It was a bit of a fluke, reading Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay right after reading The Demonologist, because in the latter you have a father searching for his daughter, and in the former, a mother is searching for her son. Although both are considered horror they were extremely different from each other, even with the plot similarity, but nonetheless it was pretty interesting to read different takes on this topic back to back.
This book was quite well done, with a story that was layered with questions and possibilities, and although it started simply with three boys going out into the woods and only two returning, it slowly grew more complicated. There were a few creepy scenes and a few disturbing ones, and although I didn’t really find it scary, it did bounce back and forth between ghost story, mystery and thriller, and I love it when a story keeps you guessing.
There were only two things that I would really complain about that threw off the flow of reading for me (and for me, that’s kind of a biggie, don’t mess with the flow, dudes). One, was the occasional use of words and pop culturey things that were immediately followed by explanations, as if the writer was expecting readers who needed the added context for what kids today are talking about, when I think it could have been either skipped or just worded a little less pedantically. For example, in one case one of the kids calls another kid “Brah” and there was an explanation after about how this is how he pronounced the word “Bro”. It really didn’t need explaining. The other thing was that it occasionally felt like it was meant to be a screenplay, with parts of the story using colons after names and before dialog to show who was talking, and although this was probably meant to simplify, it just kind of bugged me since it wasn’t used consistently.
However, those two, incredibly nit picky things aside (I think I have a streak of wanna be editor in my head – please don’t tar and feather me!) the book was solid, and the details of the story linger with you. There are some truly haunting images here, and the slightly twisty story arc that Tremblay really excels at. So, if the two books mentioned at the start were going head to head, I think Tremblay has it, folks.
Have you read these books? Care to compare or share your thoughts?
This weeks challenge update:
- Blog post 44/52 – Eight left!
- Writing in the screenplay – probably not…
- Drawing – and likely not…
- Feet writing & drawing – Done. 🙂