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Call me demented but I found this humorous.
Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2014
This book didn't scare the crap out of me. There are things in it that are scary but I'm somewhat numb to the graphic violence. I don't want to give spoilers but Maddy, and her back-story that slowly unfolds over the course of the book, oh my goddess - terrifying! I'm an infertile woman who plans to adopt and that story line feeds on a fear that I will get a little girl with a similar back ground. But, at the same time, that idea reaffirms why there's a need for infertile women like me - because there are kids like Maddy who need. I wound up with a melancholic hope rather than being afraid and this is 100% my bias. I point it out to illustrate Mr. Vernon's ability to pluck an emotional chord, which is something I've experienced with many of his other works.
Then, there's the humor. I did LMAO frequently. The belladonna twist - that still tickles me and I finished the book a couple days ago. The humor, and the manipulation of the scarecrow symbol, made me think about that movie Pumpkinhead. You know that scene when you can see Pumpkinhead's tennis shoes? This story has intentional tennis shoes popping out all over the place, especially for people familiar with witchcraft and hoodoo or the horror genre.