I’m a huge fan of books with slightly psychotic characters and weird endings. So I definitely enjoyed this one! It had my eyeballs glued to the page (like to the point where it was SUPER LATE AND MY EYES WERE BURNING but I couldn’t stop reading) and I wanted answers dangit. Aaaall the answers.
• A kind of apocalyptic city vibe, where I was 99% sure NO ONE COULD BE TRUSTED.
• John was a really SAD person and I felt for him a lot. His life just got worse and WORSE as the book went on. (as his history unraveled anyways)
• THE ENDING WAS PRETTY MUCH WOAH and there were still several elements that were totally shocking!
• The writing was really easy and comfortable to read and I gobbled the book up super fast.
• It features loads of unreliable technology that keeps you paranoid.
• Some of the technical aspects about computer hacking bored me to death and there were at times where paragraph after paragraphs centered around it.
• Some side characters majorly annoyed me with some of their life choices during this whole scenario..
• Possibly a little farfetched? I get it. A computer that can completely think for itself and control THE WORLD. That’s right, the whole damn world but nothing else in this world seems to be that advanced.
• Oh, and another thing, there are like 8 million people who live in New York and they quite literally disappear in this book and our characters encounter maybe 40 people total.
All in all: it’s definitely a good, creepy and solid apocalyptic mystery! It has a good ending and very sketchy characters (LIKE SERIOUSLY DON’T TRUST ANYONE!)
3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS
Thank you Nate for sending me a copy to review.
**** NATIONAL IPBA AWARD WINNER IN HORROR ****
Once again, award-winning horror master David C. Cassidy takes his readers into a realm of terror, a world unlike any other. With the inspired flair of Clive Barker and the pulse-pounding beat of Stephen King, The Dark is a supernatural thriller that will leave you breathless, reminding us all that for all we desire there is always a price, the currency in suffering and sacrifice.
IT KNOWS WHAT YOU WANT. IT KNOWS WHAT YOU NEED.
In denial over his father’s death in a horrific accident, Kelan Lisk has grown fearful and withdrawn. For this meek and bullied child, a burning desire to tame a deadly sledding hill consumes him, drawing him inside a wondrous place where anything is possible … including his father. But as this strange new realm spills into this one, twisting an innocent little boy into an agent of evil, the world is forever changed, devoured by an even greater evil–the Dark.
This book scared me. Really scared me. There are a couple of horror books that really freak me out to where I can’t even read them at night. This is one of them. And yet, I could not stop reading.
I think my taste for horror stories must be increasing because I really enjoyed this book. It certainly has it’s moments but they are actually more gruesome than horrific. I loved the whole thing. Cassidy’s writing is fantastic and his characters are easy to like and become involved with. The story builds slowly and I like the way the author spends time on pleasant everyday life in between the horror. The contrast is great and it gives the reader a moment to breathe and relax.
Aside from being well-plotted, creepy and evocative, the novel is scary because it taps into basic and primal fears that many families have. The novel is also melancholy and tragic. It goes to such depths of fear and sadness. it’s brutal and in tone with the dark atmosphere of the whole book.
The ending is excellently done. No riding off into the sunset. A really good read.
4 out of 5 stars
Thank you David for sending me a copy to review.