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I have always been impressed with the depth of this author's characterization. Wether dealing with a large cast of main characters, or those with shorter--but no less important--roles, I find it very easy to see the individual identity of each. These "people" are not two-dimensional stereotypes, but complex personalities. In one case, Will Burgess is internally giving us his views on the motivating force guiding one of his neighbors: "...I think it was the fragility of life that compelled . . . to volunteer, to get the little ones to understand that it wasn't worth it to take chances."
This story stands out in so many ways, but especially in how we go through the process of growing up--maturing--along with Will and his friends. Unfortunately, real life lessons are often unpleasant, and unfair to so many people for a variety of reasons.
"Why . . . did sweet little people . . . have to feel such terrible things? Why did such a good-hearted, loving girl get treated like dirt?"
CHILDREN OF THE DARK touched on so many subjects, on all levels. This novel really showcases Janz' talent in writing--not just the horrific elements--but the more emotional, sensitive issues as well. He's not afraid to look beyond the facade of what most people see and judge others by, and show us what's REALLY behind the curtain. Rich or poor, addict or law-enforcer--everybody has a side hidden from public view.
I always look forward to a new Jonathan Janz book, and once again, he's raised the bar to new heights.
The characters and emotions are very real, and it doesn't shy away from social issues, but it also doesn't beat you over the head with them either, which is sometimes a hard line to stay on. I guess the only observation I would have with regards to the characters is there was a large gulf between good and bad, with very little in-between, or at least not as much as there typically is in reality. But honestly, it really didn't detract from the story - if anything, it gave it more of a B-movie matinee feel, which may have been what the author was going for.
I have read a few of Jonathan's books now, and I'm anxious to read more - he's very talented, and his "voice" appeals to my tastes. Especially if you like coming-of-age books, you'll love this one - very highly recommended!
What felt like a typical serial killer book turned out to be anything but that. Supernatural elements are interwoven into a serial killer book, mixed with some coming-of-age drama. The writing was crisp. Not a word was wasted. The book is written in first person, which makes it easier to read, at least for me. I can't pull off first person very well, but Jonathan Janz does it perfectly.
The end hits like a ton of bricks. It left it open for a sequel, which Jonathan has assured me is being written very soon. You can't go wrong. Buy it and enjoy.