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She Never Dies Kindle Edition
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"She Never Dies never lets up! Highly recommended!" - The South Florida Book Review
"If you love Asian Horror, then you'll love She Never Dies!" - Pod Crawlers
About the Author
- ASIN : B004KAAWLI
- Publication date : January 21, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 574 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 122 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,411,660 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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The good? Handy is a solid writer. This is not a book full of typos, clunky sentences, inconsistencies, and plot holes. It is professionally written, edited, and presented. Also, while the premise of the story—creepy ghost girl who haunts a highway—sounds like something that’s been done many times before, I thought the evil here was well done and unpredictable. Handy tips his cap to a number of horror staples in this tale: classic hauntings, demonic possessions, slashers… it’s all here (which is also, potentially, a bad thing—see below), and none of it reeks of cliche.
The bad? All of my misgivings about this story relate to its length. There simply isn’t a lot of meat on this story’s bones. The characters are simply... well... characters, with thin or nonexistent backgrounds. Same with the antagonist: the cursed young lady was incredibly evil, but we simply don’t know much about her. Her evil occasionally seems hollow, since we don’t really know why—why anything. Lastly, as I mentioned above, there’s almost too much going on here. Haunted highways, cursed teens, assault victims, demonic possessions, insane asylums, unsuspecting detectives… The weight of it all nearly collapses the lightweight word count holding it up.
But it doesn’t. While so much more could have been said (and I do think a few thousand more words to flesh some things out could have elevated this to a five star story), Handy chose to err on the side of leaving us wanting more instead of testing of our patience. And this is an effective story. It’s a breeze to get through, and several of its images will linger with you after you read it.
Top reviews from other countries
It has a good pace and would probably work well as a movie
While “She Never Dies” nods to modern Japanese ghost stories, like “The Ring” and “The Grudge”, to me the book was most reminiscent - in style and content - of early Dean Koontz horror-thrillers. As an Australian, I also picked up on the homages to obscure Oz schlocky-horror, “Patrick”.
My major criticism of this story is that early character development is a little thin: for the first few chapters, many of the characters were just names who struggled to stand out from each other. Once the plot settles down to its core characters, though, and the action gets ripping, the story chugs along at a ripping pace.
The ending is a good, unexpected shocker.