After reading some very good reviews, and being a fan of horror/ghost stories and the like, I thought I'd give "Abiding Evil" a go. The first part was very good - it set the scene well, and I grew to really like the character of Jon. It was also rather frightening in some places.
It was the second part that I felt the book go wrong:
Firstly - too much dialogue. Pages, and pages of dialogue. Dialogue at the expense of narrative, description, scene setting. Some of it utterly inane.
Secondly - the characters didn't grip me. A certain character was almost so nasty and detached it seemed to me that he was done that way to be the guy we all wanted to be killed. Others were just dull. There was also far too many of them.
Thirdly - the villain was dreadful. What started off well turned into.. well I'm not sure what it turned into, to be honest. I just know it was awful.
Fourthly - certain parts of the story were either too all over the place (I think the author envisioned it be "cinematic" but the execution wasn't there), or unbelievable. One guy gets killed and no one seems to really care. The 'discovering the backstory' was a bit a) too convenient and b) too quickly done. Also most of the story is set over a day/a day-and-a-half and as such there's not much chance for a slow burning release of information. Because of this the tension needed to make it a scary novel never really got off the ground.
A very mediocre novel. Started off well but poor execution caused it to fall flat.
Abiding Evil (英語) ペーパーバック – 2007/5/31
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Throughout a science-biased education and subsequent years employed in graphic design and web site development, Alison Buck has all the while been scribbling away, committing her stories to disc. Although, as a rule, she concerns herself with apparently quite normal, everyday characters, populating what appear to be quite normal and everyday surroundings, the events and dangers they encounter are rarely commonplace; Alison's can be very dark, unsettling tales. However, while the origin of these often menacing undercurrents in her stories is unclear, Alison assures us that it is completely at odds with the happy and relatively menace-free family life she enjoys with her wonderful family in Kent.
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