I have always contended that the scariest stories of all contain no supernatural monsters; instead, the scariest stories are those about the monstrous sides of mankind. This book is a prime example. This book was completely riveting in every single aspect. First off, I loved the character of Catherine. She is so much stronger than she realizes, and I enjoyed seeing her grow through her journey. It was also quite interesting to me to watch her open herself back up to others, learning once again how to relate to the world and people around her. I found her thought processes fascinating, and have to admit at times I was unsure if her version of reality was the truth.
Similarly, I loved the storytelling in this novel. For a large portion of the book, we switch time frames from Catherine's past relationship with Lee to her present dealings with all the fallout. I found this to be a very helpful storytelling technique, and it helped keep the timeline straight for me. Often the improper use of this technique can confuse the story, but in this case it is very well done. I found myself feeling terrorized at a few points in the book, the fear and the darkness was that beautifully conveyed. Through all the terror, I was unable to stop reading. In a word, I was hooked.
Steadfast readers of thrillers will like it, though may find it a bit predictable. As an occasional reader of thrillers, however, I simply loved it. While not the most original storyline, it was well written and engaging. I think it certainly will have mass appeal, and makes for a great summer read.
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