Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Chuckles Retro Reads: In The Dark by Richard Laymon


Nothing much happens in Donnerville. Then librarian Jane Kerry receives an envelope containing a fifty-dollar bill and a note from 'MOG' (Master of Games) instructing her to 'Look homeward, angel'. Jane pulls Thomas Wolfe's novel of that title off the shelf and finds a second envelope with more money and another clue...

This 'game' soon pushes Jane into crazy and immoral actions, but when she ties to quit, 'MOG' has other ideas.


My Review: 
Jane is a bored librarian who finds a 50 dollar bill and a cryptic note that leads her to another book with more money and another clue. So begins a scavenger hunt with a difference, starting out with innocent expeditions with the money doubling each time. Then just when Jane is hooked, the tasks start becoming more dangerous and illegal. She starts to have second thoughts about the game but the mystery host has no intention of letting her quit.
 

This book is clever, full of the suspense that Laymon does so well and it leaves you wondering how far someone would go for money if the game was really happening. It's not the usual gory horror, this is about building suspense and watching Jane put herself in really crazy situations with coffins, tramps, mad dogs etc. Jane is a dolt and you can't help shouting 'don't do that you stupid bitch!' every few chapters but its part of the fun of the book! Brace was a bit pointless, just there to be used for the usual sex scenes. My only complaint is that you don't get answers to the questions that you want to know about why MOG chose Jane for the game and what the purpose was.  
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6 comments:

  1. I need to get to this one eventually. It keeps sliding to the bottom of the pile because it's not his usual gore-fest, but any Laymon is worth a read.

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    1. It was a bit different from the usual Laymon read in some senses but still plenty action and tension which you would expect. I just wish we could look forward to more books...

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  2. oh I see you like Laymon's books! Let's see if I become a fan too after reading One Rainy Night. I like to read horror at the end of the summer to get in the Halloween mood :)

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    1. I was introduced to Laymon when I was at college. I liked his books because they get right into the plot and are always good solid horror reads with violence!

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  3. I love the covers for his books. Wondering what the many with the knife is up to. This sounds twisted enough for me.

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    1. I liked most of what I've read of his, some more than others of course. Might just have to review another couple today to keep everyone in a horror mood!

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