Day 2 ARW Week – Review of 314 – Book 1

The Skeleton Man is here….

This is honestly the best horror book I have read so far. I am not easily scared, I’ve read and watched all kinds of horror and remained calm and collected. This book opened my eyes to uncertainty, to the uncomfortable feeling that someone might be lurking in the shadows..

The book flits from 1996 to 2012 from chapter to chapter and in doing this the author builds an extremely tense atmosphere whilst simultaneously telling the story of the main character, Alma. At first when the book swapped from some rather nasty happenings to a more neutral setting I was unsure, but A R Wise has a fantastic writing style and the skill to pull off this structure of story telling.

The Skeleton Man is quite possibly one of the scariest book characters I have come across, resembling a mixture of Jack Skellington (Nightmare Before Christmas) and The Slender Man he had taken up residence in my head the first time he was mentioned. Each appearance only adding to the horrific image I had built up.

There are three books in the 314 series and I am definitely going to read them all, I want to know more about this story, before I was even through with the first page I had become hooked on the curse of 314. By the time I was into the third section of the book I was checking in the mirror whilst brushing my teeth to ensure than nobody was behind me.. like.. The Skeleton Man.

I feel like inspirations behind this story may have included Silent Hill the creatures described and the way they make their appearances remind me of that. However there is also a fantastic imagination behind these stories and I cannot wait to delve further in to the mind of Mr A R Wise.

..and he taught me how to hate”.

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