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The Conovers--mom, dad and two kids--are on their way back to Illinois after Jeff Conover's failed attempt to find work as an actor in Los Angeles. The action starts and ends on this trip, and as one who has taken the same route as the Conovers through California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and into Colorado, I appreciated the descriptions and detail Robin Morris uses to set the scene. There is a hopeless feeling--even an empty one--knowing the land is so barren that help may be too far away. This, in itself, can elevate the stress levels, but throw in a crazy Mama (who may not be what she seems) and her three kids hell-bent on death, and the stress level is sure to go through the roof.
I enjoyed my time reading Mama. It is well thought out and pieced together with care. There are a few bumps in the road, but nothing that would throw you off the path.
It's the construction that makes this great. Morris's prose isn't the most colorful, but after a page or two you start to see that dusty old bricks can be stacked up into ingenious art too. One thread after another creeps into the tale, sometimes teasing us for a hundred pages before it rips things open. And while the concept (being stalked across the country by... you'll see) is easy to follow, there are a LOT of threads within it. Between them it has
* a vicious, supernatural villain, who lives by four words: "That's what you're for."
* a very ordinary family dragged into nightmare in slow motion. You'll even forget how many other stories have tried to use the idea too; this is the real one.
* suspense from slow burn to scorching chases with everything in between.
* supporting characters that really do add fresh perspective to the central ones.
* struggling across highways, hills, and towns that are pure America, where every loose wire in the car could be life and death, but not just yet...
* characters of every level that die when they need to, or just when they really should survive.
MAMA brings all this together the way most writers only hint they could pull off. This is the good stuff.
I think the characters made this story for me, as much as the plot. The Conover family is headed back to Illinois after Jeff's career as an actor has hit a dead end. His wife Lee, although she won't admit it to her husband, is more than happy to not live the Hollywood life. Alison is your typical angry teen, furious at what she sees as her father's failure and how it is "ruining" her life. Of all of them, 9 year old Michael was my favorite character. He was sweet and smart and just a lovable kid. Mama and her family, even though the villians of the story, were relatable in their own way. Mama came from a different world, a world in which you had to be hard and cruel to survive. In her own way, she was trying to teach her own children an important lesson. I never thought I would find a murderous villian a sympathetic character, but there were definately shreds of humanity with Mama and her kids.
I think this was a very unique twist on horror, with a very engaging plot. I wouldn't recommend it for the under 17 crowd necessarily because of the level of gore, but I definately recommend it for those who love a good, creepy read!
I bought this book after seeing it mentioned at goodreads and thinking it would be a good story. Although I thought the plot was interesting and rather unique compared to other horror books I've read, I felt there were a few things missing.
As for what I liked, it was definitely an interesting story line. The way Mama makes herself visible is something I rarely read in books or see in movies, and the way she uses her children to help carry out her actions is bizarre. Trying to visualize the action when she and her kids were committing horrific acts made for some unusual mental imagery.
There was a a lot of action in the book, which was both good and bad in my opinion. On a positive note the frequent action left me often wondering how the book was going to end.
There were a few times where I was a tad teary-eyed (not bawling... lol) based on what I'd read, so I was able to build a little bit of sympathy for the characters, but not a lot, and that was one of the things I didn't like.
On that note, I really wanted to see significantly more character development. I knew a few basics about the people involved, such as the daughter's relationship with her friend and the son's obsession with bugs. Considering the majority of the book focused on this family's plight in their attempt to escape what they see as as crazy woman, I had a hard time feeling sympathy for them since I didn't feel I "knew" them. There wasn't much of an emotional connection.
I also would have loved to have seen more descriptions of the scenery and the action, even if that meant taking some of the action out of the book to limit the length.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought by accident I was looking the movie Mama but I was not disappointing. It's a good readPublished 23 months ago by Emily
I listened to this book and it was a good story with some hard to like characters. The reader - terrible! Don't get this as the pair to audible. Read morePublished on July 4, 2014 by Lisa
If you have nothing else to read go for it.I choose this book thinking it was written for the movie named mama. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by wendy Anderson
I love this book. A thrilling page turner. I will be a fan of this author now and look forward to future publications.Published on June 25, 2013 by Brighid
I am only 30% through this book. Although not a bad story idea, I wish it would get moving already! I find myself wondering why the author chose to include some mundane details? Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by Javier Hernandez
The book is a great horror tale. It will give you the shivers when coming around a corner. I am really looking forward to reading more books by Robin Morris and I hope you are... Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Alison Knight
Interesting book. I love books that are a little out of the norm. Things you don't really think can happen but they make you wonder. Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Ann Bresnan
I read this book in two one hour sittings (well, "walkings" because I actually read while I walk). It's fast paced, and yet the author manages to round out the characters nicely,... Read morePublished on April 20, 2012 by Dana Fredsti