Friday, February 10, 2012

Review: Enter, Night

Title: Enter, Night
Author: Michael Rowe
Source: Netgalley

Synopsis from Amazon:
The year is 1972. Widowed Christina Parr, her daughter Morgan, and her brother-in-law Jeremy have returned to the remote northern Ontario mining town of Parr''s Landing, the place from which Christina fled before Morgan was born, seeking refuge. Dr. Billy Lightning has also returned in search of answers to the mystery of his father's brutal murder. All will find some part of what they seek-and more. Built on the site of a decimated 17th-century Jesuit mission to the Ojibwa, Parr''s Landing is a town with secrets of its own buried in the caves around Bradley Lake. A three-hundred-year-old horror slumbers there, calling out to the insane and the murderous for centuries, begging for release-an invitation that has finally been answered. One man is following that voice, cutting a swath of violence across the country, bent on a terrible resurrection of the ancient evil, plunging the town and all its people into an endless night. "Enter, Night is so rich and assured it''s hard to believe it''s Michael Rowe''s first novel. In its propulsive depictions of deeply sympathetic characters converging on a small town in the grip of gathering horrors, it skillfully brings to mind the classic works of Stephen King and Robert McCammon. But the novel''s breathtaking, wholly unexpected and surprisingly moving conclusion heralds the arrival of a major new talent. Michael Rowe is now on my must-read list.

My review:
I am not a fan of scary stories at all.  I thought this book sounded really good and interesting, so I requested it.  It did not disappoint.  It was not scary really, more just kind of creepy.  However, I did avoid reading it at night.  The book was well written.  I had a little bit of trouble following the storyline when it changed narrators and the year, but it was fine after you got to know the characters.  I wish the author had went a little bit more in depth about the "before" story and those characters.  I definitely recommend this book, even if you don't like scary or "creepy" books.

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