neat claustrophobic thriller set in the elevator of a residential building. In Black Out, three individuals, strangers to each other, enter the lift. Shortly thereafter, the power goes out and the trio is trapped between floors. Their back-stories are filled in between chapters that describe the continuously rising paranoia and terror within the cramped quarters of the lift. I'm not giving anything away when I say that one of the three is vicious serial killer, and his is the only background that is really relevant to the story. The other two could have been pilots or scuba-divers for all their lives had any consequence up to the point they are trapped. So far, so good. True to the genre, the innocents have to escape. How though? And is that all to the story? This is where Morozzi cranks up the unlikeliness factor, and the story - to my mind - degenerates to droll fantasy. It is written in that arch, self-consciously-talking-to-the-reader fashion that might grate on some; the staccato sentences might alienate others, but it is a thin book, trying a bit to be too clever, and will serve as a decent page-turner on a short trip to work.
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Blackout is a tight story about three very different characters stuck in a lift on a quiet Bank Holiday Sunday. That in itself is rather unremarkable so Morozzi ups the ante, with one of them being a vicious and clever serial killer. That's further spiced up by the girl, a waitress, in tempting attire, which of course is very tempting bait. Morozzi cleverly designs the characters to present a claustrophobic and disturbing environment, with a few twists for good measure. It's a short read, which prevents it from becoming tedious, and subsequently Blackout is a pleasurable, and at times shocking, read.
If you can get over the horrific , barbaric first chapter, then you're in for a riveting, relentless suspense : 3 people trapped in a blocked lift on a hot bank holiday, no rescue coming and one of them is a deadly killer.With a superb twist at the end, for once utterly unexpected, it is an uneasy book to 'enjoy', but a definitely good story.
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Thanks to previous review, I was warned about the horrible first chapter and managed t get through it. The story was indeed gripping, I read it in one sitting. The twist was good but not mind blowing. If you can take torture writing, you will enjoy the story.