Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Jokers Club by Gregory Bastianelli

Review based on ARC.

I am always grateful for a book that is intriguing *and* a page-turner.  Fortunately for me, amidst the too-busy life I have been living the past few months, I found such a book in Bastianelli's Jokers Club.  I have a pretty broad history with horror, suspense, and King, all of which are found in this book.  Without the hundreds of pages of "details" that King employs, Jokers Club is almost a novella, quickly developing characters, background, and plot.

I was impressed with Bastianelli's narrative and flow.  Geoffrey Thorn and his mates were involved in a horrible accident that they kept secret into adulthood.  When they return to their reunion, they begin to die, one by one.  Sure the plot is a little cliche for the genre, but Bastianelli wrote it well and added a nice element of haze into the narrative with Thorn's brain tumor.  I liked the little twists, the uncertainties, and the overall feel and flow of the book and appreciated the quick escape.

I recommend the book to anyone interested in the genre (horror, suspense, thriller).
FOUR of five stars.

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