Sunday, April 23, 2017

Spring into Horror Readathon Book 1

The HarvestThe Harvest by Scott Nicholson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was one of my choices for the #SpringHorror readathon I was planning on reading. I have never read anything by Scott Nicholson, and this promised to be a fun horror story. Truth be told, it really was hard for me to actually finish this book. The characters are one dimensional at best. This is a big problem when the whole story depends on your feelings for these fictional people who are going through something very bizarre in their lives. And their very lives are on the line. The heroes themselves are never really fleshed out, and in doing so, you don't really care much about them at all. As I was going through the book, after reading the graphical demise of different characters, I felt myself uncaring and emotionless, and was essentially wondering where is this going to lead? and when? Hopefully soon. Finally, near the last 4 chapters, there was an attempt at resolution to the problem and some actually very good action scenes. I found it very hard to focus on the story and found the cast of characters, needlessly, too high in number. Even though the author seemed to go through great lengths to gross the reader out, which I thought was done well, I was treated to a great visual climax, which proved the author can keep my attention in his writing style. If you can get through the first 3/4 of the book, you may like this story. The book could have been so much more, but it seemed to want to be many things at once and failed in doing so. There are very few writers that can master that kind of storytelling. I will still give this book a 3 stars, and recommend it to a select audience, after all, it was a fun horror story.

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