I decided to read this book after reading most of this Author's Joe Ledger series, which is great and fun to read. I'm assuming this is his first novel or something, because the writing is just terrible. The book drags on with pages of detail that in no way advances the plot or character development; the roads (by number) that the various officers or characters are driving. And everything is so cliché. Small town police are rubes, etc. I was excited to find this book and even more excited to find out it was a trilogy. An author I liked and a genre I love. I will NOT be reading the final two books. I have no desire to find out what happens to these people, because the author didn't make me care. An example of the terrible writing I had to slog through. 2 cops sitting in a car. Neither had really been introduced earlier, and near the end of the book, when the action should be climaxing, he instead decides to tell us what the one officer thinks of the other. And he goes on and on and on about it. Then says "in short, he thought...." this of her. And then went on and on again about it. All for what?? Nothing.
Also, random references to music was forced. The mayor makes a reference to a jazz drummer in the middle of all the chaos and carnage going on. Doesn't ring true at all. We get it, Maberry. You know your music.
So, I've gone on for awhile here, but, in honor of the author, "in short", this book sucks. Don't read it. It's poorly written, poorly developed and poorly edited.
"If you think small town horror has nothing new to offer, you have a surprise in store. Ghost Road Blues demonstrates that even the most haunted town in America is unprepared for the full depth of evil, either human or inhuman."
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