Keane Reid is tired of living. He’s bored with his very existence following the suspicious death of his wife seven years earlier. He’s not interested in TV, reading, dating or a social life.
But when he is called on a routine plumbing job at a local pub, he discovers the corpse of a young girl crucified and nailed to a wall, her eyes torn out and a third eye carved into her forehead. Keane has seen this mark before, and soon his life is thrust between the present and past, reality and fantasy, darkness and light.
As Keane loses his grip on sanity, a long-forgotten shadow begins whispering to him once again, ushering him toward the void, where the ghosts of his past reside, waiting to show him what truly lies behind the veil. (goodreads.com)
This is one of those books that I ended up rather apathetic about, to the point where I just want to write ‘meh’ as my review and be done with it. I sit here and try to think of what I’m going to say and I can’t think of much of anything. That’s not the best place to be when talking about a book.
The book is short. It’s more of a novella so in terms of character development there isn’t much. Unless you count Keane’s slip into insanity. I mean, I GUESS that’s TECHNICALLY development. The character wasn’t static in that regard. But when the real world was left behind for something darker inside Keane’s head is when I really started to lose interest. The story started as a rather interesting thriller with the dead body and the face looking like the book cover there. But then that goes away and is replaced with Keane’s memories and insane ramblings and he quickly deteriorates into a blithering mess of a shell that takes care of himself by the end of the book.
And the ending . . . you could see that coming the second the talk of shadows comes into play, with Keane having to kill the Shadow Man and whathaveyou. It becomes real obvious, real quick what’s going on and what’s been happening and the spark goes away. I like psychological thrillers and all but they need to be exceptionally smart. This wasn’t exceptionally smart.
It started off good, with a good tone and a good voice but Keane reverted too far into his own head and then things got OBVIOUS and far too intentional and I ended up being glad it was short.