Book Reviews

Shiftling

One summer in 1985, the funfair came to the sleepy rural town of Ashthorpe, and with it the smells of hot dogs and candy floss, the allure of magicians and the Big Wheel, and the sounds of young girls giggling. But what promised to be the highlight of the season for a band of teenage boys soon turns to tragedy.

Years later, when Drew receives a mysterious phone call, he learns one of the most important lessons life has to teach: the past can never be forgotten.

For the past wears many faces, and some of them are drenched in blood.”

~Drew and his friends need money to go to the fair so, they end up going around town offering to do yard work. One of the boys goes to the “creepy” neighbor’s house and comes out a changed person. The “gift” he was given changes their lives forever; starting at the fair.

This is one of those books where the main character’s mind plays tricks on him. You can’t believe what he says so, there’s guessing needed. But, with this read everything seems to be laid out for you. I’m conflicted as the climatic scenes were over in no time without much “hooplah.” I don’t feel elated nor deflated. I wasn’t expecting much.

It was a good middle-of-the-road read.

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