Review: Vengeance of the Wolf by Solitaire ParkeMonday, May 28, 2012
SYNOPSIS: Detective John Yardley and FBI agent, Frank Williams are on a quest. They are determined to stop a manipulative, unknown mass murderer, whose targets seem to be specific politicians in a bizarre and maniacal killing spree...one that draws them into a world of dreams and nightmares beyond their wildest imaginations. Awaiting them are unbelievable terrors, chilling twists and turns, and a scope of destruction that they would never have believed possible.
The author gave me this book in exchange for an honest review two weeks ago and I finished it three days ago. I don't usually read books in such a slow pace so that's saying something, I guess.
The whole concept of the book and how the killer uses dream worlds to make his victims suffer even more was really interesting, though. Picking through the killer's head, figuring out how he thinks and what he'll do next was also quite a treat. The story was told in different POVs, but it still flowed naturally and you still have a clear idea of the plot. All the other characters had their own specific purpose and contributed to how the story went; there weren't any annoying prop characters or anything like that, but some characters had more personality than others.
The book was very morbid and haunting, with scenes described with full detail, it's as if you were there. Which, in this case, is slightly bad for the reader but good for the book. This psychological thriller is action packed, but so slow paced and I almost dozed off a few times. Some scenes did give me goosebumps, but it didn't made my skin crawl or anything. I did like that the author added lines from nursery rhymes here and there. It added an extra creep factor to the whole thing. The ending was very unexpected but it was one of the best parts of the book; it really gave me the jeevies.
The story is nicely written, it flows well, and the plot is realistic, but I wasn't really content with the book as a whole. It felt somewhat lacking. I guess I expected that the book would give me sleepless nights and buddy system-ed trips to the bathroom, but that didn't happen. I don't know, I honestly thought that it wasn't that scary. But that's just me.
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