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Otherworld Paperback – September 10, 2013
"The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, The Lying Game. Pre-order today
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Most of the reviews seem to say the front half was good and the back lost it. I'm turning that around. The front half is good but needs trimming by a good editor to keep it moving. The back half rocks.
Several times during the first 33% of the book, I nearly quit reading. It's engaging, but there are draggy parts where one character is bemoaning the fact that his wife left him. He obsesses on it and starts doing crazy things because of it, and that's important, but it goes on, and on, and on, and oooonnnnnn. If those sections lost, say, five thousand words or so, the story would be just as fascinating and even more compelling, because it would no longer drag.
During the middle third of the story (that muddle in the middle), the pace picked up some. I had no problem with the multiple viewpoints (there's no head-hopping), the multiple subplots (all were resolved), or the philosophical technobabble (it's got its own sort of charm). At about the 50% mark, you couldn't have bought the book from me.
The final third is powerful reading, especially for Christian believers. I saw nothing unscriptual in the story, and it leaves The Exorcist in the dust.
Clearly this is a book from the author's heart. He's lavished attention on it, including the formatting and proofreading. It's a quality production. If he'd keep the front bits moving, this would easily be a five-star read. As it is, we'll call it four strong stars and an author to watch.
Otherworld requires some time before the reader grows invested, but Wilson's writing style flows well and the story is intriguing as it confronts the spiritual realm from a cautious perspective rather than that vein of entertainment found so often in horror stories today.
The main drawback for me was in the discourse between certain characters. Swearing is absent from the book and most notably in situations where it would have added a punch and realism to the characters where I felt it remained absent. Of course, different people are going to have different opinions over the use of language in these types of publications, but I felt as though it would have made the characters more realistic and thereby more relatable.
Otherwise, I enjoyed the novel and hope to see more in the future.
I was originally drawn to this book because of the author. I knew of Jared C. Wilson because he is a Pastor and an author or other gospel-focused books. When I saw that he had written an novel, I was immediately interested. Not too long after I had heard about this book, it showed up on the list of free kindle books on Amazon for a short time, so I snatched it up.
I have to say, this book has everything. UFO's, the occult, cops, shootings, heartfelt introspective thoughts, a love story, a newspaper man, the newspaper man's boss, demons, professors, lunatics, dead bodies, pastors, cow mutilations, the grassy knoll, the gospel, and an exorcism... and somehow it all makes sense. The main character of the book is the newspaper man, but he also focuses on a young Pastor, an old Cop, who is a prayer warrior, a cantankerous old farmer, and a crazy evil kid.
While writing an interesting story that easily kept my attention, Jared Wilson is also able to bring reasonable explanations to various aspects "sci-fi" topics from a Biblical worldview. I especially appreciated how he was able to bring in the explanations without it feeling "forced". So often Christian writers leave you with this story that makes you feel like the Biblical aspects were squeezed in later. Most notably, Jared Wilson was able to weave a gospel presentation into one of the scenes, and it just felt natural. Someone could easily pick this book up and read clear truth from scripture and not know that the author was trying to do that.
I have no problem recommending this book... it was fun to read.