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The Twisted Ones Paperback – 1 April 2020
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- Publisher : Titan Books (1 April 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1789093287
- ISBN-13 : 978-1789093285
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 191,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Many people will love this story. If you have a bent towards the macabre style of story set in the real world then you may well give this five stars and a rave review.
Spooky, other-worldly but very much here and now.
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I believe this was my first ever folk horror read, although I didn’t much care for the centre plot of the story so to speak. However, I did throughly enjoy the book. Straight away from the synopsis I got MPHFP vibes. Step-grandfathers journal and a series of horrible terrors. I found the characters very strong and likeable. It really brings back that old fashioned neighbourhood spirit. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and found it so humorous at times.
Back the issues I had with the plot. What I liked was a unique twist, normally it would be a teen and her family, not perhaps a young women on her own. This did add a good perspective to the story. Before you found out what the mystery was the author definitely kept you guessing, planting different theories through the narration. It was such a huge premise and build up that I struggled with the idea that revealing the big mystery would perhaps ruin the book but this wasn’t entirely the case, For me even when the mystery was revealed it fell short for me and I didn’t much care for it. The way it was delivered was good but I didn’t like the idea. It was just missing something.For me there are so many loose ends and things weren’t really explained enough to help understand what was going on. I feel like the book should of been been longer.
In short I very much enjoyed the story but it was the centre of the plot and idea I didn’t much care for. It wasn’t what I was expecting. From the quote on the cover I guess I was expecting something more demonic & paranormal. I find it so hard to explain 😅 but was a good read.
It does make this unique, most of the traditional cosmic horror tend to be narrated by characters who don't feel like real people. Lovecraft's ...well, even calling them 'protagonists' is giving them too much credit, they're barely even plot devices. Most of the traditional cosmic horror writers were bad at characterization. It made it easier to ignore the actual impact of the horror.
Cosmic horror doesn't usually scare me. This came a lot closer than I expected it to.
The main character, "Mouse", is quite likeable, with a lot of wry humour to share, and really she is what saves the story from being a mediocre horror tale. The main premise, of a horrific fairy-type realm, seemingly inhabited by lots of animated bones, "just around the corner", is OK as it goes, but it is just put there on a take it or leave it basis, with no explanatory backstory. The author's declared aim of using a fragmentary second hand account of the hidden realm to provide background detail because it would be more realistic, really didn't work for me, and I found it mildly frustrating. Not saying this is a bad story, I did finish it, but it could have been so much better.
Ursulas stories have in the past been a tad uneventful for me but were saved by great characters...unfortunately that doesn’t apply here.
Book seems largely chats, whiskey, tuna sandwiches and coffee with a chase sequence at the end.