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I found this book really quite scary, but I do hate when people say the system failed them. Is the "system" supposed to take care of you from cradle to death? At some point one is responsible for choices.
It's a slow burn but it did keep my interest all the way through. Not quite as visceral as The Cabin at the End of the World but still intriguing enough to keep me turning the pages.
Paul Tremblay's Disappearance at Devil's Rock is terrifying if you happen to be the mother of a son. Mine is twenty, and the way the author wrote Tommy and friends- the boys at the center of the disappearance- felt as true to me as anything I've ever read written in a teen voice. Elizabeth, the mother, and Kate, the younger sister, also ring so true that this bedrock of believably helps propel the subtle paranormal undertones of the story. The ending is crushingly predictable, yet satisfying.
Incredible characterization, spot-on depictions of the teen and pre-teen protagonists, and a riveting story. Yes, it's a bit slow at times, but in a weird way that's part of the book's appeal. It's not a race to the finish but a careful unwrapping of the layers within layers of this mystery. I was reminded of Stranger Things at times, interestingly. Yet despite some supposedly supernatural elements, Tremblay”s story is a very real one with a very real resolution.
A disappointment after A Head Full of Ghosts.
This one focuses on the wrong characters and expects us to believe the boys capable of behaviour that clashes with what we are shown earlier in the book.
I was underwhelmed by this one - like cool twists but there was something missing to make it super thrilling. So it was okay, but there's far better in this genre.
I read about half of this book hoping something exciting, or even interesting would happen. It didn't. It is not a 'compulsive page turner'. It did not keep me up all night. I could put it down, and did.
Although this story built slowly, it was ultimately creepy and frightening if you're a parent or can imagine being one. It's so typical of kids that they seem to be incapable of telling the whole, truthful story. It has to be drawn from them slowly and painfully over a long time. I guess being a kid make you automatically secretive and a bit stupid. But, if kids were completely open & honest about their lives and thoughts, all parents would be insane.
Another creepy, disturbing, and tightly plotted novel from Paul Tremblay, author of the terrific A Head Full of Ghosts. Tremblay blends together elements of horror, psychological thriller, and straight-up crime fiction. In his newest book, Tommy, a 13 year-old boy goes missing in the middle of the night while hanging out with his friends at a local landmark they've nicknamed Devil's Rock. While his mother and sister try to understand what is happening, pages from Tommy's diary start to mysteriously appear in the centre of their living room floor. Meanwhile, other residents of the town start to report a shadowy figure peering into their windows at night. Tommy's friends, Luis and Josh, begin to waver in their original account of what happened on the night of the disappearance. Soon connections start to emerge between the diary pages, the death of Tommy's father many years earlier, and a terrifyingly unhinged young man named Arnold.
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Fourteen-year-old Tommy Sanderson has vanished without a trace; he wandered into the woods of Borderland State park, home to the cursed “Devil’s Rock”, and never walked out. As Tommy’s mother, Elizabeth, frantically searches for answers, she begins being visited by an indistinct figure during the middle of the night and then pages from Tommy’s journal begin to appear on the floor of their home. The entries lead Elizabeth deeper and deeper into Tommy’s life and, soon, she realizes, that perhaps the son she knew so well, she may have never known at all. One thing is for certain, not a single person is prepared for the truth about what happened that night; the night Tommy disappeared at Devil’s Rock….
Paul Tremblay has done it again. I was very open to the fact that I loved A Head Full of Ghosts and my feelings were no different with this novel. Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, the newest novel by Paul Trembley, was a flawless blend of supernatural horror, psychological suspense and a bit of crime fiction. It truly had a little bit of everything rolled up into one addicting read that packs a serious punch.
I am normally a huge fan of fast-paced, heart-racing thrillers. This novel, initially, was much slower than I was anticipating. The first chapters were antagonizing to read; painfully slow. As we move through the beginning (which focuses on Tommy’s disappearance and into the initial moments of the police investigation) I found myself continuously wanting to put this book down. I felt drained as I was reading. However, as soon as mysterious events began to unfold and Tommy’s journal entries begin making their appearance, I found myself reading faster and faster. I was so glad I continued reading. Trembley does a brilliant job at dropping breadcrumbs, building suspense and then taking the reader on a complete ride.
This one is narrated completely differently from other novels in this genre. We have perspectives from Elizabeth, the grieving mother. Tommy’s sister, Kate, gets a voice as she struggles to help her family and deal with her own grief. We hear from the small town officer leading the case (who knows the family personally). Tommy’s best friends, Josh and Luis, speak to the events that happened that night. And, the best part, we get to hear from Tommy through his diary pages.
Like Tremblay’s last work, the novel went into so many different directions. It focused firmly on the supernatural element and then switched gears to something completely different. I’m not really 100% sure where the horror element in this novel kicked in; I didn’t find myself “chilled” or particularly scared throughout any part of the novel. And if I’m being completely honest, I wasn’t completely sold on the ending of this one; I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted but I know that I felt significantly underwhelmed.
Nonetheless, Tremblay is a master storyteller and this one is worth the read! If you are looking for a pure supernatural horror, this one may be one to skip; however, if you are on the search for a book filled with suspense and gives off eerie elements, then look no further! This one would be for you!
Meh. It was OK. The ending sucked. I didn't find it a "can't put it down book." I actually had to renew it a couple of times in order to get it finished.