121. Wildwood Road by Christopher Golden (2005)
Length: 351 pages
Started: 13 December 2014
Finished: 16 December 2014
Where did it come from? From Paperback Swap
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 24 November 2014
Why do I have it? I like horror and Christopher Golden is a new author for me.
Michael and Jillian Dansky seem to have it all – a happy marriage, two successful careers, and a bright future. However late one October evening, that changes completely. It’s while driving home from a Halloween masquerade that Michael briefly nods off behind the wheel. When he wakes up, he finds a little girl standing beside his car – a little girl who Michael apparently came within a breath of running over.
Shaken by her appearance at such a late hour, and concerned that the child isn’t wearing the most appropriate clothing for the frigid weather, Michael tries to help her as much as he can. She leads him to a darkened empty house, filled with shadows and haunted by whispers and sends him away with a whisper of her own: “Come find me.” With her curious command echoing in his ears, Michael drives back home.
In the weeks to come, it’s clear that someone – or something – doesn’t want the girl found. As much as Michael tries to fulfill the girl’s request, he just doesn’t seem to be having much luck. And when a cold, cruel, vindictive woman awakens in the guise of his once loving and caring wife, Michael’s search shifts slightly. Suddenly his quest isn’t just for the missing girl, but for the Jillian he loves and may have lost forever…on Wildwood Road.
First of all, let me say that Mareena got this book as a ‘just because’ gift for herself when she saw that Stephen King had written a blurb for the book, and decided that I could read it as well if I wanted. She knew of Christopher Golden as primarily a young adult author, although she has never read any of his books. So, Mr. Golden is a new author for her to read.
In my opinion, this book was very enjoyable and I’m certainly glad to have read it. The story was quite a different treatment of horror from the books that I usually read, and was interesting enough to hold my attention right until the very end. It was well-written and I appreciated that the plot was constantly moving; the pacing never slowed or deteriorated in any way and this story never became dull or boring; at least for me. Overall, I give this book an A!
A! – (90-95%)
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight