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The Conovers--mom, dad and two kids--are on their way back to Illinois after Jeff Conover's failed attempt to find work as an actor in Los Angeles. The action starts and ends on this trip, and as one who has taken the same route as the Conovers through California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and into Colorado, I appreciated the descriptions and detail Robin Morris uses to set the scene. There is a hopeless feeling--even an empty one--knowing the land is so barren that help may be too far away. This, in itself, can elevate the stress levels, but throw in a crazy Mama (who may not be what she seems) and her three kids hell-bent on death, and the stress level is sure to go through the roof.
I enjoyed my time reading Mama. It is well thought out and pieced together with care. There are a few bumps in the road, but nothing that would throw you off the path.
It's the construction that makes this great. Morris's prose isn't the most colorful, but after a page or two you start to see that dusty old bricks can be stacked up into ingenious art too. One thread after another creeps into the tale, sometimes teasing us for a hundred pages before it rips things open. And while the concept (being stalked across the country by... you'll see) is easy to follow, there are a LOT of threads within it. Between them it has
* a vicious, supernatural villain, who lives by four words: "That's what you're for."
* a very ordinary family dragged into nightmare in slow motion. You'll even forget how many other stories have tried to use the idea too; this is the real one.
* suspense from slow burn to scorching chases with everything in between.
* supporting characters that really do add fresh perspective to the central ones.
* struggling across highways, hills, and towns that are pure America, where every loose wire in the car could be life and death, but not just yet...
* characters of every level that die when they need to, or just when they really should survive.
MAMA brings all this together the way most writers only hint they could pull off. This is the good stuff.
I think the characters made this story for me, as much as the plot. The Conover family is headed back to Illinois after Jeff's career as an actor has hit a dead end. His wife Lee, although she won't admit it to her husband, is more than happy to not live the Hollywood life. Alison is your typical angry teen, furious at what she sees as her father's failure and how it is "ruining" her life. Of all of them, 9 year old Michael was my favorite character. He was sweet and smart and just a lovable kid. Mama and her family, even though the villians of the story, were relatable in their own way. Mama came from a different world, a world in which you had to be hard and cruel to survive. In her own way, she was trying to teach her own children an important lesson. I never thought I would find a murderous villian a sympathetic character, but there were definately shreds of humanity with Mama and her kids.
I think this was a very unique twist on horror, with a very engaging plot. I wouldn't recommend it for the under 17 crowd necessarily because of the level of gore, but I definately recommend it for those who love a good, creepy read!
Is there anything worse than traveling cross country in a car with kids? Or Parents?
Dad won't turn on the AC because he's worried the car will overheat. Mom has made sandwiches and stored them in a cooler for meals instead of pulling over at a restaurant in a strange new town. Miles and miles of highway and little money for sightseeing and unforeseen circumstances. Well apparently Robin Morris can imagine something worse and she lets us in on the secret with her new Horror, Mama.
Book Summary: As the Conover family drives from L.A. to Chicago strange things begin to happen. Nine year old Michael sees a face form in the window of the family car. Two creepy children stare at fourteen year old Alison at a motel. A car follows the family for many miles, then hits their car and drives away.
Wherever the Conover family goes, wherever they look, they see a large woman and her children coming closer. The woman and her children are superhumanly strong. They can enter a locked room without opening the door.
Confused and scared, the Conovers can't comprehend what is happening to them. Everywhere they turn they see the woman and her children. The woman is Mama, and as she teaches her children, like a lioness teaching her cubs to hunt, the Conovers realize that they are the prey.
Robin Morris's story line is reminiscent of a Dean Koontz plot where really bad and unbelievable things happen to normal people. The fact that `Mama' and her weird brood can move through floors, walls and cars add to the creepy feeling that anything evil can happen at any time. It permeates the story as the Conover's make their way toward Chicago, each family member struggling with regret and anger at the changes being made in their lives.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought by accident I was looking the movie Mama but I was not disappointing. It's a good readPublished 17 months ago by Emily
I listened to this book and it was a good story with some hard to like characters. The reader - terrible! Don't get this as the pair to audible. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lisa
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I bought this book after seeing it mentioned at goodreads and thinking it would be a good story. Read more
If you have nothing else to read go for it.I choose this book thinking it was written for the movie named mama. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by wendy Anderson
I love this book. A thrilling page turner. I will be a fan of this author now and look forward to future publications.Published on June 25, 2013 by Brighid
I am only 30% through this book. Although not a bad story idea, I wish it would get moving already! I find myself wondering why the author chose to include some mundane details? Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by Javier Hernandez
The book is a great horror tale. It will give you the shivers when coming around a corner. I am really looking forward to reading more books by Robin Morris and I hope you are... Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Alison Knight
Interesting book. I love books that are a little out of the norm. Things you don't really think can happen but they make you wonder. Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Ann Bresnan