3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Just about passable thriller - glad I didn't pay good money for it!,
This review is from: The Fort (Kindle Edition)
What attracted me to this book were the comparisons (on amazon.com) to Stephen King's masterful coming of age novel 'The Body'. After reading the book - an okish thriller by a writer of limited talent - I can only assume the people who made those comparisons didn't really get what made 'The Body' (filmed as 'Stand by Me') such a great read. What made that novel special for me was the way King brought us into the world of the boys, their unique characters, the way they interacted with each other and the strange poignancy of a summer poised between childhood and the loss of innocence.
Sure some of those themes are attempted here but I didn't really find the child protagonists at all convincing- they seemed pretty interchangeable to me and their conversations didn't feel authentic - there was none of the grossness and pruient curiosity of the average American boy which King captured so perfectly. Their conversations could equally be put in the mouths of a bunch of middle aged characters (in fact this is a problem with the whole novel - all the characters have exactly the same voice and there isn't a lot of character development)-
The plot - teenage girl snatched by psycho, witnessed by kids who can't get the police to believe them - drew me in at the start - but once the kids are left on their own there is a lull in the action where nothing much happens - and despite the fact that a teenage girl's life is at stake there is surprising little sense of urgency. The ending wasn't that great for me either - and I felt that the author missed some great opportunities to thrill the reader/twist our heartstrings.
I have to admire the effort the author has put into this tale but I probably wouldn't download another of his books (unless it was free). It was just ok - at some level the sort of book which makes the reader wonder (probably incorrectly in my case) if they couldn't do just as well themselves if they were prepared to put the time and effort in.