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About the Author
- ASIN : B00J90CIMA
- Publisher : Open Road Media (April 1, 2014)
- Publication date : April 1, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1614 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 316 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #904,772 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is the part of the novel where rather than seeing the disintegration of a man's mental health into full-on crazy, I realized we were jumping straight into the crazy with no lead up. However, proving me wrong, Garton took the story in a slight twist and quickly changed things up. I'm not going to spoil things but I'll admit to being surprised and liking the new aspect. It took things to the next level. It made the story a little bit harder to believe but once I got past that part, it was great. It also totally changed the ending that I was predicting. The hardest part to connect with the story was the beginning when it's so obvious to the reader that Stuart needs serious help; that is when I couldn't connect with what the characters were doing. Still a good story though and one that is recommended.
Lingering discontent defines Stuart Mullond's existence. Raised in a religious family with a skewed definition of "truth", dismissed as unimportant in school and now trapped in an uninspiring job, depression dogs his heels. He's found a measure of happiness with new girlfriend Amelia but is reminded often of his ex-wife's hurtful infidelity - especially since his ex Molly and Amelia have become friends, something that irritates him endlessly. Pestered by his widowed mother, ineffectual at work and alarmed by the growing distance between him and his son James, Stuart grapples with a crushing sense of defeat.
Worse, he can't forget a traumatic, childhood medical procedure. Nightmares of what Dr. Ferguson did fills his nights; the metallic snick-snick of his scissors ringing around every corner. Soon Stuart's nightmares become flesh, and he sees Dr. Ferguson everywhere. Is he dreaming? Hallucinating? Or has the good doctor returned to practice his twisted medicine on Stuart's son, James? What will Stuart do to protect his family from those awful, cutting scissors?
Perhaps the most powerful aspect of this work is Garton's deep, sympathetic characters. Though he paints them very realistically with all too human faults, by the novel's end it's hard to find anyone to blame. There are no easy answers, here; just the echoing reminder that life is hard, cruel, and unfair...and that sacrifice is too often required to survive it. Also: things are never what they seem.
Besides not liking any of the characters in "Scissors", I felt a lot of the dialogue was unnecessary and repetitive, not adding to the characters or the story. Many passages seemed almost like filler, as if the word count of the first draft wasn't long enough and Garton had to go back and beef it up. The first hundred and fifty pages mainly consisted of the problems that occur when raising an adolescent who has just entered his teenage years, lots of bickering and arguing back and forth. Sure, it had a few pages of seemingly paranoid delusions from the father to meet the minimum horror criteria, but nothing even close to actual scares.
Garton's apparent hatred of organized religions seemed very exaggerated. I can only assume he had a bad experience growing up and now takes his anger out through his writing. Fortunately, I grew up going to church all the time and had very pleasant, fond memories with church friends, the youth group, etc. The reason I mention this, is that Garton does a disservice to his writing because it distracts from the story. He spends page after page of near ranting about the church, apparently forgetting he is supposed to be writing a horror novel.
Fortunately, at the halfway point in the book, during a character's visit to a nursing home, Garton finally goes to work and comes on strong. It is here where we begin a very creepy, fairly scary tale. I understand what Garton is trying to do by setting up the first half, but I feel it could have been edited down considerably and still had the same, if not stronger, effect. Without giving away spoilers, the concept Garton explores is a lot of fun, if a little odd, and for me, ultimately, saves the book. So while the first half gets 2 stars and the second half 4 stars, my final average is a solid 3. I must give Kudos to Garton for being able to pull this off, because just before the halfway point, I was about to stop reading. But in the end, I'm glad I stuck with it.
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