If you are looking for fast-paced horror this is not the book for you. But if you enjoy an interesting, eerie story that slowly unfolds you will love this book. It is well written, steady paced, and, for the most part, well narrated.
I was initially discouraged from this book because other listeners had complained of bad narration. While it is true that the narrator does a poor impersonation of a woman's voice it is not completely off-putting. Imagine Charlton Heston impersonating a woman and you will have a good idea of what to expect.
The main characters are wealthy, retirement-aged, small town men who befriended one another years before the story picks up. Don't let this put you off. The characters will become relatable and endearing shortly into the story.
If you enjoy this book, you will also enjoy The Good House by Tananarive Due and Phantoms by Dean Koontz.
The book itself is a great concept, a collection of short stories built into a larger story. While the short stories are engaging and true to the darker side of human nature, the main story is terrible. It's as if the author were really struggling to tie the short stories to the main one, which shouldn't have been a problem given the majority are themed very similarly. Also, I enjoy a story that shocks me, but the majority of the main story is written solely for shock value. And while I don't mind the absence of a clear cut good vs. evil theme, in every story that captures and holds a reader's attention there must be a positive outcome that can at least be hoped for. This story has nowhere to go,and the reader finds his or her self not caring about the outcome. I have even tried to look at this book purely from a satirical stand point, but ultimately it makes the book no better.
If you were considering this book because you enjoy gothic horror try "Let Me In" by John Lindqvist.
"Twentieth Century Ghosts" by Joe Hill is a great collection of short stories for those looking for gothic/horror short stories.
If you were looking for a book depicting the darker side of human nature read "Needful Things" by Stephen King. It's not as edgy, but a great story.
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