I patiently waited about a year and a half for this book. I was looking forward to getting back into Jade Daniels’ life, to be in that chase with the unkillable slasher. Unfortunately, Don’t Fear the Reaper did not live up to the standard set by My Heart Is a Chainsaw.
After waiting a year and a half to get my hands on this book, it took me a month and a half to read it. That is just way too long. On one hand, my bad, I should have put more time into reading Don’t Fear the Reaper than I did. On the other hand, Jones should have made me want to spend more time with it. Let’s be honest, the whole “it’s not you, it’s me thing” is a lie we tell to avoid conflict. The truth of the matter is I wanted to love this book, but I didn’t. I should have put more time into, but I didn’t. The reason I didn’t is that the story didn’t make me want to.
When I went back over my review for My Heart Is a Chainsaw, I found that this book did many of the same things the same way. The things I really liked, annoyed me. At times I found myself saying there he goes again, flexing his ‘80s slasher knowledge. I just couldn’t connect with the book and the characters this time.
Will I read more from Stephen Graham Jones? Absolutely! Another book in The Indian Lake Trilogy, though, I can’t see it happening.
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