May 2, 2015

What Hides Within by Jason Parent

Synopsis:
Inside all of us, there is darkness. Inside Clive, it's tangible, and it's aching to get out.

What Hides Within tells the story of a man held captive by an unknown evil. Clive Menard is a spineless slacker leading an ordinary existence. But when Chester enters his life, it becomes far from ordinary.

A disheveled Clive stands alone in a hospital waiting room. A series of incidences have led him to undergo unnecessary neurosurgery. A voice inside Clive’s head nags him to kill the doctor.

Weeks prior, a murder investigation and an unrelated kayaking excursion set the story’s interlocking events in motion. When a remorseful killer, a bomb-happy psychopath and a mysterious widow spider converge upon Clive, they bring with them destruction and death. Clive must discover who or what is steering his very existence before he, too, is consumed by the carnage around him.

With a driven detective following his every step and a vicious killer hiding within his circle of friends, Clive must walk a narrow and dangerous path, teetering between salvation and damnation. He must confront Chester and his own demons. But is he powerless to overcome them?
By the cover of this book, I should have known what to expect. But, I did not, and there were quite a few scenes where I was cringing.

Reading a book with the main character of a spider is not a good thing for someone who is very afraid of spiders…
That said, it was definitely a unique story. Having something inside of your head talking to you seems terrifying in itself, but that thing can also control your actions. That is even more terrifying.

I enjoyed the story for the most part… despite the spider thing…
There were parts that dragged on a bit, I felt that the story of Clive’s roommate didn’t really get the full attention that it deserved. Detective Rielly was an important character, but she also just seemed like a small character and we never learn much about her.
So, while some of it dragged on, I also feel that it should have been longer to explore the characters more.

For a horror story, it was interesting and unique. If you are looking for something different, go ahead and pick it up.

3/5 stars.

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