In this thriller set in a rural Gulf Coast town, twelve-year-old Marty Jameson finds refuge in the attic from his mother’s abusive rages. But only during the day. At night the attic holds terrors even beyond what he witnesses in his home. With a family made up of a psychotic mother, a drug-dealing father and a comatose older brother withering away in the spare bedroom, Marty feels trapped.
Next door, wheel-chair bound Sadie Marsh obsessively watches Marty’s comings and goings from her bedroom window, despite her mother’s warning about the evil in that house. Evil which appears to Sadie as huge black-winged creatures.
Marty, emotionally torn by the violence and dysfunction in his family, is drawn to Sadie and her kindly mother. But if he is to save his new friend from the supernatural horror threatening them all, Marty must transform himself from victim to hero. And to do so, he must first confront what lurks hidden in the shadows of his attic. – Goodreads.com
I found it very difficult to put down this book. Marty just seemed to reach out and pull me into his incredibly difficult and horrific life and I didn’t want to let him go at the end of the story. The character development in Wink is some of the best I’ve ever read – not just the major players, but also the secondary guys and as much as you may dislike some of the characters in this book, at least you can understand their motivations, right or wrong, as the story is told from varying points of view.
The blend of suspense and supernatural elements kept me turning the pages (despite my complete and utter disgust for snakes) and, at some points, I felt some shades of Stephen King – always a good thing in my book. The author’s words did an amazing job of portraying the imagery of Marty’s bleak surroundings and although some of the things in this book were not of this world, I had no problem picturing them. Marty also had some bright spots in his life – his friend, Sadie, and his Uncle Cooper, who had darkness in their own lives as well, but offered the love and support Marty didn’t receive from his parents.
If you’re a fan of thrillers and enjoy a little paranormal thrown in or just enjoy reading a well-written book with excellent character development, I’d highly recommend Wink.
I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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