So, for those of you who might have experienced the same problem…. Vanish vanished on us. 🙂 It was sent out and the post office apparently forgot where we lived, or even that we had a mailing address so to save time they just decided to write us off which means we did not get the book till about 3 days or so before the tour started.
Luckily for you, I am a fast reader and was able to finish it yesterday. (Tuesday)
I was a little apprehensive to begin with because it came across as a suspense/thriller book. A type that I dolike to read, however I like to wait a LOOONG time in between those because I get spooked easily.
The thing I liked about this book, was that it was a bit scary, living up to its reputation, but at the same time, I had a hard time putting it down at night when I really shouldn’t be reading scary books because they give me weird dreams and I have a VERY vivid imagination.
I had a hard time putting it down because I wanted to see if what I suspected was going to happen actually did in the book. My suspicions were not confirmed because I had the wrong suspicions.
*possible spoiler in next paragraph*
However, as I was reading I did get the sense that I have seen ads for this book made into a movie, such as Mist and Signs meet Ted Dekker or Frank Peretti (just not as scary! lol ). Not necessarily a bad thing, but I felt like I was having bits of deja vu moments while reading the book, or that it has been done before. I am not sure how closely it related to the movie the Mist (I can’t watch them, see the paragraph about me being spooked), but it reminded me of something that has been done already.
Aside from that though, the beginning of this book was easy to get drawn into, and the characters seemed pretty lively. I liked how they interacted for the most part, but there were times where the dialogue between characters seem stilted and did not flow as easily. I say this only because I am critiquing the book from a non-writers point of view.
I liked the book all the way up until the very end where I was left hanging wondering what happened, and what the character did. I won’t tell you what character, or what I was wanting to happen, or what I was expecting to happen (two different things at times, I assure you), but it did make me want to read more of Mr. Pawlik’s books.
If you’d like to check out his books, or his web page, please make sure to check out the following:
*Featured book, Vanish – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1414318936
*New release, Valley of the Shadow – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1414326793
As for other reviews of the same book, make sure to check out these other blogs and see what they have to say. As Levar Burton used to say “You don’t have to take my word for it” . 🙂
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Todd Michael Greene
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Rachel Starr Thomson