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Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
This werewolf as psycho killer novel reads like an old-fashioned chiller movie. The characters are flat, they inexplicably don’t communicate with each other, the action has odd jumps and the finale is artificial. The only thing lacking is the creepy music.
Simon is suddenly laid off from work and becomes a stay-at-home-dad to his 3-year-old son. He and his wife Alison are struggling with this change. Then Simon meets some other dads with young sons at the park. After an evening with the guys, during which he has some odd-tasting beer, he wakes up naked in the woods. He can run faster, smell and hear better and he craves meat. He also has nightmares where he remembers killing his old boss in the guise of a wolf. The other guys in his group say these are only dreams and they become ever closer friends. Simon becomes alarmed when he is notified that his boss has been killed by an animal and a witness identifies Simon as the attacker. The witness is killed. Alison thinks Simon is having an affair because he is full of secrets and evasions. Can Simon stop the runaway train that his life has become? And what will be the price? (ACE, Jun., 352 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed By: Bunny Callahan
Published: June 2011