I bought this book straight off the back of finishing ‘The Fourth Monkey‘ by the same author, this book is a predecessor to this, but not the same story.
I really liked the writing style of Barker and wanted to immerse myself into his writing again.
This book was creepy, some parts had me checking under my bed before I went to sleep!
The story revolves around a family, a successful writer, his heavily pregnant wife and daughter, they were like many other families today, money troubles etc, until his wife bought him this journal form an old curiosity shop, it seemed to breathe new life into him and his writing and before you know it, book deals, movie deals and a very promising career.
You get snippets of the diary entries interspearsed with real time action, personally, I prefered the modern day chapters, but, this book would not have been complete without the former.
Strange things start occuring, their lawn suddenly dies, piles of dirt appear in the house, smells ,weird knightmares and little pokey eyes starting at you in the dark….. oh and not forgetting the click click click of long nails that protrude from a very wisesned hand…
Thad McAlister our main male lead and aforementioned writer is amazed how he managed to write such an a frightening book, so easily, it just seemed to flow right through him, was he just realising his true talent or was he being used as a conduit for something more powerful and terryfying.
Things are not going well for the McAlisters…..
If you are of a nervous disposition read this IN THE BROAD DAYLIGHT and not like me, just before lights out!
have fun now!!