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Author: Andrew Klavan
Genre: Young adult, Thriller
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Expected Publication: November 5, 2013
What should have been an ordinary morning is about to spiral into a day of unrelenting terror.
As a reporter for his high school newspaper, Tom is always on the lookout for an offbeat story. But from the moment he woke up this morning, his own life has been more bizarre than any headline could ever tell.
The streets of his town are suddenly empty and silent. A strange fog has drifted in from the sea and hangs over everything. And something is moving in that fog. Something evil. Something hungry. Closing in on Tom.
Tom's terrified girlfriend Marie says the answers lie at the Santa Maria Monastery, a haunted ruin standing amidst a forest blackened by wildfire. But can he trust her? A voice that seems to be coming from beyond the grave is warning him that nothing is what it seems. "Only one thing is certain: with his world collapsing around him, Tom has only a few hours to recover the life he knew - before he, too, is lost forever in this nightmare city."
What I really enjoyed about Nightmare City was the way the story unfolded. It was slow and methodical. Were introduced to little pieces of the puzzle along with the character Tom and that makes the book that much more exciting since were in the dark as much as he is.
Another thing I liked were the malevolents. They were these Zombie Demons just waiting to tear apart the flesh of poor Tom. Although I didn't find them scary they were creepy and definitely weren't creatures I'd like to mess with if they suddenly were to manifest in front of me.
Lastly, I liked that although the book is short we get to learn about the type of person Tom is through a series of short flashbacks. Now normally these might bug me but in Nightmare City they served a purpose and really helped us sort through the events leading up to when Tom found himself trapped in the fog.
Now although I liked Nightmare City it did have a few small flaws that kept it from being given a higher rating. First, I didn't particularly like Tom. It's not like he was a bad guy or anything I just found him to be almost too wholesome. He actually reminded me of the character Steve from American Dad with that shrill almost nasally voice. I kept imagining that's how he'd sound if he was a real person. Yes he was a good guy and yes his morals were impeccable but also I believe he was naive and blinded by his own wants and desires. Sure his quest for the truth should be admired but he was fooling himself to believe that the truth is the only thing he was after.
Another thing I didn't like was the ending. It came so quickly and barely had any sort of proper wrap up. I wanted to see Tom take down the bastard who made him end up in the Nightmare City in the first place not just Oh well this happened and he might go away for a long time. Also what happened to Marie? Surely she'd be charged as well. I wanted my big dramatic scene of her being cuffed in the middle of pep squad and taken away while Tom looks on knowingly. Was that to much to ask for?
Nightmare City is a great thriller filled with lots of twists, turns and things that go bump in the night. If you're looking for a quick and creepy read without lots of violence and gore than I suggest picking this one up and giving it a go. With that being said, I'll be rating Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan ★★★★.
*Copy reviewed provided by Author. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in an which way for providing them.
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Author Bio & Follow Links
Author Bio & Follow Links
Andrew Klavan is a best-selling, award-winning thriller novelist whose books have been made into major motion pictures. He broke into the YA scene with the bestselling Homelanders series, starting with The Last Thing I Remember.He is also a screenwriter and scripted the innovative movie-in-an-app Haunting Melissa.