14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A great read,
This review is from: The Church of Dead Girls: A Novel (Mass Market Paperback)
Okay. I read quite often, and I really treasure a book as well-written as this one. Being a Master's Student in Literature, I tend to shy away from most mystery and thriller type books. I just find most poorly written.
Dobyns, however, writes with a beautiful prose. Apart from having a chilling and absorbing story, the book is written with a style that should be grouped with other modern books of high literary merit. I didn't feel cheaper after reading this book. Instead, I was satisfied when it was over.
This book is told through the eyes of a man similar to most of us. We can see through his eyes. We feel as though what he sees happening in the town of Aurelius after the disappearance of a young girl is something that could happen in our own towns.
Nothing about this book seems at all out of place. All the characters aren't as well-developed as we may wish, but they aren't supposed to be. In real life, we don't know everything about everyone. This book is just the way it's supposed to be. It's seen through the eyes of a real human.
Even though the ending isn't necessarily satisfying in the traditional thriller sense, I didn't care. This book isn't about how the murder mystery is wrapped up (even though we aren't left hanging, thank God!). It's about a small town, and how they react to a very real horror. It's a wonderful novel.
Read this at night, wrapped up in a blanket, alone on your couch. It will frighten you. You will love it.