- File Size: 349 KB
- Print Length: 14 pages
- Publisher: Three Crows Books; 2 edition (August 9, 2012)
- Publication Date: August 9, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008WW3WBM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,289 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The bit of backstory set a creepy tone, but the ending was too visceral. It felt like it was meant to shock the reader, but for me it was a letdown, taking away from the story by adding an element it didn't need.
I really thought the story was good enough for at least one more star, but not with the profanity. Sorry, but this country is in enough trouble without letting our language become uncivilized. There may be legitimate times for using such language in a story, but just for the sake of using it is not a legitimate use.
I would gladly recommend this to people, but I do not wish to do so with the aforementioned gratuitous profanity.
One of the things I did not like was the relationship between the mother and daughter--even if the mother was dead! It was hard for me buy into the idea that a mother would hate her daughter over her accidental death. My daughter & I have had our differences in the past, but I would never wish her any harm weather I was living or dead--because I truly love her, differences or not. We all have differences with our loved ones, but that does not mean we hate them.
And the ending sucked. I won't give it away, but after the torture this poor girl went through mentally all those years, the ending did not merit the point of this story.
I gave it two stars because it was scary for the short length that it was.
I only have one issue with the book, and this is said in the utmost respect to the author . . . just constructive critisism. There was one thing about the book that was a little distracting to me. A story, no matter how long and ESPECIALLY in the horror genre, should not FEEL like it was written. I do believe an author should have a good and large vocabulary, but when read, the book should flow like natural speech. This kind of doesn't in some places. Some of the word-choices here don't flow very well and seem, for the lack of a better word, kind of forced. Almost as if a large and/or interesting word was put there just to be there . . . just to show the reader how well-spoken the author is. I have a lot more respect for an author who doesn't insult mine or his intelligence - one who knows that a well-flowing word works better than a fancy one. Case in point is the (SPOILER ALERT) dialogue of the ghost-mother character. She doesn't speak like a person would . . . or even a ghost . . . unless her character was an english professor in her previous life. Her words sound like an author wrote them, not what the character herself would say.
The above was a small distraction, though and didn't ruin the story for me by any means, even though it knocked a 5-star review down to 4. I am a harsh critic, so I hope the author doesn't take offense to a 4-star review. I can be very brutal in my reviews and when something is crap, I call it crap. This story is very enjoyable. The story was genuinely creepy, the ending satisfying and surprisingly, the ending . . . which, lets admit it, we have seen before, doesn't feel stock to me. It doesn't feel rehashed. And I can tell you exactly why. The author puts the main character's observation right after the climax of the ending. It ends with just a small sentence of the character's thought, or the author's observation, whichever way you want to put it. Many other authors fall into the trap of that BOO moment, the big finish, and let that be it. Bam. Ending. Nope . . . just with that one sentence set it apart. This author knows and I believe has a genuine knowledge that endings that can easily be written off as stock or regurgitated need just that teensy tiny bit of extra in there. Something to make it the author's own. And Chad P. Brown nailed it flawlessly. I don't think this happened accidently. Good writing is never an accident. Actual thought and care was put into this little story.
Nicely done. I am intrigued enough to look at some of Chad P. Brown's other work.