As soon as I started reading Cruelty I realized it’s been a LOOOOOONG time since I’ve read a real horror story. I’ve never been a Koontz fan, Saul and Straub were read back when I was a wee little emoticon in my high school glory days, and King hasn’t written what I’d call horror horror in quite some time.
Dictionary.com defines horror as:
“an overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting; a shuddering fear.”
“centered upon or depicting terrifying or macabre events.”
I define it as . . .
and . . .
“Don’t even THINK about f-ing raining while I’m reading this or I will freak the f*&^ out!”
In case you couldn’t read between the lines from the above, this story is of the edge of your seat/nightmare inducing scary variety.
I’m not going to tell you much about what goes down – that’s kind of the entire point of reading a horror novel. I’ll just throw a couple of tidbits out there.
First, the only thing that even comes close to being as scary as a clown is
I may never sleep again.
Second, a good horror story has to have an ample amount of characters because at some point . . .
and it sucks to be able to see who is going to be the next to get whacked from a mile away. Not only did Cruelty provide a plethora of peeps, but backstory and little idiosyncrasies were provided for nearly every single one.
It also doesn’t hurt to throw man’s best friend into the mix. Lorn writes a damn good dog . . .
Hell, I’m pretty sure Ed writes a damn good anything.
As for what is going on and what the end result is going to be????
Yep. I have not a clue, but man is the ride enjoyable. And as for who the real bad guy is? I’m not positive, but I’m fairly certain he has to be a distant relative of this fella . . .
The only complaint I can really make at all? The use of familiar names called to mind other characters. “Duchamp” will only ever be . . .
(I think I did too, Teddy)
and anyone named “Longmire” is automatically . . .
AMEN! Let’s hit it, Walt.
As always, I don’t give Edward Lorn’s books a star rating per his request since we are friends. (Spoiler alert: This one would get 4.) Cruelty was my 7th Lorn read and I am clearly a