After reading "Pines" and being very impressed with this author, I thought I would give him another try. Big disappointment in this one.
While the premise is one we have all heard before in one form or another, and the main characters are likable enough, it just seemed to be one big bloody slaughter scene for most of the book. After witnessing strange lights in the sky, half the country goes crazy and just starts killing everyone who didn't see the lights. No real explanation for this--just an excuse to have some good old fashioned chainsaw/torture scenes. The main family that is trying to get away from these killers go through some amazing escape antics and some of their experiences were somewhat realistic. There were some pretty tense moments when they were almost caught, and I was feeling afraid for the family most of the time.
However, one of the most annoying parts of the first half was the wife who never quit blaming her husband (for some reason) for not making everything ok. "What are YOU going to do about getting us out of this? What are YOU planning to make sure they don't catch us?" You get the picture--it went on and on until you just want to pull your hair out or hope he grows a spine and sets her straight. He didn't cause this mess, and he is doing the best he can--why doesn't SHE come up with some answers? Other reviewers have mentioned this also--so if this kind of behavior gets on your nerves--- - - - -
On the up side- the narrator did a very good job.
I know there are some really positive reviews on this book, and I usually don't like to be so negative, but this story left me itching to put out the review I felt it deserved.
Report Inappropriate Content