185 Amazon pages
Rating 3 stars our of 5 Posted 2/20/2016
Jared Dix is the typical eighteen year old nerdy high school graduate. His low self-esteem and desire to be left alone causes him to be backward and self-defeating. The author quickly pulls the reader inside Jared's head and establishes a bond with the likable but underrated main character.
Jared's life is soon invaded by Monica and changed forever. She reveals a sinister past history of Jared's family's home, Jared feels the effects of a horrific incident that occurred in his home's basement fifty-four years or six-hundred-sixty-six lunar cycles earlier. The changes that are wrought on Jared's family are cruel and devastating and are played out with glee by the evil perpetrators.
The plot is dark and frightening and certainly held my interest. The central characters are well developed.
I enjoyed the story, but at the end I felt the neighbor, Mrs. Raiola, pulled conclusions out of thin air to bring the ending full circle for Monica.
There are many editing issues in The Blackening of Flesh. There are missing, extra, misspelled and wrong words used. It may not be a major flaw for some readers, but if it is a big issue for you be aware that occasional errors are abundant.
The author also used many words that were new to me, causing me to stop reading to check the meaning with the dictionary function. That only pulled me away from my involvement in the plot. Some of the words used stretched the definitions to the breaking point when considering the situations they were used in. Names of people I never heard of were also common; they were used to make comparisons in the scene as if everyone should be aware of them. I did not take the time to search for who they were.
Those who detest cursing and sexual situations take note. There is ample cursing by the characters and one scene where the father raped his daughter, or whoever they've become.
Formatting issues. Chapter titles are aligned incorrectly; they tag onto the last sentence of the previous chapter. Certainly not a major issue, but something the author needs to fix for a professional look.
Many times dialog from two characters are on the same line with no space between the quotation marks of each sentence. It's hard to know when the dialog changes from one person to another.
Several fragmented sentences used in a row made no sense.
There are continuity issues where timeframes given in one scene changed in another.
The plot of The Darkening of Flesh is good but the writing needs professional editing.
Rating – 3 stars out of 5.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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