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Eyes of Doom Paperback – May 31, 2017
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I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, Blood Bound Books!
For example, those time hops here are much more elaborate and complex, presenting the story in hidden jigsaw pieces ranging from when the characters were eleven all the way into their sixties, showing portions of their lives spanning several decades ... but, not in chronological order, so you have to fit it all together as you reveal each new element.
The group of friends are Matt, Jack, Vinnie, and Georgina. And then the new kid, Frankie, who moves into the old mansion that used to be a hospital back in wartime. Frankie seems a little weird, but then, each of them have their own quirks, secrets, or troubled home lives.
Skipping ahead and around, we learn more about them all -- family dramas, college romances, careers, broken hearts, broken marriages, indiscretions, fights. We also get tantalizing references to an accident all those years ago, a fire, a menacing doctor-figure, and Frankie's death.
Except, Vinnie keeps insisting Frankie is still around. Minor but unsettling things keep happening, following them through their lives. The story, for the reader, keeps unfolding like a clever origami picture-puzzle map, revealing new, connecting previous in unexpected ways.
I don't want to spoil any of the intricacies of the plot, but as a writer I was consistently impressed by just how well it was done, how skillfully handled, offering just enough to intrigue without falling into that annoying smug I-know-something-you-don't some books have. As a reader, I enjoyed the characters, found them well-realized and believable, even the minor ones showing lots of personality and depth.
Really good, really really good, with the seamless twisting turns of the ouroboros featured as its illustration. Fantastic work!
This is a chilling read, a spooky read, truly a Blood Bound special which focuses on a manifestation of evil. It is also an interesting read an absorbing read in that it gives a potted history of the U.K from the mid nineteen sixties through to the present. Time shifts backwards and forwards. “The past, the present and the future; they’re all the same.”
The style is plain, straightforward – one might almost say prosaic – quintessentially English, apart from an odd gotten or so here and there jarring horribly on this English reader. But the characters aren’t plain, much less prosaic and neither is the story. Four friends, three guys and one girl, lifelong friends, haunted by a horror that assailed them in childhood; a horror that they cannot wholly remember but that they most certainly cannot forget. As they age their memories grow clearer and as they do the horror returns in the form of a monster of darkness, growing stronger building up in a crescendo that culminates in scenes of torture and terror. The final chapter is truly horrific, all hope seems lost. But then comes a brief epilogue which sheds light and puts a real twist (forgive the pun) in the tail.
“The Eyes of Doom” by David Little (Bloody Bound Books.” A chilling tale that had my hackles raised and has to be worth five stars.
D. A Barker (author of Killing for Christmas)