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Blind Shadows Paperback – May 2, 2014
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
Read the absorbing new psychological suspense thriller from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Marisha Pessl. Learn more
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Every character had a backstory, and that made for solid storytelling, character interaction and growth. The beats were steady, the stakes and suspense amped at the correct frequency. I liked the blending of little people of the earth with larger Lovecraftian gods.
The authors seem to gel well - I didn't really feel thrown out of the story by style change at any time.
This was a very enjoyable read, especially for the month of October. Good horror and a wild ride at the end.
There were a couple points I found the dialogue, exposition, or fore-shadowing a bit heavy-handed or repetitive. (For instance, the number of people losing their lunch into a bush.) However, that can be said about almost any writer and did not detract from my enjoyment of the tale.
I picked this up during a sale as a "Eh, it's only a few dollars."; I will now be watching for more by these authors.
The characters were likeable or hateable as appropriate. Which is generally a good thing. The "bad guys" weren't stupid and the "good guys" made mistakes. Another good thing. The Cthulhu Mythos connection was light and end-loaded. I'm not sure whether this is good thing or bad. One of the things that drew me to the book was the Mythos connection, so I probably wanted a little more a little earlier. On the other hand, I'm really glad the authors didn't hit me over the head with it from Chapter 1.
I know I really enjoyed it by how pleased I was to see there was a sequel.
I enjoyed the hell out of this! It was fast paced and gory and had just the right amount of otherworldly mystery. Evocative of the great pulpy adventures I read as a kid; The nods and references to such throughout made me smile. And the authors' writing styles were complimentary to each other and the story flowed in my estimation. I look forward to reading the sequel! Thanks for a fun ride, Charles and James!!
Blind Shadows had a nice Lovcraftian feel to temper its action hero mayhem.
Hopefully I'm correct in thinking sequel. Not that I'm hinting or anything.