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Consequences Paperback – April 13, 2016
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About the Author
John Quick has been reading and writing scary and disturbing stuff for as long as he can remember. He lives in Middle Tennessee with his wife, two kids, and three dogs that think they’re kids. When he’s not hard at work on his next novel, you can find him online at www.johnquickfiction.com, Facebook at johnquickbooks, or on Twitter @johndquick.
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High school has come to an end for a small group of friends, and they look forward with anxious hope toward their respective futures, while trying to savor this last summer they have together. The stories of what Crazy Freddy did to his family years ago are true, but the rumor that his spirit may still haunt his old house is just that, a rumor. Right?
Either way, the rumor does nothing to deter our group of friends as they hold a graduation party on the purportedly cursed property. That tragic night becomes the catalyst for a string of gruesome murders that begin to whittle away at our group, until only a frightened few are left to face the evil legend head on. Is their fierce love for one another, and their will to live and see those bright futures enough to keep them from falling under Crazy Freddy’s knife?
Sometimes, I’m embarrassed to admit, I pick up a book hoping it’s not good. As a writer, this makes me feel better about myself. Sometimes, I pick up a book because I know it will inspire me to write better. I’ll look at my own work with a more critical eye. I began reading Consequences, hoping it wasn’t good. Not because I wish John Quick anything other than a successful and thriving literary career—because I think that’s what’s coming and it is well-deserved—but because I wanted to feel better about my own writing.
What I found was that Consequences was one of those books that inspired me to write better. From the eloquence of Quick’s prose and the lush characters he has created to the gut-wrenching scenes of violence, every aspect of this book is enviable to any writer and just what any horror reader wants to curl up with.
One of the things that stands out most for me is Quick’s characters. It’s so easy to use the word “pulp” as an excuse to write flat characters. But Quick has carefully cultivated his characters and made them real people. The death scenes are brutal, but that’s not what made them so hard to read: it was that I loved the characters. I remembered that feeling of uncertainty about the future following high school, and I was on board with this group, rooting for them. As people began to die, I felt real pangs of hurt at seeing them go. I sighed. I set the book down at points and felt loss. That’s storytelling.
Whether you are a fan of hardcore horror or a more atmospheric approach, there is something for you here. I look forward to reading Quick’s upcoming works.
The book begins with a bang, "Thirty years ago, Crazy Freddy hung his family up with barbed wire and skinned them alive." That is from the description, and that is enough for me to fall into the fabric that was woven by John Quick in his first published novel. The story is well constructed. The violence, brutal, and the action moves along at a fast pace. The characters were well drawn, but the end of the book comes too quickly for me, or rather the resolution comes too fast. That does not detract from the enjoyment of the tale, though, for me, I would have liked a little more before all was said and done.
As a whole, I think, Consequences heralds the arrival of a new voice in the genre, and it is one we should all listen to, or suffer the consequences.
A well-written, well-executed, well-played novel, a horror-thriller, coming-of-age, first-love-blossoming, rural redneck insanity [that is not a judgment, that's referring to several recurring characters], CONSEQUENCES is a biting, gory, thrill-a-minute roller coaster ride in which the suspense never lets up.
Author John Quick takes especial care with his young (adolescent, newly high school graduates) characters, making sure that although they are realistic "teens," with all that entails, they are also full-fledged individuals, each in his or her own right. They're not just cardboard one-dimensional props. As the story progresses, we truly get to know them, including their hearts and souls. I'll give just one example, chosen not to give anything away: fairly early on, two of the young people, Tyler and Alexis, converse, deeply. Not only does Tyler demonstrate real thoughtfulness sometimes uncommon to his age group (and gender), but his nature is more compassionate than many adults (especially in our current era of "hate").
I can't say I "like" the villain (who shall remain unidentified for purposes of this review), but I do understand the motivations, I think. As with so many serial killers, such as Manson or Bundy, genetics ("nature") collides irretrievably with "nurture" (environment, upbringing), creating an individual who adheres only to his or her own moral code, acting according to his or her own lights, and we find that more than once in this novel. I can't see how the villain in question could have acted much differently, and that implacability, for me, heightens both the suspense and the enjoyment of the novel.
For those interested in the "If you like --(author), will you like this author?" I will mention that Mr. Quick has found comparison to Jack Ketchum, and from my viewpoint, with (wait for it) Bryan D. Smith (also a Tennessee author) and Matt Shaw. I point this out not only in regard to the gore level, but in the way that each author illumines character and raises the plot above the ordinary, to something numinous.
Disclaimer: The author and publicist generously provided a digital copy for review purposes only, and no remuneration was exchanged. The above review is my honest and impartial opinion.
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This is a terrific debut novel that is a smooth read, even when the content is totally disturbing!
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