Author: Joe Hill
Length: 686 pages (Paperback)
I actually suspended reading this book rationalizing that I probably wouldn’t have enough time to single-mindedly tackle this book with my substantially increased workload. (I had been putting so many hours into overtime at the time) But I subsequently resumed reading after finishing Dark Matter. I probably had something like a horror rash. (I don’t even know if such a word does exist though.)
This book is certainly a tome and it took me nearly a whole week to finish, but can I just tell you?
This is just amazing!!
I must admit I was being a bit impatient and almost gave up continuing to read at some point in the early part of the book because I am a kind of person who wants a constant stream of craziness and creepiness when it comes to horror books.
However, as I proceeded deeper into the book, I came to understand Joe Hill is one of those authors who takes a lot of time and spends a lot of pages to carefully, intricately and thoroughly build up his own world and it worked just amazingly.
The plot is well-crafted, I would say it is built to perfection. Everything is tied beautifully in the end; the book ends with a positive note yet a waft of creepiness is still there. I can’t help but wonder what happens next.
The writing is also amazing. I don’t know how much deeper I should get into this, but some chapters don’t end in a complete sentence. Joe Hill ends some chapters in the mid sentence and moves onto the next chapter. I seriously did a double-take wondering if they were misprints.
The CAPS are also used very effectively to intensify the creepiness and eeriness and the dialogues reflect each character’s personality really well.
This is something I felt when I finished ‘The Fireman’ last October but didn’t touched on my post. I think he is spectacular in the human-drama department as well. Like I already said, his writing intensifies whatever feel that exists in the sentence or the paragraph – he makes what’s already eerie even eerier and creepier.
By the same token, his writing intensifies the dramatic feel that a particular scene has in there. The last dialogue between Lou and Vic just wrecked me. How dramatic and poignant. My heart was ripped in two.
All the characters are so fleshed out and the descriptions how each character’s path entwines and entangles are quite engaging.
I was a bit concerned whether I would get to keep track of the story because of its length, but what I found great about Joe Hill is that he throws in some keys or triggers when a certain character reappears in the story and those triggers invoke my memory and help me not to lose train of my thoughts.
Although this is not a kind of book that you can expect a constant spine-tingling feeling throughout the book -at least for me-, but the creepiness definitely seeps out of the sentence throughout the book, from beginning to end.
And let me warn you – when the jolt comes, it comes BIG TIME, like a massive explosion. So buckle up and brace yourself for the ensuing jolt.
This is definitely worth a read – despite its length.