- File Size: 3927 KB
- Print Length: 234 pages
- Publisher: Sinister Horror Company (September 3, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 3, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KPDTWAK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,139 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Exchange thrusts the reader into the heart of the action from the first page. Our story begins with two groups facing off against each other in an abandoned building site, each holding something the other group wants. As I was reading I kept waiting for the '6 hours earlier', '12 hours earlier' or '24 hours earlier' flashback that would delve into everyone's backstories explaining who they were and how they all got into this mess. Wisely, the book NEVER does this. You get a few lines here and there helping to fill in the blanks, but you're never yanked away from the action as more and more characters with their own motivations drop in to complicate things further, never letting the plot get onto an even keel.
As a result, it can be discombobulating and perplexing. There's a cosmic puzzle at the heart of The Exchange and occasionally it feels like the author is going far out of his way to deny the reader all the pieces. Thankfully, the action surrounding the central mystery is fantastic. The book is at its best when people are dying in extraordinarily gruesome ways, being tormented by fantastical visions or being transformed into monsters. There's a level of detail and originality in the descriptions that sets the writing apart from that of others in the current horror field.
There were certain inconsistencies in the final pages, along with a conclusion that felt more like set-up for a future book, that kept this from being a 5 star work for me, but even so, it's still the most purely entertaining horror novel I've read this year. And it has unicorns!
(N.B. The book has its own soundtrack, listed in the opening pages. I wasn't able to listen to it all, but I played it along with the first few chapters and it's pretty good. I recommend it.)