Sunday, December 23, 2018

Review: Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry

Author: Jonathan Maberry
Publisher: Pinnacle
Date of publication: June 2006
Evil Doesn't Die
The cozy little town of Pine Deep buried the horrors of its past a long time ago. Thirty years have gone by since the darkness descended and the Black Harvest began, a time when a serial killer sheared a bloody swath through the quiet Pennsylvania village. The evil that once coursed through Pine Deep has been replaced by cheerful tourists getting ready to enjoy the country's largest Halloween celebration in what is now called "The Spookiest Town in America."
It Just Grows Stronger
But then--a month before Halloween--it begins. Unspeakably desecrated bodies. Inexplicable insanity. And an ancient evil walking the streets, drawing in those who would fall to their own demons and seeking to shred the very soul of this rapidly fracturing community. Yes, the residents of Pine Deep have drawn together and faced a killer before. But this time, evil has many faces--and the lust and will to rule the earth. This struggle will be epic.
Ghost Road Blues was a random library pick.  I have been in the mood for a really good horror story.  Unfortunately, I'm not sure this one fits that bill.  The story involves the small town of Pine Deep that is notorious for being haunted.  Halloween is a big deal for the town.  As the town gears up for it's celebration, danger comes to town in the form of bank robbers and a serial killer.

So from what I have read about other people's experience with this book. it't not great, but is more of a set up for the rest of the trilogy.  For the most part, I liked it enough to keep reading.  It wasn't really a horror book, but more of a thriller.  It's definitely full of graphic violence.  There are hints of something supernatural, but they aren't fully fleshed out. I'm wondering if this is a case of a trilogy that could have been cut down to be a duology.  

The main characters were interesting and ones I want to root for.  I liked Crow and Mike the most.   The villains were equally un-likable.  The book did drag in the middle but was saved by the last act that had me riveted.  I should warn that there is some graphic child abuse, i.e a teen getting the crap beat out of him by an the book.  I should have a review of the second book up really soon.

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