Mystery turns out confusing

THIS book is a mystery in itself. Several people have tried to read it, only to pass it on. It is not clear what it is about.

THIS book is a mystery in itself. Several people have tried to read it, only to pass it on. It is not clear what it is about.

It starts with life post-university narrated by two friends, Jack and Francis, who fall out in the end because of a woman.

It starts promisingly about how difficult it is to find work as a young graduate without a science degree. The friends are forced to work at a call centre to pay their rent and booze bills. It is an aimless existence while they wait for their real lives to begin. Their lives are depicted in tedious detail while the reader waits for the horror part to begin. In the meantime, one is treated to Francis' fear at his father's impending death from cancer.

Jack's girlfriend buys a house in a weird village on a deserted mountain, which looks down on a beach. And the reader is plunged straight into a horror story without any build-up of tension, fear or fascination.

The book changes focus and becomes a sort of werewolf dinner party in which people are savaged to death at Jack's birthday party. They are sort of resurrected in the following chapters. Jack ends up as a ghost, who haunts the house and wonders what presents he received.

The novel might work better as a film but is a very strange book indeed.

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