Thursday, April 4, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: The Window by Glenn Rolfe

When James gets the chance to spend the rest of summer vacation with his father — instead of living with his mom and her new boyfriend in a new town — he's thrilled. So is his father, Richie, who has been having a rough time since the divorce. When Richie sees something in the window that offers him a way to indulge in his deepest, darkest desires, he gives in, not thinking about the consequences. Only James notices something different about his dad and can stop the demon from permanently possessing Richie.

The Window is a coming-of-age horror tale in the vein of IT by Stephen King, Children of the Dark by Jonathan Janz or Ghoul by Brian Keene, but instead of battling a monster, the 13-year-olds in this book deal with demonic possession.

The characters are well-developed and relatable. I really cared about them and I was upset when horrible things happened to them (especially at the end). It takes a while to get to the action because a lot of time is spent getting to know the characters, but it's definitely worth the big pay off at the end.

If you're looking for a dark and unsettling coming-of-age horror novel with great characters give The Window a try. I've read two of Glenn Rolfe's other books, Boom Town and Chasing Ghosts and I highly recommend those as well.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

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