Richard Matheson is a master of subtlety! Hell House invites you into its' madness and doesn't release you to the very end. As the characters approach the house, the feeling of doom is almost palpable. Matheson's proficiency at weaving simile and metaphor to tingle your spine is genius. The author wrote a masterpiece of horror without having to revert to gore instead relying on imagery a craft Matheson's knows all to well.
This story is silly! How the author thought that a person talking to herself who come across at pure horror is beyond me. However, i regress. The story is not the issue. The issue is the author's lack of imagination to make your skin crawl. Not once did I feel afraid nor was I able to imagine a sense of dread or foreboding. This is a must-NOT read!
Fever Dream, the most recent in a long list of Preston and Child books featuring "hypocrite lecture" Special Agent Pendergast doesnt' disappoint! The story unveils at a "feverish" pace with all of the expected twists and turns, peak and valleys! BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE....Preston and Child delve finally into the pysche of Special Agent Pendergast peeling off layer by layer the hurt and the tragedy that is himself, Agent Pendergast....revealing more RELEVANCE on what fuels the agents "motos operandi" since the Diogonese series. Fever Dream is a must read, however, to truly appreciate its significance on must read the previous Pendergast books. Readers who choose to ignore the suggestions will not be let down, though. Preston and Child season the story with enough background info the make sure the reader is not lost.
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