Wednesday, April 12, 2017

REVIEW: Becoming

By: Glenn Rolfe

Genre: Horror, Occult
Publisher: Alien Agenda Publishing
Publication date: 2.27.2017
Pages: 248

Recommended by: Read 2 Read
Date read: 4.11.2017

I have a handful of horror authors that, if I had enough time during my week, I would read every single thing they produce, and Glenn Rolfe is most definitely on that list.  As usual when I complete his work, I sat there staring at my Kindle, unsure how to continue on with the rest of my day, needing "a minute" to take it all in.  I quickly took to Facebook and described it... well...

This book was really good, and to say I was impressed is definitely an understatement.  Glenn just has a way with words, and his character building is soooo good.  He gives you a chance to get to know the people in his stories, something that is hard to do without having a really long book, and you really get behind them, want the best for them (and sometimes the worse), are heartbroken when things happen to them, causing you to be "on the edge of your seat" once the action begins.  As the story plays out, and you get to know the characters, the way they think, and how the horrors "change" them (or at least make them think about who they are), you find that you change your opinion of some, sometimes more than once, which adds to the rollercoaster of events happening.  His characters are not just a background, or something that he has to have in order to make the story palatable - they are written, and therefore read, as if they are real people, your neighbor, your family member... maybe even you when you were younger.

In this particular story, the "main character" is a young girl named Michele.  We meet her on the side of a lake right before her best friend disappears in such a way that no one believes her, not even her father, who she is very close to.  As we go through the story, and other characters are introduced, we learn about her and her family life - not just her mom and her dad, but some of her extended family as well.  Michele could be any one of us when we were young - stubborn, curious, caring, compassionate... and she doesn't really get along with her mother.

As things happen around her to the people of her small town, we are never "left in the dark" - we are well aware of what is happening throughout the story, always with a hint of mystery.  As the story comes together, you realize, as she and her family do, that crazy things are really going on... crazy and horrific things... and why.

The story centers around another character, Shane Davis.  He is not only the Sheriff, but a husband, and a good friend of Michele's father, who he brings in to help him solve what is going on.  He is a really nice guy, though at first you think he's a bit of a grumpy man.  He really wants to look after the people that he swore to protect, and though scared, it doesn't stop him from going headfirst into situations as he attempts to stop the evil that is happening.  He is a very curious man, and doesn't stop when things get hard, which makes him, in my opinion, one of the best "lawmen" I've read about in a long time.  The love he has for his wife, and she him, is something that I loved reading.

I liked both of the characters that I have mentioned, but my favorite was the father.  He reminded me a lot of mine - cared about his family, brave when he needed to be (like when it came to protecting those he loved), willing to help those around him, and just a generally good guy.  I most loved how, as things went from bad to worse, he realized just how much love he had, and worked hard to protect others, not just his family.

The end was the best part, though I was sad to see the story end.  As things culminated, I had an idea of what was going to happen, but the ending was so much more than I could have imagined.  I was happy for these characters, scared for these characters, sad for these characters - I even wept for these characters.

This is, by far, one of the best books I've read in awhile, and I'm honored that I had the chance to read and review it today of all days.  Glenn, you never cease to amaze me with your writing, and I look forward to reading much more from you.

About the book:
Something ancient has wormed its way up from the earth...
A chance has come today.

After Michele Cote's best friend disappears, no one believes her story about the thing responsible for her abduction.  Forced to figure out the mystery for herself, Michele encounters terror she has never known, and witnesses the impossible.
            When other members of the community begin to change or vanish, Sheriff Shane Davis must look beyond reason to stop the evil seeping into this small town.  With help from an unlikely source, Sheriff Davis will come face-to-face with the truth.
            You can't destroy what you don't understand.  For the small town of Avalon, Maine, the future is about to change... for better or worse.

About the author:
Glenn Rolfe is an author, singer, songwriter, and all around fun-loving guy from the haunted woods of New England.  He has studied Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and continues his education in the world of horror by devouring the novels of Stephen King, Jack Ketchum, Hunter Shea, Brian Moreland and many others.  He and his wife, Meghan, have three children, Ruby, Ramona, and All.  He is grateful to be loved despite his weirdness.
            He is the author of BecomingBlood & RainThe Haunted HallsChasing GhostsBoom TownAbram's BridgeThings We Fear, and the collections Out of Range and Slush.
            He is hard at work on many more.  Stay tuned!

You can find him on his websiteTwitterFacebookInstagramPinterest, and Follower.  (That last one is Glenn's idea of a joke.)

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