I was offered a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
Vince Carter is an ex-punk working on a 9-5 job, whose wife is disenchanted with how her life has turned out. Mother of twins, being one of them diabetic, she longs for her lost rebel years and has it in for Vince. One day, driving to work, Vince stumbles upon an sign about Dream Woods, his favorite theme park when he was a child, and plans a trip for the whole family in hopes of fixing his marriage and having a good time with their kids. But there is a good reason for the park being closed for the last 30 years, and the Carter will soon discover it.
This has been a short and fresh horror novel. What I really liked from it was the character development. We often find underdeveloped characters in this kind of books, but the Carter family was very well portrayed, they motivations were understandable, and their problems and relationships felt real.
Something I would have liked to know is where the park and the creatures came from. It is clear that it was ‘Elsewhere’, and I understand that many horror stories benefit from the fear of the unknown, but I just can’t help being curious and wanting to know why, how and where from. For the rest it has been startling and easy listen, with the right length to be able to devour it in one or two days.
The narration was perfect, as to be expected from Joe Hempel. All character voices where discernible an he transmitted the right amount of emotions to each part of the book. Listening to a book narrated by Hempel is always a safe bet, because you know you will be getting a superior final product.
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My name is Elena. Since I was a little child I loved science fiction and fantasy, and I can’t resist a good novel. In 2015, while wait I started to listen to audiobooks and I discovered the pleasure in being able to read while doing my daily tasks, so there’s always an audiobook playing on my phone. If you see me with my Bluetooth headphones on, please be gentle, I get easily startled.
I live with my boyfriend, which I met during my six-year stay in Belgium, four cockatiels, eight lovebirds, and a hamster in Madrid, Spain; and I like to spend my free time knitting and sewing while listening to audiobooks.