Aurealis Award 2017 Best Horror Novel
- Author: Lois Murphy
- Title: Soon
- Genre: novel
- Published: 2017
- List of Challenges 2018
- Monthly reading plan
- Trivia: Aurealis Award 2017 Best Horror Novel
- Soon is the story of the death of a haunted town.
- It centers on three main characters.
- These neighbors are the survivors who deify the haunting.
- Milly – unable to leave memory of her dead husband.
- Li – refuses to leave the farm she worked so hard to build up.
- Pete – has nowhere else to go, divorced and estranged from his daughter.
- I’m not revealing anything else about the narrative or its subplots.
- You must discover this yourself.
Strong point: very likeable character Milly Pryor (graceful) retired schoolteacher. She has a no-nonsense manner mixed with amused cynicism. Her clothes have limpness, her eyes radiate arthritic pain and she keeps a hip flask of brandy close by.
Strong point: I enjoyed the dogs in the story! Lois Murphy must own a dog(s) because she gave some great descriptions of these rascals …and life long companions. Gina, Pete’s dog, is an important character in the book!
Strong point: Murphy keeps the tension palpable. The characters are under constant pressure to return to their safe homes before sunset. In the darkness the deadly ghouls appear.
Strong point: There is a lot of foreshadowing in the book…you just have to find it! In 6 of the 7 chapters there are dream scenes read them carefully. But the most cryptic clue lies tucked in chapter 3!
Weak point: So where’s all the horror ?
The descriptions of the ghoulish chimera in the mist weren’t that scary! This book did not leave me white-knuckled…scared out of my wits. There were a lot of snaking, uncurling, lassoing and winding tendrils. There was a convoy grey vehicles in town with anonymous dark-suited men who left no footprints. The mist spoke in whispered hissing, sinister crooning, mesmerising chants and muted shrieks of laughter. There was a lot of scratching and tapping on the windows while terrible faces leered in the house. Now that is nothing that makes me recoil in fear.
- Leaving my comfort zone is not easy.
- But I had no trouble reading this horror novel.
- It is a well written story (60%)
- and Murphy has interjected the narrative with
- unsettling paranormal elements. (40%)
- This is good news if you just want to dabble in this genre
- …taking fear in small doses, one chapter at a time.
- The law cannot cope with the supernatural.
- Ghosts are often rooted in past events
- …and they demand vengeance.
- bad things happen to good people,
- circumstances are beyond our control,
- somebody or something wants to take over.
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