April A Taylor
When choosing from a list of books to read for review, the information provided is often scant. It can be a brief synopsis of the story, or a copy of the blurb that will go on the back of the published book, or a couple of quotes from existing reviews – sometimes it’s a combination. On this occasion, it contained these statements:
“”Sinkhole should be part of every horror fan’s TBR pile.””
“A sinkhole swallows a girl in Michigan. Fire shoots into the sky in Pennsylvania. Deer attacks leave people hospitalised in West Virginia. And this is all just the beginning of a catastrophic series of global events that will make you question everything you think you know about the planet, nature, and humanity.”
“”Not for the faint of heart… Sinkhole is an intelligent and terrifying triumph in the world of horror fiction.””
Sinkhole should neither be on “every horror fan’s TBR pile”, nor is it “intelligent” or “terrifying” in any way. I’ve tried to think of a less blunt way to say this, but the book is dreadful – dreadful as in just plain bad, not as in inspiring dread. The writing is poor, the characters are barely two dimensional, and the actions of the characters are utterly ludicrous and so far beyond belief that they’re, well, unbelievable.
The description itself is misleading, which always annoys me. I’m never sure when this happens whether it’s through miscommunication at stages of publication, or whether the person who wrote it has only skimmed the reading material – it’s irritating either way. Even the title is technically misleading!
I do have one positive thing to say about Sinkhole, though. At around 220 pages, it’s a mercifully quick read.