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Diavolino (2012)

by Steve Emmett(Favorite Author)
4.29 of 5 Votes: 5
1936751941 (ISBN13: 9781936751945)
Etopia Press
review 1: Emmett sets the mood from page one in this horror masterpiece. There's plenty of foreshadowing in place that leads me to wish I could warn the Lupton family. Emmett builds your knowledge of the characters' personalities layer by layer while moving the plot along at fast pace that keeps you turning the page. The imagery of the novel immerses the reader in several environments - England, Italy, and Hell.If you want a read that feels like a stroll in the park, this isn't it. This book keeps your running with the Boogie Man behind you.
review 2: I found myself impressed with this debut novel. The Lupton family thinks they’re just living in Italy for a short while as they design a home for a wealthy client. Instead of a pleasant working vacation, they find unwelco
... moreming and suspicious townspeople and a big scary hole in the ground. I liked the Lupton family as characters, and Annamaria, the local schoolmistress. Emmett does a great job of letting the reader know who is good, who is bad, and who you shouldn’t be too sure of. I was also impressed by the description; the bloody lake splashing up against the white hull of the boat was particularly vibrant for me. Also, the Stymphalian birds taking down the planes.The one thing I wish had been different is the build-up. I would have a loved another incident or two before the chaos really begins. Things go bad very quickly, when we’ve barely had a chance to get our bearings on the island and in the town.Overall, this is a nice piece of horror with religious roots. It also made me think of the Italian "haunted island" of Poveglia, and I always like when I can relate a story to something in real-life. less
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Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, and that's all I've got to say.
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Polished and slick.
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