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Not only was I not disappointed, I think the bar is even higher for the next work I read of his. We Came Back takes many of the strong dramatic themes that peppered Dream Woods (family turmoil, loss, unfulfilling relationships) as well as that book's gruesome, and at times, visceral horror and refines it to a point where I can say Lacey is now in my top ten new authors to follow.
We Came Back proves the guy is not just an another by-the-numbers horror author, dumping on gore with little substance-which make for fun reads, but not necessarily compelling or memorable ones. Instead, he shows an uncanny ability to portray characters in their most sensitive, vulnerable states. This knack was hinted at strongly in Dream Woods, but here, it's perfected. It is with this impressive skill, I believe that Lacey is on his way to becoming a master of modern horror.
The gory horror-fiction prerequisite is there, in fact, the end of the book is gruesome meltdown of slime, tentacles and blood for a good 20/30 pages. But it builds up to this, taking a reasonable amount of time to get there and develop the characters so that we are cheering for them, cursing them or otherwise.
I loved this book, recommend it highly, as well as the author's previous work. I will be grabbing everything he puts out moving forward and as a insatiable horror fiction reader, can't wait for his next release.
WE CAME BACK isn’t just a great horror book, it’s a horror novel with depth. Multiple characters deal with loss throughout, and find themselves figuring out how to move forward. The problem is that, in Lynwood, there may be no future. A past incident at the old Lynwood High School sets into motion the eventual troubles that spring up in town in the present. The Lynwood Vampires, a new and ever-growing clique of honor roll students gone all Marylin Manson, are upsetting expectations and smearing their darkness across this quiet little town. Are they just a pack of good kids going through a rebellious phase, or is there more behind the black outfits and sudden change in moods?
Lacey does a wonderful job drawing these characters--their hurts, their losses, their frustrations, and their faults—on his way to delivering a fantastic piece of horror fiction. The emotional undercurrent is what pulls this dark story along. Lacey crafts and executes some wonderfully frightening scenes throughout and does not disappoint in the blood and carnage department, a playground he’s proved himself as adept at running as a chambered bullet exploding your brains against the wall.
Incorporating pain and heartache with touches of humor, and pound-after-pound of fear and creepiness, Lacy proves that scars are not the exclusive property of weathered vets. Ladies and gentlemen, if you’re not paying attention to Patrick Lacey yet, now is the time, and WE CAME BACK is the book. This author is something special. Introduce yourself to his work now, you won’t regret it.
I give WE CAME BACK 4.5 stars!
I'll be honest, from the cover and description I was ready for a full on horror show. But this bad boy runs the gamut of emotions.
I really hesitate to say too much because a little bit can give away a lot. Especially with this one.
But let's just say if you're a fan of books like The Ruins or 'Salems Lot, you are in for a great ride!!!
But on top of that there is a great story of a father living with a great guilt and his coming to terms with that guilt.
So, while this story is chock full of suspense and terror, it really has a genuinely touching subplot running throughout.
Something weird is happening to the teenagers of Lynnwood, and the town's old, abandoned high school seems to be the epicenter of the strange phenomena...
One of the most unique stories I've read in a long time, Lacey crafts an intriguing tale that effortlessly mixes horror and emotion, tightly wrapped in a thick miasma of dread.
We Came Back plays with a number of serious themes, from relationships and trust, to loss and bullying, giving an undeniable realism and empathy to Lacey's characters.
A common pitfall of stories involving a myriad of characters, such as in We Came Back, is the reader usually doesn't connect with many of them. This is not true here: Lacey manages to instill a uniqueness and depth in each character, and their voices and idiosyncratic behaviors come across clearly.
The story never lulls, building steadily in intensity to a frenetic pace. Highly entertaining from beginning to end with several genuinely eerie scenes. Gorehounds will also be happy with this one, too.
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Patrick Lacey explains We Came Back in the dedication to his latest novel.
"This book is about loss.Read more
Easy to read with just enough "adult" content not to be trashy..