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BOOK REVIEW: HATER
BY DAVID MOODY

We hope you enjoy this book review by Caryn St. Clair.



Hater is a hard book to like. Hater is also a difficult book to put down.

Readers are led into the story by the sad, depressing life of the Danny McCoyne. Everything about his life is in a downward spiral. He's in a dead end job, his boss dislikes him and is marriage is strained by too many unruly children in too small of a flat. You could paint his life gray. But when it would seem things could get no worse, unprovoked violence begins to break out. One morning on his way to work, Danny witnesses an old woman beaten by a crazed man. That is the beginning. Before long, more and more bizarre incidents of violence occur, many of them directly affect the McCoyne family. The author alternates between passages of the building violence overtaking their world and the first person narrative of Danny's life. Through this shifting point of view, readers are drawn into the rising threat of the developing anarchy.

This was a hard book for me to read. The inserted passages portray hard core violence. The language throughout the book is as gritty as the bleak lives of the characters. And the characters are not very likable. While I was horrified by what was happening, I didn't really have much sympathy for any of the main characters.

However, even though I did not especially like what I was reading, I was sucked to the very end. The unpredictable nature of the violence, the spreading sense of unease as the attacks became more frequent and the feeling that life as known was over all built the suspense. The foreboding of doom mounts as the as the pages keep turning until a rather unexpected ending.

I didn't like many things about this book, but Moody's skillful writing really delivers.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, CARYN ST. CLAIR


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