A stuttering start to this novel was never going to deter me, an avid reader. Sure I gave up three chapters in to “Being and Nothingness” but I can normally hang in there. I did in this case. So glad that I did.
This is one of the best horror novels I have read in many a long year, perhaps one of the best ever.
Mr Tremblay uses the voice of his own daughter and her inner thoughts so effectively as Meredith “Merry” that I could almost imagine myself back at that age, with slipping concentration and focus seeing things differently than all the older people around me and not really fully involved in this waiting world. Parents, so different from an emerging mind, that they are almost alien. Only her “possessed” sister is at all relatable to this young girl.
I will tell you little more about the story other than to say that this is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Enjoyable from start to finish, clever, engrossing and with a view that few other writers would be able to achieve.
I will be checking out other books from this author as soon as I am finished tying this.
A Horror Classic in my opinion.