Okay, that’s a lie. It’s pretty horrific for a thriller. I’m talking blood, slashers, more blood, chase scenes, Michael Myers costumes, and yet more blood. But it’s not straight-up Horror so I’m putting in the Not-So-Horrific category.
It’s also a quick, compelling read, so you might even finish it before the big day tomorrow!
Manderley, an expensive luxury hotel, is in the final stages of preparation before its grand opening. Several employees are inside the building. There’s also an unexpected early guest–a knife-wielding murderer who takes out the employees one by one. And all the while, a mysterious first-person narrator is watching everything on Manderley’s state of the art security system.
It’s a very complex book stylistically–the formatting of a page will sometimes reflect all of the many things going on in different cameras, to different characters. Black humor and a love story play out against the gory backdrop.
Really, I’m not kidding you. Gory. Blood in the elevators, bodies in the bathtubs, bits of employee strewn around various rooms. But even so, the characters are wonderful and the story is so compelling you get past it.
The narrator is revealed slowly over the course of the story. As the story unfolds and you learn more about the narrator and his background, as well as his present circumstances, you realize how elegant and original the “twist” is.
Enjoy, and see you tomorrow, pals! I’m putting candy out again this year, so come on down to the library!