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The Fallen Boys Paperback – Oct 2 2012
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“House of Sighs grabs you from page one and displays moments of real brilliance. It's fast, scary and disturbing.”
—Nate Kenyon, author of Bloodstone and Sparrow Rock
Marshall Deakins has tried to come to terms with the tragic suicide of his young son. But it still tortures him. His search for answers will lead him down a twisted path paved with secrets and grotesque lies. Instead of peace he finds madness, held captive as part of a deranged plan filled with suffering…and blood. As the nature of his captors’ insanity is revealed, Marshall will need to confront the truth about his son and his own past if he hopes to have a future.
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If you like your scares based in the real world (no ghosts, vampires or zombies to be found) pick this up. You thank/hate me for it.
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Honestly, as I was reading I was wondering why so many reviews were making such a big deal out of the gore level. It wasn’t any worse than most horror novels I’ve read and most of the terror came from real life fears. Sure, what happens was heartbreaking and tragic but what wimps these other people must be, thought I, all smug and desensitized. But then, just as I was feeling like nothing would ever bother me again (and wondering if the problem might be me), I was hit with some truly disturbing images and a despair that doesn’t ever let you go. Yep, it’s gross, it’s horribly disturbing and it’s all up in your face. Everything they said before me? It’s true.
I’m not going to ruin the plot mainly because I’m just too lazy. I’ll just say it’s about love, family, grief and all of the ugly emotions that’ll tear you apart. And then throw in a madman or two and some flesh eating piggies and a giant Mason jar that'll give you nightmares.
This was a rough read, I cannot lie, and it took me weeks to finish. Not because the writing was awful (it wasn’t) or because the character were jerks (the innocents were not) but because it was so incredibly bleak. I think I’m the one getting wimpy because I had to take breaks even before the atrocities and body horror smacked me in the face. There’s only so much despair one can take in a sitting . . .
Deeply imbedded in The Fallen Boys are themes of the relationship between father and son. Lies and secrets. Not to mention the religious justification for evil. But in Dries' world there is no hope and certainly no light at the end of the tunnel. The author willingly takes a knife to typical reader expectations, as was evident in his previous book House of Sighs. When reading Dries' work, it is a mistake to expect to know where the story is taking you and an even bigger error to hope for a peaceful, or perhaps even an emotionally "satisfactory", resolution. On one level I was angered by The Fallen Boys - disgusted by the sadism of its villains - but on the other hand I find my mind returning to some of its imagery and the sensation of terror that gripped me during the process of reading it.
There is no denying Dries' ability to build gut-wrenching suspense and interminable dread. Many readers will have to put this book down. Others will choose to endure the pain expressed in its pages. But for anyone seeking a novel that dares to venture where others do not, then I can only recommend that you spend some time with The Fallen Boys.