A crawl through a scary landscape *****
By Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt
The idea of having a ‘passenger’ living in and using someone’s body isn’t new, but the execution – it is always clear who is in control and why – was so compelling in the book sample that even if the rest of the book had been blank, I would have been satisfied. The main character, James, knows what he is – an unpredictable monster – and made me want to know more because he is clearly a monster with a conscience.
There is a huge underlying world that gets explained as it affects the story, but can’t possibly be completely comprehended. As each piece of the story is added, the pieces connect. Given the situation and the world, the plot makes an eerie sense.
I particularly liked the way a few words of description were enough to sketch a huge urban landscape of decaying buildings and plausible locations – one often wonders about the shadowy world of stripmalls and commercial real estate because so much could be hidden there.
Surprisingly, there was also a warmth to the characters that developed carefully when James is trying to make the best choices that he can.
Thank you, Alice. You summed up exactly what I was trying to do, and you made me feel like I succeeded.