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  • A page turner!! Loved every minute!!

    "I don't believe in ghosts, Jed" "Doesn't matter, because they believe in you." What a story and what a storyteller!! Chuck has an remarkable way of bringing you into a story with people that you feel you know, could live next door to you, and then it begins to twist, small tiny twists that take it to places that you are sure you don't want to go to. But by then you are completely hooked by these characters and what it happening to them even as it makes your skin crawl. The story follows Nate, his artist wife Maddie and their 15 year old son Oliver as their world is changed by the death of Nate's father. Nate's father was abusive and so Nate had broken off all contact with him, but upon his death, the family home is now Nate's for a dollar. Olly is an incredibly sensitive boy who Nate and Maddie feel would benefit from being in a quieter town than the big city so they decide to make the move back into Nate's childhood home even though Nate has serious doubts about all of it. Maddie is a sculptor who is excited to have space to do her art, but as she works she experiences a fugue state and believes some of her works have come to life. Nate has left being a cop for work with the game and fish department, while Olly's therapist describes him as extremely empathic, with the ability to "see" the emotions of people writhing inside of them. At the center of everything is Ramble Rocks Park, where the huge group of rocks and an old mining tunnel are a conduit to the darkness and what wants Olly more than anything. Once you start this journey against the darkness with this family, you are hooked!! Nate, Maddie and Olly are characters with heart, dreams, fears, flaws and a determination to not let the darkness win, so it's hard to put the book down as the story ramps up and up. The way all the different threads are slowly brought together along with the creepy, skin crawling moments and events really cement this book as tops in the horror, science fiction, thriller and mystery genres. Chuck just has a way of bringing all of these genres into a melting pot that makes this a fantastic read on so many different levels, along with commentary on many of the issues and events that are happening in our "real" world. Just a fantastic story and highly recommend it, maybe just with lots of lights on as you read.....!!

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  • The Book of Accidents

    I love "weird" stories. I'm a huge fan of Stephen King and The Twilight Zone and those types of stories. The Book of Accidents (Chuck Wendig) began as a King novel. But (to me) it continued to get stranger and stranger. I'm giving it 2 1/2 stars, and since it is impossible upping it to 3 stars. I want to thank NetGalley and Del Rey for an early copy to review.

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  • More Creepy than Horror

    The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig is a horror novel. My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Nathan and Maddie have left the city with their son, to return to the house in which Nathan was raised. There were so many reasons to return. The price of the house, Nathan's job, Maddie's need for space, and Oliver's need for less "noise". Unfortunately, the house has a lot of bad memories for Nathan, and the ghost of his father may never leave him. He makes a new friend in their closest neighbour, Jed, who is an author of many books referencing strange events, a number of which have occurred in the area. For Maddie, she starts worrying about her art. For some reason her sculptures are starting to become a little more realistic than previous attempts. As well, memories from her past are becoming more vivid. Oliver, too, is having problems. His extreme empathy always make things difficult, but he is finally making some friends, but they are not always what they seem. Oliver is also learning more about himself, and that worries him a bit. Nathan, Maddie and Oliver, all learn that they have moved to a "thin" area, where the borders between worlds can be broken, and often are. Is the supernatural element enough to destroy their family? My Opinions: This book grabbed me at the beginning. There was a lot of character-building as well as location-building, all done very well. The plot was really good. Unfortunately, the descriptions seemed to be unending, and the book often dragged, which for a long book, shouldn't happen if you want to keep readers. However, every time I thought I might want to give up, the story picked up again. I really liked the characters, which were very well defined. I loved Oliver. His empathy was such a great trait. His parents were wonderful. They were a great family. The story is about good and evil, about family and friendship. It is also about bullying and abuse. Wendig took his story to extremes, and covered so many topics, that it was hard to keep track. There was a serial killer, there were multiple universes, ghosts, demons, time travel, supernatural elements and magic, and then there was high school bullying, as well as thoughts on climate change. It was a mish-mash of topics, that "most of the time" made sense. Every now and then it was a little much. So be warned, there's a lot going on....and also it's a big book (I may have mentioned that before). That being said, the plot was really entertaining. It's more of a creepy story than a scary story. The characters were great, and it was worth the read.

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  • What a twisted, wild, mind bending trip!

    Whoa! What the heck did I just read? This was one twisted, wild, mind bending story. I literally could not stop reading it once I started. The characters here are of every variety, each of them exhibiting the good and the bad in so many ways. I was totally caught up in the drama of their lives and the changes they were each facing as they adjusted to them. There was just a touch of something not normal going on and then a trickle of it as my anxiety grew before...boom! And then things got really weird. I LOVED it! This book tossed me from one emotion to the next and kept me on the edge of my seat one minute and recoiling the next. I have never read anything like this before. I was enthralled each step of the way with each new revelation and every bend in the journey. I kept thinking, “How the heck does someone come up with something like this?!” I never once looked away. Good thing I started this early in the morning. After loving everything about this story, I was concerned when I got close to the end. I was thrilled with the last few pages. It was absolutely perfect on every level. This book crosses all types of genre and trope lines. At least for me, it does. I can’t even begin to label it in order to recommend it. It was one of the most unusual books I’ve ever read and it pulled me in completely and refused to let me go.

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  • What If There Were No Accidents?

    With Invasive, Chuck Wendig is already represented on my shelf of favorites: I've now set The Book of Accidents in a prominent place on it. He's got his own style. I see many reviews comparing his books to Stephen King's and Michael Crichton's, but I resist making those comparisons. His books are unique, vary in topics, and stand on their own merits. He's a masterful writer. I enjoy the interplay of contrasts Wendig evokes by sprinkling certain words, quotes, and sayings throughout the text. He makes vague allusions to end times that contribute to a swiftly darkening mood and while dread of impending doom rises, he seeds his paragraphs with slang and humorous words like 'wifty' that keep the reader moored in the innocent and mundane. This book is frightening on many levels, a horror story amplified by science fiction. I'm very grateful to NetGalley and the publisher for the free ARC and the opportunity to review it. This is my honest endorsement, should all those of all the great authors' not be enough for you: it's an original and excellent book!

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