I've managed to succumb to peer pressure: this is my blog's first official book review. Expect many more, as I'm a readaholic. Coral Russell thought reviewing might help feed my addiction. So far, so good. To the meat of the matter...
NIGHTCRY - Gregory M. Thompson
3.5 stars (translation=above average, recommended)
The story begins with the gruesome discovery of a dead body in the woods...and I do mean gruesome. From the beginning couple of pages, I wondered if this would be a story I could stomach. I'm glad I continued. The story went on to detail a small town reporter's struggle to understand the supernatural, which had plagued his family for generations, as well as solve a murder mystery. There were a couple of times when I thought, just maybe, the ghost did it. If you want a nice piece of brain candy to munch on, give Nightcry a try. The prose was plain, but the story was fast-paced and interesting. There seemed to be a general theme of family developing in this story, but it was more the karma you inherit from your family rather than anything touchy-feely.
The cons? Two. 1.)The editing could have used a grammar/OCD nut like myself. One star off for editing because it made for muddy readability in places. 2.)The main character seems to be middle-aged, but occasionally he makes the sort of remarks you would expect out of a teenager with either slightly inappropriate humor or bits that refer to the character's mother a bit too often. So minus a half a star for inconsistent characterization.
Overall, a fun, quick read. Will be interested in what he comes up with next.