- File Size: 4261 KB
- Print Length: 34 pages
- Publisher: CHBB Publishing; 2 edition (October 17, 2012)
- Publication Date: October 17, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009SF5ITG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,616 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Red Door: The Thirteenth Boy (The Demon Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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As the story progresses, the horror of the situation begins to present itself, and while there are spine-tingling and terrifying moments, it is at this point that the story begins to slowly unravel. As the book summary states, the main character has to enter an alleged 'haunted' house that belonged to a ruthless serial-killer. As events begin to unfold within the house, the story begins to lose some of it's momentum. As another reviewer stated, the closer the reader gets to the anticipated climax, the suspense begins to drop off and the 'climax' is over in a blink of an eye, leaving the reader feeling slightly cheated out of what could have been a strong and more terrifying ending.
Personally, I feel that the main character and the supporting characters should have encountered a bit more while inside the house. The climax feels rushed and could certainly be fleshed out to include much more detail about the former occupants of the house and what horrors transpired both past AND present. As it stands, the reader can only guess at the terrifying secrets that lie within the walls and for the most part, we are left to our own imaginations to fill in the gaps. With some short stories, this works; however, for this short story, a little too much was left open to interpretation.
Despite the short-lived climax, I did enjoy this story and I do recommend reading it. It certainly has its frightening moments and it does entertain. The writing is solid and well-edited, the atmosphere crackles with suspenseful energy, and character development is very well done. The author certainly has talent, and lovers of the horror-genre will most likely enjoy adding this short-story to their collection.
Max thinks he’s finally figured out how to silence his bullies. At first I was surprised by the author’s decision to show Max’s emotional torment without describing why such an intelligent, peace-loving guy was chosen as a victim or what was going on in the lives of Jimmy and his friends to justify their abuse. Bullies aren’t logical, though, and some human beings are just simply cruel. In retrospect this information wasn’t important or necessary for what happens next in the story. What matters is that Max’s response to their taunts is never out of proportion or unkind. If anything he isn’t quite assertive enough! This level-headedness speaks volumes about Max’s personal code of ethics.
The Red Door’s climax left something to be desired. A scene I was particularly anticipating ends almost as soon as it begins. Switching away at that particular moment drained some of the tension in this story for me. It took until the final scene for me to begin regaining the excitement and dread I’d felt for these characters earlier. This would have been easily corrected in a longer book but it was difficult for me to reengage with the plot when so little of it was left.
Mr. James was effective at slowly building interest in the mysteries of the Starke house, though, and in describing a recently abandoned home in eerie detail from how quickly dust covers everything to what happens to a crime scene after everyone in the outside world begins to move on with their lives.
Are you ready to see what lies beyond The Red Door? This is a good tale for anyone who enjoys thinking about what might be waiting for them as much as they do actually discovering it.
Originally posted at Long and Short Reviews
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