Redbird: A Paranormal Horror Story Kindle Edition
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Redbird is a sad, tense, and compelling read. It's very visual--and the picture that stayed with me was of gloom, gray skies, dilapidated buildings, dusty windows, mongrel dogs, lonely, forlorn streets. I could almost hear haunting background music. Weird characters populate the pages--mean teachers, which took me right back to my elementary school years, some kind but clueless ones, and some that are right there with Zane--helpless victims of the school and its darkness. Some are classmates--cruel bullies and a couple who are kind. Some are neighbors, with whom Zane spends some of his most stress-free hours.
As I read on, more and more the realization crept up on me that nothing was quite what it seemed. Zane is a victim, which is clear. He's a sad and lonely boy who doesn't trust his fellow human beings. (One of the saddest and most telling lines: "The one thing worse than not being invited to a party was being invited.") Life has taught him not to trust others, and now even inanimate objects are out to get him. The only one he can trust is himself and what he sees. But how much of what he sees is real? And how much can Zane be trusted? It's got some masterfully done surprising and heart-wrenching events towards the end that had me awake and thinking in the middle of the night.
At times I kept reading deep into the night to see what would happen next, as if Zane was real and as though my reading could keep him safe from his messed-up parents or from the uncanny forces that haunted his school. I found myself angry at Jeffrey, the guy who bullied Zane, and I found myself cheering when Zane stood up to his abusive father.
When I thought there couldn’t be any more surprises, I realized that one of the characters, whom I took for an ordinary human, was anything but. And as the author kept plying me with uncanny occurrences, I had to keep reading.
The ideas, plot twists, symbolizm, and developments are worth Stephen King. But Steve Carr’s writing is much more concise and to the point.