Wednesday 26 May 2010

Book: Hater by David Moody

Danny McCoyne is just an ordinary guy with a mundane job who struggles to
get by and give his young kids a decent upbringing.

When people start randomly attacking others Danny is determined to mind his own business but the trouble will arrive on his doorstep sooner or later.

The first half of the book is a fantastic character study of an average family man just keeping his head down and wanting a quiet life. It has nice black comedy as we get introduced to his thoroughly unpleasant working environment.

As the violence escalates Danny decides to keep his family safe for as long as he can. This is when the book starts to slow down and proceeds to trundle along to a pretty unsatisfying conclusion.

Moody shows enough potential to merit a look at the sequel, Dog Blood, which is due out soon.

Horror / thriller fans who like a spattering of blood should give it a try.

Ric's Rating: 60%

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