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- Print Length: 258 pages
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- Publication Date: January 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MRA75R9
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Very soon, though, she begins to suspect the hotel may have sinister motives. At the same time she falls back into her old wild ways with the young people of the town, a radical group totally at odds with the sinister leaders of a local cult. Caught between two worlds, Claire has to plot her escape while spiraling deeper into a nightmare of ritual sacrifice and killer parties.
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A young girl gets a job at a posh summer resort. Trying hard to restore herself to a default setting after nearly hitting the wall back home in the city, she just wants to work and save money. Then she meets the locals. Some kids who reside at the local campground. She soon discovers that things in the area aren't what they seem to be and the tourist trade here is a bit different than what one would expect.
The writing is tight and the characters wonderfully rendered. If you're looking for a book to eat up some of your summer...Look no further.
I didn’t care for “The Summer Job”..... it just wasn’t my type of book. That being said, I loved “Con Season” and “Video Night” was great fun. Mr. Cesare is a good enough writer (and has fabulous ideas) that I will still continue to read through his catalog of books.
I just had a few problems with this one.
On the positive side, I whipped through the book because Mr. Cesare is a tremendous storyteller. I truly enjoyed the writing, the characters, and the world of Mission. It also comes across as his most “literary” endeavour.
Here’s what pissed me off about the book... and it caused me to rate this author much lower than I would like even though he is fast becoming one of my new favorites:
BEWARE: POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT
1. Tobin seemed to have more of the qualities and charisma of a leader than Davey.
2. Allison became part of the cult way too quick with no preface to how that happened.
3. There seemed to be no other people in the town other than Mr. Dwyer and his wife. I think this was one of my biggest complaints about the story. There was no real backstory and minor characters should have been fleshed out much more. I would have liked to know more about Daisy, the cook, Eden, Jeb....
4. Why did the ‘priest’ hate Victoria Brant more than the kids who killed his wife?
5. This leads me to what aggravated me the most... what the hell was going on in the first place? Why were they creating cults (the hotel people to have the town survive? The kids in the wood because they were rebelling against the old ways?) How was the cult from the hotel different than the one in the woods? Why allow Claire to see what was happening in the basement? The list goes on.... Maybe I am dense or something but I just could not piece it together. I had more questions than answers.
I would love to see what Mr. Cesare would do with a sequel to this tale. It is almost guaranteed that it would be a rollicking adventure. Until then, sadly, I will have to rate this particular story a 3/5.
Cesare's writing is always smooth, with great character work. You will come to care for Claire, our protagonist,and will fear for her, as her new summer job pulls her deeper into the darkness. The story moves at a brisk pace, and there are plenty of horrifying scenes along the way.
For modern horror, with a nostalgic flavor, you can't go wrong with The Summer Job.
Claire is out of college, has broken up with her boyfriend, and is currently broke and jobless. She lets her roommate Allison talk her into applying as "guest liaison" at a hotel in a small town two hours remote of a major city. Allison drives Claire to the hotel where Claire is quickly hired. After being abandoned by Allison, Claire settles in to life in the small town of Mission. A town where one group of killers based in the hotel are out to get another group of psychos based in the woods. A war that Claire has a ring-side seat to watch.
My biggest problem with the story was that the reason for the war was never really explained. There were allusions and implied ideas of good vs. evil or maybe evil vs. evil but it was never really explained. The ending made it more confusing because while one side won the war, the final chapter implied that a whole new war had started. The other problems I had were some events that just didn't feel right: one character changes personality really fast in a way, the town was described as really small yet there are always people being killed in the hotel, Claire seems nonchalant about a tad too much. I kept changing my mind about how I wanted to rank the book. In the end, I chose to focus on the strong writing that kept me entertained the entire time rather than the plot holes and unexplained events. Maybe the next book I read by Cesare won't have those items.
The Summer Job is a fun book. Cesare's a talented writer and his novel is fast paced and intriguing. You know things are headed for hell, but you're just not sure what horror is going to occur next. Which coven is going to tip the scales? How will these battles play out?
I give it a 3.5 rating, rounded up. This one's a fun beach read for the morbidly minded.
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Actually, the cast in general is very well realised. Her co-worker in her new job, her room-mate, Davey the cult leader (who we meet in the prologue), the manager of the hotel she takes the ‘guest liaison’ role at, the creepy chef – Cesare breathes life into all of them, effortlessly eschewing stock characterisation and instead finding real people, with flaws and foibles.
The plot evoked many reference points for me, including The Shining, Rosemary’s Baby (there’s a wonderful dream/hallucination – or was it? – moment fairly early on) and Helter Skelter. This being Cesare, I’m sure there’s others I missed. Crucially though, these elements don’t stick out – rather, they occur to you as flavours in a skilful blend that is unique to the tale being told. The author clearly knows and loves horror, but this is in no way a cheap knock off or pastiche – he builds on the work of the best, but the construction is very much his own.
The prose is slick and quick and witty without ever descending to smartarsery or clever for the sake of it. Several of Claire’s internal descriptions of people or situations made me chuckle, and again they fed that notion of Claire/Silverfish as a real, rounded person. The story cracks along with superb pacing – I got through it in three nights, and I’m a criminally slow reader. I can well imagine taking a Saturday afternoon/evening and devouring this – given the cinematic quality of much of the novel, this might even be the preferred method of consumption. The plot did a superb job of keeping me gripped while playing it’s cards close to the chest – every revelation and twist felt earned, and right to the last page I was kept guessing and surprised, without ever feeling cheated. That’s not an exaggeration, by the way – the ending kicked my ARSE.
I honestly can’t find anything to fault. This is brilliantly written, stunningly assured horror by a writer of genuine talent who has a real love for the genre. More please.
I still have no understanding as to the nature of the rift between Brant and Davey and their respective followers. Nothing in the book explained the animosity between them. So all their plotting and scheming had no context. The same could be said for Claire. I really liked her and enjoyed her struggle with Silverfish. But her death was meaningless. It simply didn't matter. Why take us on a journey through Claire and then bump her off - without ceremony or reason?
And, unfortunately, the same could also be said for Alison. One minute she's running for her life and rescued and the next... well, she obviously drunk the cool aid, but when? Why? How?? Acerbic, witty, intelligent, self-centered and then we are supposed to accept that she just isn't any of those things anymore. Without explanation.
And there lies my disappointment. Here is a book with good characters and an interesting story. But there just is not enough information given to understand their actions. Those details would turn this from an okay story to a great one. These huge problems would doom most books and have me tearing my hair out over the fact that I won't get the time I spent reading this back. But that isn't the case. Mr Cesare has something.... he just needs to give us a bit more of it.