Thursday, October 14, 2010

Night Shade


John Saul
399 pgs
Ballentine Books

An evil sick being is beating an innocent toddler.  The poor baby is trying to retreat into herself, but the blows hurt too much and she cries out.  The sick monster isn’t through with the torment.  The baby is brought to the cellar and locked in a cedar chest where she’s told to cry and scream all she wants now….

Matt Moore is a happy vibrant teenager.  Popular, on the football team, pretty girlfriend, he’s on his way to an awesome future.  Then his Grandmother moves in.  She suffers from Alzheimer’s and after nearly burning herself and her home down, his mom Joan brings her to their home.  There’s one problem, his gram is a bitter nasty hag.  She refers to him as “Joan’s bastard”, and is all around horrid to his mom.  His step-dad, Bill Hapgood, one of the towns elite, wants his mother-in-law in a home, what she’s doing to his family is straining his marriage and he can’t take it.
His stepdad winds up leaving because of the situation and Matt is hurt.  Bill is the only father he has ever known for the past 10 years, and all his mom can say in offer of an explanation is “but she’s my mother.”  Soon Matt starts suffering from blackouts.  Then there’s a terrible accident with Bill, followed by his grandma and girlfriend Kelly going missing.  What evil is lurking in that room that his grandmother insisted be made to look like the exact replica of his dead Aunt Cynthia’s….
Saul weaves a good tale.  I wasn’t shaking in my boots, but I enjoyed the suspense.

3 cannolis


  1. WOW! That looks good. Was it too graphic?

    By the way - every time I visit I'm struck by your blog. It's elegant & simple - absolutely perfect!!

  2. I think this one would make me mad but in a good way, will check it out.

    Have you read Horns by Joe Hill? I want to try Heart-Shaped Box, look forward to your review.

  3. @ Marce, I haven't read Horns yet, but Heart Shaped Box was off the hook good!!

    Gina, it really wasn't too graphic for me, it was there but not horrific. Then again I may be numb to it ;)

  4. Great review Paula! This sounds like a creepy book: Instead of being really scared you just keep thinking about it with a shudder.

    Hope all is well. We are out on the left coast in Vancouver.
    Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
    twitter: @fangswandsfairy


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