Rob Cornell does a good job guiding us through this interesting take on the supernatural genre, and I was drawn into the story immediately by the strong action and questions raised in the prologue/preface. The standard monsters are here, but used in decidedly non-standard ways.

As Alice said, “curiouser and curiouser!”

The action was good, but didn’t get in the way of the story’s development (at least to me). The teenager in the book was a pain-in-the-ass, but what teenager isn’t? Realistically written, to my mind. Nothing offensive, and I didn’t find myself skipping pages to get to the good parts, which is always a litmus test for me for an author I haven’t read before.

There were a few mistakes in word choice (e.g. a car has brakes, not breaks) and the occasional other grammar or punctuation slip, and I would’ve liked to have seen a table of contents built into the book, but overall, this was a well-edited and even more importantly, well-written, story. It’s a good length for a novel, and for $2.99, you can’t beat the value.

I recommend this book for a good horror/suspense read with a unique take on the idea of the supernatural and magic, and I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series.

Buy Darker Things (Book One of the Lockman Chronicles) at Amazon, or on the Nook for only $2.99.

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