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This book is everything I expected and more. He is a master at writing horror. I even had nightmares the other day about this book. Not even lying. I woke up at 2 am, sweating and everything and I couldn't fall asleep because I was thinking that the creepy little boy would be staring at me while I slept. I had to put on an episode of dragon tales to soothe my nerves. It sounds like a joke but that's how it happened except it was an episode of my little pony and not dragon tales. Anyways, this book is amazing,anyone who reads this story will fall in in love with Mathew's writing style and storytelling skills.
As hippy-dippy kooky-charming as the towns around there can be, with quaint homegrowers and commune holdovers from the 60’s, the real big business takes place further out in the woods. That’s where the story takes place, where a single mom is about to find out the hard way that her plans for green living aren’t going to be as easy as she hoped.
Rebecca, with her daughter Megan, has followed her boyfriend there with the dream of building up a nest egg to start her own little farm. All they have to do is see through the season at a grow op out in the backwoods. Working for a shifty dude, with neighbors into even more illicit things. Already uneasy, right?
But wait, there’s more … the property’s got a history, and reputed hauntings, and before long little Megan’s behavior takes some unsettling turns … and Rebecca’s boyfriend is turning distant … and things are going badly with those neighbors … it develops almost a “The Shining” kind of feel, without the hotel and snow but with the isolation and unraveling madness.
And unexpected twists, and some really good grisly gore, and characters who behave believably even as you want to smack them, and you’ve got a read that’s anything but peace and love among the redwoods.
What else can I say about this? Lots of things – it’s well written, shocking, and at times it’s reminiscent of The Shining, though this story is its own beast. The characters feel real, and even when they’re making poor decisions, it’s always clear why they’re doing so. Mr. Brockmeyer obviously put a lot of thought into their motivations and actions. For those of you who are already familiar with his short stories, you know that they’re dark, melancholic, and a hell of a lot of fun – Kind Nepenthe is no exception. Get it, you won’t be sorry.
Parts were disturbing and shocking and there were crazy twists and turns, all leading up to a brutal climax. The last page, in particular, was amazing. It looped the whole story back together, linking up all the previous foreshadowing. Like the last piece in one of the puzzles Rebecca's daughter is always working on.