Book Rate: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)
Go read the synopsis and then come back.
Ok, so what did you think? You’re expecting a scary thriller that will keep you awake at night until you finish this book and grab a romantic and cute contemporary to get it out of your mind, right? At least that’s what I thought when I read The Screaming‘s synopsis. And that’s what disappointed me mostly about this book.
David Graham’s characters are nice, so is his writting, the cover is appealing and the storyline is very different and starts off really well! We have this really scary first scene that got me super excited about this so-called thriller. But really The Screaming‘s plot just develops to become more of a policial book rather than a thriller… It’s not a bad, it just really disappoint whoever starts it expecting a good scary reading.
But moving on from that point, we had some interesting characters (the Queen of England included!) but with the way the plot develop I really think we could’ve seen more of some of them. For example, there’s a Kenyan kid called Jacob that solves the whole problem that the story revolves around but we only get to see him giving the answer to the problem and then getting a reward for it. I truly believe it would’ve made wonder for The Screaming if we could’ve seen him cracking the case! This is my biggest suggestion really!
Regarding the relationships between the characters, I really enjoyed them and their simplicity – I think this is really refreshing since most characters nowadays have super dramatic relationships. They are bit too much sex-centered though…
Now, if I would recommend this book? Well, maybe… But definitely only if you go into it expecting a policial with a scary start! David Graham’s The Screaming is something I would qualify as an out of the ordinary book. So, read it if you’re curious!
- Plot ★★★☆☆
- Characters ★★★☆☆
- Writing ★★★☆☆
- Pacing ★★★☆☆
- Cover ★★★★☆
Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):
What causes an adolescent – straight A student Brandon P Marshall – to walk downstairs naked, armed with a pair of Glocks, and go all Charles Manson on his family?
This is only one in the horrifying trail of incidents that brings together Detective Sergeant Dale Franklin of the Kansas City Police Department and his poster-boy rookie, Steve Abrams.
Meanwhile, across the pond, Dai Williams, in Battersea London, safe inside his improvised Faraday cage, is coming to terms with his special talents – talents that will take ‘getting-into-the-mind-of-the-killer’ to a whole new level.
Al-Qaeda? Drugs Cartels? Internet freaks? David Graham’s The Screaming leaves no possibility untouched as Dai enters a bizarre and horrifying world where kids scream.
Page Count: 272