By Patrick Lacey
Patrick’s story about an evil pop star starts off strong. It’s an intriguing premise: songs with insidious and catastrophic effects on the audience. I usually like books with similar themes to this one, which is why I surprised myself by not enjoying this one. I think that my main problem with it was the pacing. After the strong start, the narrative stalls. I can enjoy “slow burn” horror as much as the next person, but this one runs in place a little too much for my liking. I really had no other problem with it; good premise, decently drawn characters, and an interesting plot. However, here is the bottom line: this book did not pass my “closed book test.”
Let me explain.
Even when reading short stories, I can rarely finish in one sitting. I do not like this, but this is life yes? Anyway, when life interrupts my reading, I usually (always) sigh loudly, then insert a bookmark and put the book down. This is when the closed book test begins. How much am I bothered by the closed book? How much do I NEED to know what happens next? This is my main consideration when quantifying a story’s value.
I’d recommend Lacey’s Where Stars Won’t Shine for a better example of what Lacey is capable of. But if you want to try this one, it is released from Grindhouse Press.
Review by Jason Cavallaro
I was sent a copy by Grindhouse Press for review consideration