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The Guardians MP3 CD – Unabridged, 26 July 2016
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There's no such thing as an empty house.... From acclaimed author Andrew Pyper, a gripping novel of psychological suspense about four men haunted by a secret from childhood.
Trevor, Randy, Ben, and Carl grew up together in the small town of Grimshaw as many boys do, playing hockey and forging friendships that run deep. Twenty-four years later, when Ben commits suicide, the three remaining friends gather once again in their hometown. But going home means going back, and that's not always easy.
The three men are forced to confront their memories of a sinister crime that happened in an abandoned house in their neighbourhood, a crime that claws its way into the present, leaving its indelible mark on everyone.
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance; Unabridged edition (26 July 2016)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 152268834X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1522688341
- Dimensions : 16.51 x 1.59 x 13.97 cm
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Their return opens up old wounds, rekindles old passions, and revisits old shared childhood experiences that they'd hoped they'd left in the dim and distant past, only for the death of their friend and their subsequent arrival in town to awaken it again.
For me there are clear similarities to Stephen King's It both in style and content. Both novels are about childhood friends having to reunite as adults, return to their childhood hometown and confront unfinished supernatural business lying almost forgotten in their past, one or more of the adults having died along the way. Both have narrative streams set in the present day with regular interludes set in the past to inform the reader of what happened then. Pyper even uses a Canadian version of familiar King-type references to the minutae of "Ezee-Kleen" and "Krazy Kevin" style brand names.
Nevertheless Pyper is a very good writer and whether consciously emulating King or not, he's managed to find a similarly engaging style of writing which draws the reader in and keeps her or him turning the pages. More twists to the plot develop as the story unfolds and the author conjures up some pretty powerful scenes; I found the protagonists' later dealings with their team coach particularly vividly constructed.
Though the film Grindstone Road [2007 ] bears a few similarities to this story (and for me, I found the character Ben's attic vigil reminiscent of scenes from The Sentinel  )it would probably make for a decent film in its own right.