Saturday, January 21, 2012
Author John Connolly frightens seven bells out of The Bookman
First up I have to say that the story is wonderfully constructed and the characterisation superb with the whole thing moving along at a breathless pace. But then I have to add that it is one of the scariest books I have ever read, peopled with unbelievably wicked characters,(arguably the most evil bunch of characters in contemporary fiction), and their ghastly murderous deeds. .The book is way out there beyond Stephen King at his most terrifying. If you like to be frightened then this is the book for you, part ghost story, part thriller, totally compelling, truly awful. You have been warned.
I read the book in Hodder's marvellous flipback edition. I am a huge fan of these, perfect for travelling or commuting because they slip easily into a pocket or handbag. Check them out at www.flipbackbooks.com
Hodders have published some 18 titles available so far in this appealing new format and have plans for many more. Included among the authors published so far are John Le Carre, James Frey, David Mitchell, Jodi Picoult and Jeffery Deaver.