The first part of this book feels very akin to The Hills Have Eyes or in the vein of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre where the reader is introduced to a tortured girl in peril, running for her life, a girl whose group of friends stumbled on the wrong backwoods clan of truly gross and creepy wackos. I figured that would be the whole book, but I was wrong.
That is just the beginning.
The book is really interested in what happens next. Where the story really begins is after the final girl survives and wakes up in the hospital to find out that the wrong person has been blamed for her suffering and the deaths of her friends. The horror is still out there. What happens next?
There are many characters at play, which offers a look at how a horrific event like this one spirals out from the point of impact, like cracks in a window, rather than just focusing on the event itself. Though I found this an interesting idea, at times, I did feel that there were almost too many storylines to keep track of, and the story did not transition smoothly between each of them. I sometimes felt lost as to who was who and where the main thrust of the action was headed.
This is an older book, so perhaps stylistically the author has grown, but I found myself getting hung up in the dense descriptions that felt unnecessary and unevenly distributed throughout the book. Sometimes, like in the beginning, there are just so many descriptors and adjectives that I found it almost difficult to keep track of what was going on in the narrative. It was distracting, especially since that style was not consistent. Sometimes the writing was perfectly succinct, so those overly elaborate sections really stood out.
Perhaps this is one of those circumstances of my expectations being a bit too high due to extreme hype for a book, but I just didn’t really see the spark of this one; it was just OK for me.
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