The Association Hardcover – August 31, 2017
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"Fast-paced, rock-'em, jolt-'em, shock-'em...terror fiction. Unusually clever." Dean Koontz </div> --Dean Koontz
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This was my first book ever by Bentley Little and I really have decided pretty quickly that he is not for me. The issue is that I prefer a different type of thriller then he offers up.
So this book..has a great premise. A young couple moves into a new home and are terrorized by their Home Owners Association . What a wildly imaginative premise. And personally..I mean I don't know about you, but Home Owners Associations scare the heck out of me. There is a foreboding quality about them. They can be quite imposing. So I was hoping against hope I'd adore this.
At first I did. Creepy creepy plot. This particular association seems quite sociopathic. You can tell at once the hapless couple are not going to have a good time in their new home.
But then it just gets strange. To strange. And delves exactly into the type of thing I hate.
I am a child of old school horror..no gore..no blood..eeriness and creepiness is what I like. You get that in large doses here. but then..along comes the gore. And the blood. It just descends into a mess. And I got rather queasy.
Not every book is for every person. But I felt kind of cheated that this book starts so GOOD..eerie, creepy, just oodles of fun..and then turns into a run of the mill gore fest with severed heads, missing friends, attempted..well I am not even going to say it. It almost made me a bit sick.
Bentley Little sure can write. But I guess he just does not write the type of books I would want to read. I do not know if all his books are like this but at this point I'd be afraid to find out so..no more Bentley for me.
This reminded me of every awful horror I ever red or saw at the movies. And I could not take all the animal violence and severed limbs. I am surprised I got through this.
So..in closing..sadly..my review is one star. It was two but I deduct a point for animal violence. Started with promise, ended with me just joyful I got through the bloody thing.
This is billed as a horror novel but seems to be a true to life representation of Homeowners' Associations in the way the characters often say "There's no way they can do that! It can't be legal!". If you've ever lived under an HOA you know what I mean.
I couldn’t finish. Ticked me off.
Barry and Maureen purchase a fabulous home in rural Utah. After moving in they discover why they got such a great bargain when the notices begin to arrive that they have broken various covenants within their neighborhood. Soon they owe thousands and thousands of dollars and are in deep and scary trouble.
Characters are strong, the neighborhood and surrounding town are described very well---overall, you are transported to Bonita Vista.
Tension mounts, bizarre things happen and people die building up to the final denouement that will curl your toes. This is the part of the book that fails somewhat and to describe the ending would spoil the surprise of anyone reading it for the first time.
This still deserves 5 stars even with the hinky ending because without said ending, it would be a SIX star novel.
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This book is so much more than your average horror novel. Bentley Little has a wonderful way of writing, enabling the reader to be totally drawn into the world of his characters (whom are totally believable).
This book is so indepth that it would be impossible to sum up in a few lines so I wont try; (although on saying this, it is an easy read; I am a nurse and read it mainly on night shifts when I had a few spare minutes here and there; and there are not many books I can say that about).
If your a fan of horror, this novel brings an indepth reading experience that is so much more than just another book from the horror genre. Give it a go and you wont be disapointed!