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A great story, but there could have been more
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 25, 2014
The Walls of the Castle is a very intense and emotional read, and a fast one at that. The main character was really fleshed out in a way that not many authors can manage in such a short book. The supporting characters (including the castle itself) were well done and presented as much more than cardboard cutouts.
Kasteel (the main character) is grieving over the loss of his son, and he spends all his time at the hospital where he died (the castle). The castle is a weird old hospital that has served a number of functions over the years, and there are many dark corners that take on a life of their own. The relationship between Kasteel and the Castle is complicated, and I honestly didn't fully comprehend it because the story was so short.
This is where I had a problem with the book: I wanted it to be longer. At 88 pages, it's hard to put all that detail into the characters and still fully explain the story without a data dump (which would have ruined it completely). I ended the book with a lot of questions that have no answers. The good news is this: it was so well written and compelling, I wanted to read more. The bad news is that I can't. If there is ever a sequel to this book, I'll pick it up in a heartbeat. I've read Piccirilli before and have never been disappointed. Even with my unanswered questions, I'm not disappointed this time either.