- File Size: 1116 KB
- Print Length: 275 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Creativia; 2 edition (August 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0139SA5KE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,583 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
When The Tik-Tik Sings: A Supernatural Horror Novel Kindle Edition
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Doug describes the surroundings In a way that makes your skin chill and your body duck for cover. Immediately, I was making assumptions of what this bird might look like.
Before Erin's day officially begins as an officer, she is forced to take action. Erin continually has to justify her actions to her fellow community personnel! From her secret lover, Ben, who is a paramedic, to the husband of her best friend, who becomes a victim. As the plot is established, that sound continues and each time is followed by a creepy, bone-chilling event. With the thought that this 'thing' will be captured, each progression gets creepier. The Tik-tik doesn't stop anytime soon.
Doug's writing is so thorough, each description puts the reader right into the plot and you just have to keep reading until it's over!
Got to hand it to the author. He gave me a new monster. And it has a friend. They don’t waste any time wreaking havoc. By the time you hear the singing, it’s already too late.
In the beginning, I could understand how some of the characters reacted. Later on, when they knew they were dealing with something otherworldly, I questioned their actions. While you have to suspend your belief in order to enjoy a good horror story, I do feel these characters should have got their acts together sooner. But, what’s a good monster story without some sacrificial lambs.
You won’t hear me complaining about the monster. It was bizarre. And the ending. It was a crazy showdown.
In this novel, the author sets up flawed, human, appealing characters anyone could imagine meeting next door or in the neighborhood pub - and making friends with them. The fact that they seemed so real made all the otherworldly events even more plausible. That, along with how skillfully and carefully he sets up his alternate universe, which remains internally consistent from beginning to end. This story drew me in with an inexplicable set of circumstances, a touch of romance, and again, those characters so real their life seem to breathe from the pages.
The plot flowed beautifully from action to mystery to plot exposition without ever becoming boring, rushing or dragging, and a few twists caught me unawares.
I did have one suggestion for the writer, in the interests of full disclosure. Jumping from scene to scene and POV to POV without any kind of separation did in some instances make me blink and re-read a line to see what was happening. The addition of a small symbol or even an extra line break to denote these shifts would have made useful guide posts. Still, that's a small thing and perhaps only my preference. It did not stop me from fully enjoying the tale.
Note to sensitive readers. This story has some strong language (not gratuitous - people swear in circumstances when you can hardly expect them to do less), some mentions of sex, but nothing even remotely graphic, and quite a bit of violence that is integral to the story and not gratuitous or overly gruesome.
Overall, this is a riveting, interesting, well constructed creep-out guaranteed to leave you shivering. Well done.
The author sets up the first scene perfectly. It caught my attention and had me hooked. But somewhere along the line the author lost me. The fact that the main character, Erin Vanderjagt, is not the kind of character that I envision when I envision a female cop. With all the witnesses, her 'boyfriend,' and others telling her what's going on, she still has no clue. I felt as though her character was a bit of a bitch, and a bitch does not a strong woman make.