I love to be scared. This book wasn't scary per se, but it was, from beginning to end, a sickening ride of wonder and grossness! I don't remember how I came across the title- maybe Goodreads, but when I received the book mail, I knew right away that I could not have a giant spider on my page! LOL They're totally gross to look at. BUT, I then decided to still have it, just with it's hideous face covered up. For any entomologists out there, I apologize for hurting your feelings...
So what is this story about? The Other's Voice, by Lou Yardley, is about a family in trouble. There's a presence in their home, in a small town in England, and it's taking over, starting from the smallest critter to the humans that reside there. I would say it begins with Denny, the son of the 5-person family, but it doesn't. It starts with a poisonous spider and its web, inside the Chamberses household. (I looked it up, the 'es' is correct!)
The story offers up the perspectives of many: Kimberly (mom), Grayson (dad), Denny (second oldest), Mia (oldest) and Lily (the toddler). And then from each of the spiders, who dwell within the home. Thousands of them! And then there's The Voice. The disembodied shadow, lurking in everyone's mind. Able to manipulate and destroy at will. There's something The Other wants and is willing to use everyone and thing in order to get it. But it will begin with Denny.
The story is written like a late 80's horror movie; I loved it. From Denny's slightly autistic counting before getting things done to his obsessive compulsive activity. Mia is the typical teenager, looking for attention but gets upset when she receives it, then there's Lily. I don't remember when I finally picked up on cognitive thinking as a toddler, but I don't think it was her age. Either way, the story gives you their POV's, but you also know what the spiders are thinking. It's crazy because I can totally see them thinking these things. But it's the thoughts of The Other that keep you reading.
I do have to warn you, there are various errors in this book. More than one time I found a word or two missing, but caught it mentally. Words like to or with, so my brain instinctively ran over it, inserting the word I knew the author meant to say. It's not bad, but because it happened so much, it is quite obvious. For many reviewers, that's a huge turn-off, but if you appreciate the story, you won't mind it.
The story is a wild ride and it was totally different from prev reads. And never mind it's in the land I'll be visiting later this year! I can't wait to see what someone else thinks of this horrific, novel! You can find The Other's Voice anywhere book are sold. Check it out- I'm off to the next read! 📚
*Tales From the Scare Master: Werewolf Weekend is next.
The Other's Voice
CreateSpace Independent Publishing
March 13, 2016
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