Book Review: Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan

nightmare citySynopsis:

Tom Harding only wants the truth. But the truth is becoming more dangerous with every passing minute.

As a reporter for his high school newspaper, Tom Harding was tracking the best story of his life when, suddenly, his life turned very, very weird. He woke up one morning to find his house empty . . . his street empty . . . his whole town empty . . . empty except for an eerie, creeping fog and whatever creatures were slowly moving toward him through the fog.

Now Tom s once-ordinary world has become something out of a horror movie. How did it happen? Is it real? Is he dreaming? Has there been a zombie apocalypse? Has he died and gone to hell?

Tom is a good reporter he knows how to look for answers but no one has ever covered a story like this before. With the fog closing in and the hungry creatures of the fog surrounding him, he has only a few hours to find out how he lost the world he knew. In this bizarre universe nothing is what it seems and everything including Tom s life hangs in the balance.

About the Author:andrew klavan

Andrew Klavan, (born 1954), known also by his pen name Keith Peterson, is an American writer of mystery novels, psychological thrillers, and screenplays for “tough-guy” mystery films. Two of Klavan’s books have been adapted intomotion pictures: True Crime (1999) and Don’t Say A Word (2001). He has been nominated for the Edgar Award four times and has won twice.[2] Playwright and novelist Laurence Klavan is his brother.[3]

Klavan also has written columns and appeared as a political commentator for a variety of conservative publications such as the news-magazine City Journal and PJ Media.

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My Review:

This book was kind of a YA mix of Stephen King’s ‘The Mist’ and Michael Grant’s ‘Gone’ series. It had a lot of tension and creepiness and kept you hooked as to what was going on – no spoilers here, you’ll have to read it yourself.

I found the style easy to read and the plot unfolded nicely. I wasn’t instantly behind Tom as a character mind, perhaps a prologue of before the ‘incident; could have helped that along.

From a writer’s perspective, I’d have preferred first person narrative. In third, emotions are harder to convey and it seemed a little rigid to have a story so personal and limited to just one character and not have it told from that character’s point of view. I think the tension would have been hitched up a few notches as well, and would have also made the reader like Tom quicker. It’s hard to care about a character you don’t know very well.

The front cover really sums up the feel of the book and is likely to attract  wide range of readers – is a good read for both genders – so it really opens the audience options.

I’ve not read any other Andrew Klavan books, but after reading Nightmare City – I’d certainly look them up. Overall I’d give it 4 out 5 stars – not what I’m use to reading, but definitely worth the time.

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