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Eerie Paperback – June 8, 2012
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About the Author
BLAKE CROUCH is the author of ten novels and numerous short stories, including Run, Desert Places, Stirred, and the Serial series. His website is www.blakecrouch.com.
JORDAN CROUCH was born in the piedmont of North Carolina in 1984. He attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and graduated in 2007 with a degree in Creative Writing. Jordan lives in Seattle, Washington. EERIE is his first novel. His website is www.authorjordancrouch.com.
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A man reconnects with his sister and finds her trapped in her own house. An evil entity hiding under her bed won’t let her leave. And now he’s also trapped. It’s only a matter of time before they both meet a gristly end.
I was immediately sucked into this story. The characters caught my interest and for the most part I liked them. The suspense was nail biting as the scenarios got more and more precarious. What fell flat for me was the ending. It just didn’t work for me. It was a stretch for my imagination, but maybe it was just me wanting one thing and getting another.
Don’t let that deter you. You still get Blake’s quality writing and when Jordan ventures out to write on his own, I’ll be waiting.
I read this book 3 moths ago in February, I remember being all cozy in bed after reading Crouch's two installments of The Pines which will blow the socks of anyone with eyes, and here I am with this book in my lap, all warm and cozy, well it left me feeling goosebumps and shivers up to my eye balls. This was intense and beyond what I could have even imagined the resolution of being. These guys take you and your brain, and take a jump of a cliff with it, basically it takes your mind for one of the creepiest rides ever. It's subtle and not subtle, its real and unrealistic, it's amazing. It takes time to get I think, now days, many dayyys later I'm in awe of it's silky weiled intricacy.
A brother and a sister, both with a dark and painful past are trapped in the girl's apartment, something is sucking people under her bed in the bedroom, her being a high paid call girl has little to do with what is needed to resurrect a certain something but it provides flesh, something so dark and maddening that no one who witnessed it can recall.
Many people didn't like the ending, it took me awhile to get set in it but when I look back it's perfect; it's not a slap you in the face obvious way to go, it happens and then you are left to think about it. It forms colorful layers in your head that feel like wallpaper and I like it even more now after all this time, I can't look at cover of Eerie and not emit a smile or a grin, this is what great kick ahhz reads are all about and this one certainly kicks you in the face and few other places :P
- Kasia S.
I won't retell the story in detail, though it is important to pay attention from the beginning. I love stories like this...where I often search back through the book to reread a scene for clues and hints. At one point in the book, I guarantee you will reread the first chapter. This may sound like a spoiler, but the book is so engrossing that you won't think about it until the time has come. When it does, you'll have that "Sixth Sense" moment, when everything falls into place.
Before that reveal, I was spellbound by the horror and darkness wrapped into the two main characters' world. Grant and Page Moreton are estranged brother and sister, perpetual victims of tragic curveball thrown at them as children. No better off as adults, they are reunited through a menacing coincidence, which binds them together and forces them to confront an unspeakable presence.
The descriptions of the house and the presence they experience are unforgettable...and trust me...you'll want to forget before you walk into any dark parts of your house. Many of the scenes were exponentially frightening, brought to life by Crouch's prose and ratcheting suspense. I highly recommend that you read this book in as few sittings as possible. The imagery evoked will surface your most intimate fears. If you've recently come to terms with basements...get ready for some more therapy.
I rather enjoyed the ending to this book, in relation to the main reveal, however, I could have used a little more explanation of why the "original" event occurred. Why "he" was chosen for the experience. I won't say more than that. It didn't in the least bit diminish the experience for me. 4.5 stars. Rounded to 5! I thoroughly enjoyed Crouch's first offering of the summer.