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Ink Paperback – November 17, 2020
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From New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry comes a standalone supernatural thriller Ink, about a memory thief who feeds on the most precious of dreams.
Tattoo-artist Patty Cakes has her dead daughter’s face tattooed on the back of her hand. Day by day it begins to fade, taking with it all of Patty’s memories of her daughter. All she’s left with is the certain knowledge she has forgotten her lost child. The awareness of that loss is tearing her apart.
Monk Addison is a private investigator whose skin is covered with the tattooed faces of murder victims. He is a predator who hunts for killers, and the ghosts of all of those dead people haunt his life. Some of those faces have begun to fade, too, destroying the very souls of the dead.
All through the town of Pine Deep people are having their most precious memories stolen. The monster seems to target the lonely, the disenfranchised, the people who need memories to anchor them to this world.
Something is out there. Something cruel and evil is feeding on the memories, erasing them from the hearts and minds of people like Patty and Monk and others.
Ink is the story of a few lonely, damaged people hunting for a memory thief. When all you have are memories, there is no greater horror than forgetting.
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"Moments of gruesome violence and abuse mark this as not for the faint of heart, though Maberry’s focus on the strength and resilience of his heroes offers a glimmer of light in the darkness....Horror fans should take note." ―Publishers Weekly
"A brilliant and supremely scary novel." ―Booklist
"Maberry is a master of dark fiction, and Ink is an impressive, enthralling addition to his already impressive oeuvre." ―Locus Magazine
About the Author
- Publisher : Griffin; Reprint edition (November 17, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250765889
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250765888
- Item Weight : 13.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.48 x 1.16 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #327,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was thrilled when I found out he was returning to Pine Deep and bringing in Monk Addison from Glimpse. I couldn't wait to see Val and Crow and Mike.
This was not the book I was promised.
Half of the characters were lesbians. Every other paragraph was about how the system was keeping them down, how proud they were to be lesbians and how the other characters had no problem with them being lesbians and understood they were an oppressive force to them.
I've never cringed so much reading a love scene as I did one in that book where the main make character literally refuses to let the random female character he hooks up with pleasure him because it's not about him or his male needs.
If he does this to Joe Ledger I'm out.
But you don't have to have read that trilogy to understand, and thoroughly enjoy Ink.
It's creepy and atmospheric and heartbreaking. It's about a--man or monster?--who can mentally take your memories by stealing your tattoos.
Say you beat cancer, and got a tattoo to celebrate the milestone. This fiend has only to touch you to take the ink. And you will forget that you ever had cancer.
That may seem like a good thing, but suppose you got a tat of your child, who was murdered? And you forgot that you ever had one?
It's a raw, emotional book. Bring a box of Kleenex, a glass of wine, and get ready to ugly cry.
I recommend it to everyone.
The beginning seemed a bit disjointed, and there were a few errors, clunky sentences, and poor similes that made me feel as if the author was brand new to the craft.
Which I now know he is not. I’ve been trying to get over myself as a member of the perfection police and focus more on elements of story more than imperfections in style.
And this fresh story was so much fun! This was my first introduction to Pine Deep, and I’ve now purchased the 3 books in the Pine Deep trilogy. I’m looking forward to reading them.
The pace of this action-packed novel is fast, and there are enough nods to the shared paths of the characters that you can read this as a stand-alone. If I could give half stars, I’d probably rate it at 4.5, but it was amazing!
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This book is all about the horrors of forgetting who and, maybe, even what you are. A new monster has come to Pine Deep, a thing capable of stealing parts of the human mind in the form of memories, who leaves behind no trace of what was when he's done. Peoples whole identities are erased or permanently changed by a means that you will have to read to grasp, but makes you very nervous after reading it. The repulsive villain finds stealing and living others memories sweet, even arousing-and simply doesn't care what it does to those who have lost part of themselves.
A Vietnam Veteran looses the memory of a band of brothers he enlisted with. A desperate old man realises something has been stolen from him-but he cannot get it back and no longer even knows who is. A Husband whose Wife survived Cancer more than once suddenly can't remember a thing about any of it. Even Monk is caught up in it.
But Monk's tattoo's are...different. They aren't just art drawn onto his body, there is a LOT more to it. The villain thinks he's untouchable, but he has no idea there are things out there that make nightmares seem quaint. Monk, what he's become with Ghosts on his skin, is one of those things...
Crow and his son get stuck in after the police have to investigate what's happenning with people claiming lost time, memory and suffering injuries they cannot explain. Monk is the kind of man who could certainly cause people of all types and ages serious trouble, but that's not who he is. Unfortunately for him, Crow doesn't know that. Worse, this is Pine Deep. Peculiar and insane are normal here...
The book is well-written and the characters clearly drawn. Monk does more than anyone to investigate what's going on and put a stop to it, but he's not a Detective. Crow and his son are, but they don't know what they are looking for. Other characters dip in and out of the narrative and add to the story. Even the villain manages to hide in plain sight, a rare accomplishment.
Also, you can tell that time has passed, as Crow's son is now a full-grown adult man and Crow is starting to show his age. Despite this, as it's Maberry, the villain tries extreme physical violence to put Monk and Crow down for good to keep himself safe. Not by himself, he recruits some "friends". But just because both men are trapped in a shop, only lightly armed and caught by surprise?
Monk and Crow fight like demons who have crawled out of Hell and are never going back. They fight the good fight, but have unusual help...
If you enjoy Maberry's work, you'll love this.