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From the very first page Greg draws you into a tale with his impeccable prose and atmosphere, his characters and the unique way he has of placing you in the middle of the story. I can guarantee once you start you will not be able to put it down.
Will and Betty return to Betty's father house to clean it out so they can sell it and to also settle his last affairs. An old man, Bob Laurent, shows up at their door in the middle of a violent rain storm, claiming to be an old family friend. Betty doesn't remember him and Will dislikes him immediately.
Without giving away too much of the story I have to say once Bob appeared and started integrating himself into the dynamic of the story my skin started to crawl, as I too found myself hating him as much as Will.
That is the thing I love about Greg's characters and writing. I feel as if I am going through what his characters are going through and what Will was going through with Bob was enough to make my blood boil.
As the night progresses and things start getting out of control, truths and secrets are slowly revealed, sanity questioned and demons uncovered that all lead to a mind blowing ending that will leave you gasping and unnerved.
"The Rain Dancers" is dark literature at its finest and further cements Greg's place as one of the top authors on the planet. I wholeheartedly give it my highest recommendation and is a story you do not want to miss.
The story, told in first person narrative, draws you in like the sound of falling rain...enticing, mesmerizing, haunting. What enfolds is one man's nightmare of a love tainted by evil. I will not get into the details of the plot (like most amazon reviews), but lets just say that Will Colby, the main character, will do anything for his wife, Betty; even traverse the hellish ride that awaits him. The story reveals many "evils," some that touched me personally.
The novella length is perfect, the pacing is unrelentless, and the writing poetic and unflinching. I think the narrative style (first person P.O.V.) is really the author's strength at telling his stories, especially since he is a character-driven author, and I hope he does this more with future works.
Mr. Gifune, simply brilliant! Bravo!
5 stars. As others have said, if you are not reading Gifune, you should be.
Will and Betty Colby have returned to Betty's hometown to clean out and sell her late father's home, but her "Uncle Bob" has decided to drop in for a visit to pay his condolences. Arriving at the old ramshackle house at the end of a deserted dirt road in the middle of a calamitous rainstorm, seemingly harmless and caring Uncle Bob regales the couple with tales of old, stories of Betty's youth, and remembrances of Betty's father. The only problem is, neither of them know who Uncle Bob is, and Will is certain that he's making blatant passes at his wife.
Through a haze of beer and wine while the storm ravages the landscape outside, Will tries desperately to convince his wife that there's something wrong with the old man, who seems to know secrets about Will himself, all leading to a shocking and heartbreaking finality, but maybe the only ending possible for those involved...because when the past comes calling, you must answer.
Gifune's prose is fluid, his pacing perfectly plotted, and his characters full of life. These components always seem to be true of Greg's work, and "The Rain Dancers" is no exception.
Getting the novella for free wasn't the pleasant surprise, though that was pleasant enough. No, what grounded me and got my head spinning was the great characterization and dialogue within this short, intense masterpiece.
Will and Betty return to Betty's hometown a year after her father's death to clean out his house and put it up for sale. On their first night a terrible rainstorm hits, and with it comes Bob Laurent. Bob claims that he's an old friend of Betty's father who moved away when Betty was only a teenager. He says they were so close that Betty used to call him "Uncle Bob." This appears to be true, because he knows an awful lot about Betty and her family.
The only problem is, Betty doesn't remember Bob Laurent. As the night, and Bob's visit, wears on, Betty slowly begins to remember Laurent. More importantly, she remembers what he is.
The Rain Dancers is tense from beginning until the end and I had a lot of fun reading it. It read very well as a novella, but I could see it being adapted as a play and/or a movie as well. A very engaging story and highly recommended.
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Will returns with Betty to attend his father-in-law's funeral and settle his estate. While staying at the house on a rainy night, a stranger arrives claiming to be an old friend of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kenneth A. McKinley
This was one creepy and truly unnerving book. By the time I finished it I felt as if I'd drank a pot of coffee! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lisa
It absolutely floors me just how good of a writer Greg Gifune is. Why I have waited so long to read a title by Greg Gifune is beyond my comprehension. Read morePublished 9 months ago by SLeedom
I wanted to give it 3.5 star but 4 is justified considering the quality of writing. It holds your attention for most of the part but the ending was not satisfactory for me.Published 10 months ago by milind jha
Will and Betty have arrived at her late father Earle’s house to arrange for the property to be cleared and the contents sorted prior to its imminent sale. Read morePublished 10 months ago by R T Twinem
Gifune did an excellent job at building the suspense and a palpable sense of menace. It is a short read, but worth every penny. Read morePublished 11 months ago by R. J. Noble
This is a disturbing, atmospheric, entirely creepy novella that is best read in one sitting late at night. Read morePublished 11 months ago by rvialet
Wow...I think I have found my new favorite horror writer! I was a little confused by the ending, but that still doesn't take away from how great this creepy novella is written. Read morePublished 12 months ago by R Reilly
An incredible book. A page turner with a long half life even after you're finished. Quick, concise, but challenging. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mark Matthews
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