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The nutshell summary of this is somewhat Faustian in nature; a young man kills himself only to find that he's now in the employ of the devil punishing wrongdoers with various nocturnal unpleasantnesses.
On the positive side, the book has a rather clever and innovative story. It has elements of darkness but also a twisted romance but doesn't fall into the typical Hollywood cliches that we've all come to expect. The narrative is dark but not without hope and is like nothing I've read before. The author has an exceptional story on his hands that I could see making it to the big screen.
The problem, however, is in the execution. The editing is abominable as it's clear that someone has spell checked the text but nobody has actually read it in detail. Words are obviously missing and at times completely misused in a frightfully distracting manner. Even when the words are correct, there are at times turns of phrase that are vastly inappropriate and the whole body of work just needs a thorough shakedown from a quality editor. It's a pity because there's much potential in this. Lastly, the title and the cover art are entirely beneath this book's dignity. The cover looks like something from the Twilight Saga and the title completely fails to inspire anybody to want to read this. I showed it to my fiancee and her son and they burst out laughing. The contents far exceed the promise indicated by the cover but it's sad that few readers will get past that to sample the inside.
In summary, this story has promise but it's highly lacking in the execution. It needs quite a bit of polish to become a quality piece of work but there's a nugget of goodness inside if you can just get down to it.
PS: I hope my review was helpful. If it was not, then please let me know what I left out that you’d want to know. I always aim to improve.
Personally I felt most difficult topics in here were handled well, specifically suicide. Its a hard topic to write and get right. I think he did get it right. I came away with the thought that a positive message was woven in within the other dark aspects of that this novel contained.
I liked the characters. They had good and interesting personalities. Although I didn't feel very connected to some of them. That's probably just me though. I may have been a teenage girl once but, even when I was one I still had trouble relating to them and understanding them.
The only downside I found was towards the end. Some aspects in the story seemed convenient. Maybe they were realistic maybe not. I'm not quite sure. I've found that human kindness isn't an easy thing to come across. So, if I'm wrong and there are kind people out there like that biker then John was a very lucky guy to have met him when he did.
The ending was very good and seemed like a perfect ending to this dark adventure through death and love. Overall I really liked this book and it felt unique in comparison to other books I've read that try to show what could be after death. I recommend this anyone. It if sounds interesting to you then definitely give it a try.
(I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway.I liked this book for the reason I mentioned above and for no other reason.)
The author's visions of Hell and the 'people' who work there, are pretty inventive. Although we get a taste of fire and brimstone, it's mostly void of everything, and John is happy to have a purpose, as most of the residents have become emotionless drones. He enjoys tormenting the living evil, for the most part and, although he has regrets, he's content with his duties. Then, one night, he's assigned a father and daughter to torment. The father is a horrible human being but the daughter is mostly guilty by association. This discovery leads to John questioning his role and eventually defying his superiors. One thing leads to another, and John must make some important decisions about what he feels is right, regardless of where he is.
I was kind of disappointed by the ending. It's a bit of a cliffhanger and I haven't found any information on a sequel. I would've liked the story to be a little more 'wrapped up' but I assume the author intended for us to use our imagination on what happens after the ending. I also wasn't thrilled with the editing. It wasn't very thorough, and there were a lot of extra words and the wrong tense/spelling of words used. It's as though the book didn't get a final check before being published. This can be annoying and takes the reader out of the story.
All in all, I enjoyed 'Bad Dreams' and, with a little 'polishing', I think it could be a great paranormal read.
I received a copy of this book through the Lovers of Paranormal (LoP) group on Goodreads, in exchange for an honest review.
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