This is definitely an interesting book. I enjoyed the first half immensely, although the second half dragged a bit and the ending didn’t quite deliver on the suspense. It’s an atmospheric mystery story that provides quite a bit of frights.
The novel starts off quickly, the author immediately building up a sense of suspense that submerges the reader into a strange, almost psychedelic underworld. This is the book’s strength; the mood, the settings, the descriptions. The characters don’t fare quite as well, since we don’t really get too much about Hopper or Nora, almost to the point where we don’t really know why they were part of the story at all. The protagonist is better developed, a fuller, richer character, but still we don’t identify with him quite as much as I’d have liked.
There are some down-right scary scenes in the book. This is a huge achievement in a book nowadays when we are all so jaded by visual stimuli, so I must congratulate the author on that. The final chapters, however, are disappointing. The huge build up of suspense and horror peter out without any real conclusion. It felt like the author didn’t know just how to tie all the loose ends together into a believable finale. The last chapter in particular, is laughable.
It’s hard to give a proper recommendation on this book. There were a lot of good things about it, but there was also a lot that needed some work. All I can say is try it for yourself and see what you think.