A disheveled Clive stands alone in a hospital waiting room. A series of incidences have led him to undergo unnecessary neurosurgery. A voice inside Clive’s head nags him to kill the doctor.
Weeks prior, a murder investigation and an unrelated kayaking excursion set the story’s interlocking events in motion. When a remorseful killer, a bomb-happy psychopath and a mysterious widow spider converge upon Clive, they bring with them destruction and death. Clive must discover who or what is steering his very existence before he, too, is consumed by the carnage around him. With a driven detective following his every step and a vicious killer hiding within his circle of friends, Clive must walk a narrow and dangerous path, teetering between salvation and damnation. He must confront Chester and his own demons. But is he powerless to overcome them? (GoodReads).
We are participating in the What Hides Within Blog Tour here at YAF and WS. Since this is a bit of a horror book, Goosie Mama was going to read it, but life got busy and I did. Friends, I have just relearned that am not the audience for scary books (or books peopled with unlikable characters.) But I bucked up and read this creepy spider book (spiders are creepy period, never mind when they are the potential bad guys!)
Absurdity: 2. this seems like a basic murder mystery tinged with paranormal. But there is an entire section about a terrible doctor and a dirty hospital, too. YUCK, why? an extra two points for that absurdity.
Originality: 5. Murder mystery in Fall River ( hey, Rhode Island!) + spiders +mind control + moms dying of cancer. I am not kidding, all of that is in this book! This score reflects this combo.
Level of Paranormal Romance: 2. Clive is a bit sleezy so romance doesn't really factor in here.
Level of Harry-Potterness: 3. This was not my favorite read- I know you don't have to like a main character to like a book (as John Green often points out re: Catcher in the Rye) but I did not like Clive. He is like a character out of Office Space-- disengaged, slightly homophobic and misogynistic, and lazy. This is a book for people who like their characters dark and murders grizzly.
FTC Full Disclosure: I received a review copy as part of the blog tour. We do not accept or receive compensation for reviews at YAF and WS.