Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: We Came Back - by Patrick Lacey

4 of 5 Stars     Review copy

Patrick Lacey explains We Came Back in the dedication to his latest novel.

This book is about loss. It's also about monsters and cults and family. But loss is the theme if, indeed, there is one.

With that in mind, every dime Patrick earns from the sales of We Came Back will be donated to a cancer-related charity in memory of his father, Steven Joseph Lacey.

The creep factor is amped up right from the start and continues throughout.

Suddenly, the best and brightest students at Lynnwood High School are showing up for class looking pale, dressing in black, and letting their grades slide dramatically.  Other students and faculty soon begin referring to them as the Lynnwood vamps.

Alyssa, Frank and Mona Tanner's daughter, has dropped her long-time boyfriend and taken up with an older goth guy, Busty Brown.  Her ex, Justin Wright, lost his father to cancer and now his girlfriend to this loser.  Alyssa lost her brother in a car accident. The characters in We Came Back all seem to be dealing with loss in one way or another.  Even the villain has experienced great loss.

We Came Back is a page turner that's fun to read and features real people in dire circumstances and let's not forget the monster.

When Justin and his best friend, Art go undercover as reporters, I got a big kick out of the names Justin came up with...

She nodded. “You must be the reporter from the phone. Mr. Raimi was it?” Justin nodded and felt Art’s eyes bore into him. “That’s right ma’am, and this is my assistant, Art Craven. Say hi, Art.”

Ever notice how rumors make everything seem worse, not that things aren' t bad enough in Lynnwood.

“There is a fine line between real and unreal. Sometimes the two become confused."

We Came Back may not be perfect, but it's certainly a fun and breezy read.  Fully recommended.

We Came Back is available in both paperback and e-book formats and is published by 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.

From the author's bio - Patrick Lacey was born and raised in a haunted house. He spends his nights and weekends writing about things that make the general public uncomfortable. He lives in Massachusetts with his Pomeranian, his mustached cat, and his muse, who is likely trying to kill him.

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