Hallowed Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B009KN8BY0
- Publication date : October 1, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 922 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 492 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,100,904 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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With The Mall, Delafosse meticulously details the novel's setting, while with Hallowed, the characters are built in the first half to the point that you feel you know them and care for them. Their budding romance alone is seriously worth the price of the tale.
Warning: There is a serial killer on the loose.
Paul Graves rekindles an old friendship with Claudia Wicke. Claudia left town while in grade school and returned during her Junior year back in good ol' 2004. Always a strange one, young Claudia is now a death-obsessed goth girl, yet Paul still feels drawn to her odd ways. Soon she ropes him in with her budding interests involving forensic pathology and the two investigate the murders.
One thing I enjoy about Paul, our leading man, is that he isn't the typical geek, bad boy, nerd, misunderstood malcontent, freak or bully magnet that is so heavily featured in high school dramas nowadays. Paul is All-American as apple pie without being Captain America. Paul listens to his folks and gets pretty good grades, yet isn't top of the class. He is probably like most people his age and I find that refreshing.
Like The Mall, the weird gets really weird as the second half rolls around. Delafosse takes the adventure from the grim whodunit of a killer-at-large to a supernatural plot involving the fate of the world itself. Who would have thought it was all in your own backyard? I was expecting the very nature of the terror to be one thing and I got something way out of the ballpark.
The mystery of the first half, as well as the otherworldly terror of the second, are both surgically plotted. I mean, it takes a smart writer to engineer what Delafosse does with Hallowed twice-over. Another thing I found engaging about the novel is the choice of monsters which are near and dear to my heart as I too write about them. Not going to give them away, though. You'll have to read the book for yourself.
Hallowed is quiet horror. Not internal or isolated quiet, but more like a Bradbury for the 21st century. A neighborhood mystery that increases to an epic scale as the plot unfolds. Themes of truth, action, secrecy and conspiracy permeate the pages. Look at it this way: if they ever made a movie of the book, Don Coscarelli of Phantasm fame would be perfect to direct.
I would classify Hallowed as YA Paranormal Fiction, but I say this mostly because the two main characters are teenagers. Other than that, this book should appeal to adults as well.
Paul Graves is a likeable kid who lives in a small Texas town where not much happens. When a former childhood friend, Claudia (a Goth loner with some issues), moves back to town, Paul becomes her only friend. Soon after, a string of murders disrupts their sleepy town of Haven and Claudia begins tutoring Paul on the traits and techniques of the average serial killer. What starts out as a way to pass the time quickly becomes an activity that puts both Paul and Claudia in the crosshairs of a deranged killer.
Author, Bryant Delafosse, manages to weave several subplots within the story, which adds to the mix nicely and eventually ties things together. He also does a nice job of explaining some factual bits of some common and not so common religious practices, rituals and traditions. It was refreshing to read about Wicca, Spirituality and other Earth-based religions in a positive light for a change. The dialogue was believable, unlike some of the other YA novels I've read. Not once did I think, "a teenager would never say or do that".
I enjoyed this book and I wanted to give it five stars, but just couldn't. There were several typos, which I found a little jarring. The ending went on longer than I thought was necessary, but I still honestly feel it earned the four star rating. I could see Hallowed becoming a movie (even if only as a made for television movie), as it certainly had more substance than many of the paranormal and suspense-style movies being made today. I would definitely recommend Hallowed to readers interested in paranormal mysteries.
Top reviews from other countries
Was it meant to be the pilot of a series? I'd certainly read more.