Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Blister: A Novel - by Jeff Strand - Don't even read my review, just go buy the book, you can thank me later

5 of 5 Stars     Review copy

Jason Tray is a popular cartoonist.  Four panels a day with ten on Sundays. After an incident involving his dog, Ignatz, a couple of neighborhood brats, a fake chain saw, and a make-believe severed head, his manager decides to send him off to his cabin until things settle down.

While ostensibly on vacation and trying to stay away from trouble, Jason meets a women some fifteen years his younger who was horribly disfigured by her then boyfriend five years ago.

What follows is a charming romance story/horrible nightmare. Blister can be likened to standing in line for what you think is the tamest roller coaster at the amusement park, only to discover it's really the tallest and fastest, with more twists and turns and loops than any you've ever ridden before.  But, wow, what a ride.

I've read several books by Jeff Strand and this is one of my favorites.  I thoroughly enjoyed the dark humor, cringe-worthy horror, and even the off-beat romance.  Blister truly is something special, with oh-wow moments and a reference to one of the most forgettable recordings of 1970.  When you get to it, be sure and look up it's Wikipedia page online.

Highly recommended.

Blister: A Novel is available in paperback, e-book, and audio formats from Sinister Grin Press.  If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited you can read it at no additional charge.  Also, if you are an Amazon Prime member you can read it for FREE using the Kindle Owners Lending Library.

Jeff Strand's books include Wolf Hunt, A Bad Day For Voodoo, Dead Clown Barbecue, and a bunch of others.  He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his wife and two cats names Chaos and Mayhem.

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