Dead Lines – A Book Review

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Copyright: 2004

Rating: 5/5

My Synopsis:

Peter Russel has suffered much loss. He has lost his daughter and now, his best friend, Phil has passed away as well. After his best years of making low-budget horror films and movies with a lot of nudity but no actual sex have faded away, Peter decides that he should invest in a friend of a friend’s newest venture. He never expects just how much investing in a new type of cell phone company will change his life forever…

My Opinion:

I’ve always said that this was my favorite book, but after not reading it for years, I began to wonder if there was still any truth to this fact. Now after reading Dead Lines again, I can honestly say that it is my favorite book ever! Greg Bear is able to deliver a truly creepy and thought-provoking novel, something that’s not always the easiest thing to do.

Even though this book was written over ten years ago, Dead Lines is still great. With how much we depend on technology today, it really does make you question things. This is by far the best ghost story I’ve ever read. Bear makes you feel as if there really is the possibility of the supernatural.

This story is more than just a ghost story. The way that Bear portrays the characters is truly amazing. He talks about a mourning father, a bitter ex-wife who is trying her best, a somewhat lost twin sister who has lost her only sibling, the issue of greed, murder, and the search for answers. This novel’s imagery and plot is brilliant and I highly recommend that anyone who loves a good, frightening story read Dead Lines!

Nathaniel – A Book Review

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Copyright: 1984

Rating: 5/5

Once again John Saul delivers a great piece of writing!

My Synopsis:

When Michael and his mother, Janet, visit Michael’s grandparents in Prairie Bend, they don’t plan on staying long. However, they soon find that they are in for much more than they bargained for. From rumors of ghosts to secrets that go way back, the town is much less welcoming than it first appears. Soon, Michael and his mother are facing situations that they never thought they’d have to face.

My Opinion:

Nathaniel managed to be even better than John Saul’s The Unwanted! Nathaniel is, while it may sound like a cliché, a definite page turner. Nathaniel is full of suspense and you soon see that Saul is willing to do what many authors aren’t. At times, you’re not completely sure what characters to root for or which ones you can trust. Nathaniel is filled with great characters and creepy plot lines.

After reading The Unwanted and Nathaniel, John Saul has become my third favorite author. For someone who’s pretty picky about what they read, I must say that I love the way he writes. His writing style is amazing and he manages to make each book different. While there are some similarities between the books in the way that he writes them, I don’t feel that Nathaniel sounded too similar to The Unwanted when I read it. Each book was unique and fresh.

I highly, highly recommend you read this book. If anyone has read it, or decides to, I’d love to hear what you think!

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The Unwanted – A Book Review

It’s time again to take a break from writing about anxiety (though I did just get my blood drawn and got a little anxious afterward), and write another book review! I just finished The Unwanted by John Saul and man, was it good!

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Copyright: 1987

Rating: 5/5

My Synopsis:

Cassie Winslow is forced to move back where she was born when a horrible accident occurs. Right from the beginning, Cassie finds it hard being accepted by her classmates. Her father, who she doesn’t often get to see, is happy to now have Cassie living with him. His daughter, Jennifer also looks forward to having a step-sister. Rosemary, Cassie’s stepmother, tries to accept Cassie but doesn’t find it to be the easiest thing to do.

Miranda is a woman that many people in Cape Cod consider to be a witch. No one talks to Miranda and people try to avoid eye contact with the woman at all costs. However, when Cassie arrives in the town, she finds herself oddly drawn to the woman.

Meanwhile, Eric Cavanaugh is the Winslow’s next door neighbor. His home life is difficult to say the least, but he is fairly popular in school. What will happen when Cassie and Eric meet and how does Miranda play into it all?

My Opinion:

This book was great! From beginning to end, John Saul uses clear imagery. There aren’t a lot of books where I feel that I can truly get lost in them, but this was one of them. The characters were described excellently and I really felt as if I got to know them. I loved the character of Cassie and I love how Saul manages to keep his readers guessing until the very end.

This book is advertised as terrifying but I consider it more along the lines of eerie. It has a lot of creepy scenes and it’s definitely gruesome at times, but there was never a moment where I felt like I jumped out of my skin. However, I did think that it had just the right amount of horror to it.

Many of you may know that I have the bad habit of not finishing books. It’s not that I don’t love reading, it’s just that it takes a really good book to hold my attention and to keep me wanting more. I couldn’t put this book down and I probably would have read it a lot faster if the typing wasn’t so small (I know that makes me sound old, but it’s kind of tiny)!

I strongly suggest that you guys read this book, especially if you like horror stories or want to read a book that’s not too scary, but creepy enough. The Unwanted has a great plot, great twists, and great characters. If any of you read this or have read it in the past, please feel free to let me know what you think!

I seriously almost don’t know how to describe how good this book was. It was well written and honestly, really, really interesting!