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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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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.
I knew the ending was bad from reading the reviews, but I didn't expect it to be this bad. I must say the book started out as one hell of a story, (hence the 3 star review). I will still try out another book from this author because I did enjoy the "Pines" (4 star review). Just not sure what happened here. Sorry Blake.
The story is well written and well thought out. The characters, as works of fiction, are believable.
The story puts new meaning to the term alien beings in outer space.
Our story starts with Grant and his sister Paige being driven to the family cabin by their father. There is a car accident. Their father 'dies', or does he? The kids are alive. We leave the kids here not fully knowing how they were saved, and what happened to them for the next 30 years.
Thirty years later, we open to Grant who is now a Detective in the Seattle PD and has not seen his sister in years. He and his partner are working a case when he goes to Facebook and sees her FB page. There are only eyes on her FB profile, but her would recognize those eyes anywhere. With quick police work, he does some investigating to f ind where she lives and what she has been doing since he last saw her. He is not too happy with what he finds out.
He shows up on her doorstep one day and rings the bell. Seems like she is in there, but she does not want to answer. Grant keeps wringing until she finally lets him in. What happens from here on is the crust of the story and you really have to buy the book to read it. There is just too much for me to try and write it properly in a review.
About the ending; I feel the way this book ends, it is leaving the author open to doing a sequel. I'm no author, so I could be wrong, but it sure does cry for a sequel.
This book does have a 'prostitute' in it. For those who do not like sex scenes, fear not. They will tell you she goes upstairs with her client and they can be heard making the bed squeak. That is it.
This is a great chiller, thriller and I recommend it highly if you are into this type of genre.