Author: Larry Rodness
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Paranormal
Rating: 1 Star (DNF)
It’s October 31, and insurance agent Alexander Malefant is sent to picturesque Elora during its annual Halloween festival. No sooner does Alexander arrive than he witnesses the near-drowning of a boy bobbing for apples. Shortly after that, a group of children are attacked by crows. Later that evening, all the children in the village suddenly disappear. Soon, every person becomes a suspect as residents frantically try to discover what happened to the children. Who or what is behind these disappearances, and can they get the children back before it’s too late?
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
I really wanted to like October 32nd by Larry Rodness. I Found the narrative voice personal and contemplative, and I thought, “this is going great!” But the farther I got into the book, the more the slow pace of the narrative felt like it was dragging. Not that I don’t appreciate the atmosphere, but 22 pages into the story, nothing had happened. I grew bored and started to skim, wondering when the story was going to begin.
And that’s it – the book wasn’t terrible, but it didn’t draw me in. I didn’t care about the main character, and I wasn’t interested in what was happening in the town. I think the book just missed the mark with it’s pacing and I don’t want to have to push myself into reading something I’m bored by. The book just wasn’t for me.