Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
I learned very early on while listening to this book to pay close attention. It has many threads that wind around each other, and a timeline that passes back and forth as the macabre plot unfolds. This is one of the better books I have read in a while. When I reluctantly had to turn it off, I could not wait to get back to this non stop twisting story.
Quite a ride following a ruthless psychopath into the future, and past, who has some sort of twisted timetable of murders to accomplish. The killer feels confused about whether he is choosing the victims or is being compelled by a house that is on sliding rule of time. Part of his ritual is to visit each victim, "shining girl", when they are younger to tell them that he will see them again and to give each one a small token. Some remember him when he returns much later, some don't.
As the murders go on throughout the years investigators never match the MO to a serial killer because of the time separation. When he thinks he is almost done with the years of predesigned killings, he finds out that one of his victims has survived and is tracking him through the, "out of time", tokens he leaves on the victims. In order for his insane destiny to be met he must find and kill her. In order for her to retain her sanity, she knows, she has to find and stop him no matter what it takes.
All of the great narrators are what helped to make this listen a grand slam. I found this book to be very reminiscent of Stephen Kings early, more graphic books, definitely not for the faint of heart. Headphones suggested. Highly recommend.
An admirable debut, the writing had a nice flow, not too wordy and the story stayed interesting. Joseph Barkley, a book store owner, is hired to purchase and deliver the original, Braum Stokers, Dracula, along with all the notes and memoirs, to a very, to say the least, strange eccentric in Transylvania. His journey turns out to be as much about the delivery as it is a personal quest to find out more about he and his brothers family history, and how they may be connected.
As he finds out more about his employer he is pushed into a position that requires him to become a sleuth/slayer, not only to protect himself but also the ones he loves. The people that try to help him have a way of ending up dead, so he has to learn how to collect information with out the knowledge of his employer, or his minions, (semi-human slaves). To avoid certain death or lifelong entrapment he must try to unravel Braum Stokers, unpublished epilogue that reveals what his employer is really after.
Many unusual, somewhat endearing, but also suspicious and gruesome characters, help to make this a compelling storyline that was different. Sometimes, like in this case, different is good. The narrator was an acquired taste, his voices were better than his narrative. Jump in but hold onto your souls for the sequel.
It is so refreshing to come across a writer that writes to the, "smart reader". This was my first Joe Hill book and I was surprised and impressed by the caliber of his writing, he has definitely inherited his fathers, (Stephen King's), ability to spin a spooky yarn that takes you on a gripping roller coaster ride.
A fast pace, combined with well constructed characters provoked some thrilling and unexpected intensity. From the mystical heroine to the horrible villains, the characters have such depth that they draw you right into their dreadful altered reality. For the thriller/horror seeker this scary and suspenseful read will not disappoint.
A 115 year old convicted kidnapper/murderer, awakens from a 5 year coma,.. dies,.. gets embalmed, and then....walks out of the hospital...
As an act of revenge against the young girl who aided in his conviction years earlier, he and his creepy, murdering minion, snatch her young son with the intent of taking him into a bone chilling, fantasy world; "Christmasland". He would only be one of the many.
A brave, mystical, but also, damaged heroin must use all of her recourses and abilities to try to save her son from a dammed eternity.
The narrator did a great job with the up and down pace and the different character voices. I will be looking for Hills next book with the hope that he can keep up the highly exciting, first rate plot lines.
First this is a good book, all politics aside it is a thrilling story to listen to. Second, it is an important book, the details and struggles, both physical and mental have a genuine ring of truth to them and the author has done a terrific job painting the picture of life in his community if a real pandemic breaks out. The narration is very good and feels like the right match for the tone of the story.
Some of the reviews bring up politics, there are a few mentions in this arena but they do not overwhelm the story and no matter what side of the aisle you are on it should not be a factor, and when I say a few, I mean a few and they are not overbearing. In addition some reviews thought the main character, Alex, did not meet opposition with enough force, I thought the author did good job of addressing that moral chasm, Alex has a nice home, wonderful family, and in general a lot to loose, the bad actors have nothing to loose and are very comfortable with violence, the problem for the good member of society is it is always difficult to cross that line and get dragged into world where the possibility of loosing everything is real. This dilemma was well portrayed and even though you wish for action sooner, if you really put yourself in the shoes of the main character, a responsible person, it becomes easy to be empathetic with him. The dynamics of the neighborhood were extremely well developed, pitting the prepared against the frivolous and unprepared. I enjoyed the community meeting convened and the action plan proposed, which included "resource sharing". The personal struggles within the prepared community as they shared what they could while balancing the needs for their own families against an event of unknown duration was well argued.
I would highly recommend this story, it is a good story on its own and a good mental exercise, written with care and a well studied perspective, one which may be of great value for you and your family.