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- ASIN : B0875S93MD
- Publisher : Cemetery Dance Publications (April 14, 2020)
- Publication date : April 14, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 576 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 378 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #55,971 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Most everyone uses a bank of some variety. I do. It's not something we ever really think about until we need a new loan, need to refinance, or get a dress overdraft fee. But, imagine, how much control, how much influence could your bank have over you, your life, your safety?
A staple bank of a small, mid-West town suddenly closes. It's not a huge surprise to any of the residents, after all, lots of local businesses have been closing in preference to big box companies and online retailers. What is surprising about it is when the sheriff's department finds the employees of that bank dead, sprawled out in a backwoods clearing. Executed. Every single one of them. Meanwhile, next door to resident-owned used book store, The First People's Bank is announcing their arrival.
The story circulates around several perspectives--the used book store owner next door, his wife and teen son, a couple trying to purchase their first home, an employee of the only remaining bank in the area, the local sheriff, a crazy killer in town, an old woman residing in the local retirement home, a city councilman--and the downward spiral is seen from all angles. A great, chilling read.
the banking industry, with some addendums about systematic unfairness for people of colour.
Although I continuously read Bentley Little stories, and have enjoyed many of his books, this one was not exactly at the same level. I’m not sure if it was because the message was ‘dummied-down’ or because he did not flesh out all the characters and the horror they endure at the hands of institutions. Perhaps a lack of depth...? Regardless, it is the reason I rated it a 4, rather than a 5. Understand that this rating is not in comparison to other horror writers, as Bentley has a style all his own, but rather in comparison to other Bentley stories.
There was one great quote: ““Don’t worry.” The banker grinned. “People will send their thoughts and prayers. That always solves the problem.”
Last year, I read his collection of short stories ‘Walking Alone’ and found that to be quite enjoyable. However I found ‘The Bank’ not up to par with his earlier works. There were just too many characters to follow and some of the scenes were overly graphic in violence and deviancy, and the conclusion wasn’t sensible or satisfactory.
Top reviews from other countries
This author is so whacky and unusual. A steamed through The Bank in a few days and it's in much the same vein as his older novels where a store or institution suddenly appears in a small American town and disrupts the lives of the locals. There's a fair few characters to keep in your head but don't be put off. If you've never read any of this author and are a horror fan I would definately recommend doing so.
I'm going to buy The Consultant and The Handyman now to catch up with the novels I've missed. If you like Stephen King you will love Bentley Little.