An absolute must for all horror fans. Mark Morris is an excellent writer, who draws you into the story. The tension at times is incredible, that's not an exaggeration! The best (or worse!) thing about the book is how realistic the characters are, how a story like this could really happen. I would love to see this made into a film or tv drama.
This is the first Mark Morris novel I've read and I'm definately looking forward to reading more! After reading the 'blurb' on the book cover I wondered if it was going to be a kind of 'Friday 13th' style story...where characters are picked off one by one...but it's much, MUCH better than that. The characters were very easy to identify with, set in 'my world' which made it all the more scary. Morris builds up the suspense wonderfully and carries it off right to the end of the book.
I was initially drawn to the strange, childish title of the book. It sounds really bizarre. I was intrigued. The novel is well enough executed. The writing isn't bad and the characters and dialogue are believable, but it isn't without flaws. There are some odd side-plots that never go anywhere and some things that seem like they're be important later that are never touched on again. Some of the background could have been fleshed out a little bit and some aspects of the main plot really don't make a great deal of sense. Halfway through my impression was that the story was strongly influenced by Stephen King's IT. You have your band of childhood archetypes (tomboy, wimp, bully, nice guy) who face down a "monster" as children and then have to live with that secret until the monster's revival forces them to reunite as adults. Exact same plot as IT. Mr Bad Face starts out great, but I would say that by the time you get to around the 80% mark the story takes a serious downward turn and never recovers. The ending was a serious disappointment for me. It seemed almost as if the author just lost interest in the book and wanted to move on to another project. It just abruptly runs out of gas and becomes as cliched and predictable as a soap opera. I'm giving it four stars instead of two or three, because the first 80% is so strong that I decided the poor ending could almost be over-looked.
Another good book by Mark Morris a good story and a lot of scares too, well worth reading as he draws you in to the story right from the beginning,which makes you believe that this could really happen, once you have started reading this you will not want to put it down....