Author: Michael Koryta
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Obtained: Library copy (Print and ebook)
Why this book?:
My grandmother's book club chose it.
I started this as an ebook, but mostly read it in print. This was so much faster paced compared to the last book club book. What a relief. Though someone from work said her sister said it was hard to get into. I guess it's an individual person kind of thing. I know my grandmother read it quickly. And I'll see what the others think on the 11th.
Eric is a failed, um, I can't remember what he called himself. He made films, documentaries and the like, but weird things happened and he had conflict with the directors and some sort of breakdown... it was all kinda muddled and relayed to the reader in past tense. Because now Eric does those film things they play at weddings and funerals and other important events. He especially excels at the funeral film/slideshows. Hence he gets the client who starts this whole adventure...
He's to document his client's father's childhood/childhood history/boyhood home. So he drives from Chicago to French Lick and West Baden, Indiana. But before he leaves the creepy stuff starts happening. And it all involves that bottle of water his client gave him to use as inspiration.
I found the story interesting with touches of humor and wallops of creepy. Also to be found...
- Intriguing descriptions of the hotels which are, apparently, real.
- Bits about the instruments used to measure the weather, etc.
- Quite a bit of trust and "am I crazy" sort of moments on the main characters behalf. Can you believe him?
- Addiction - and not the way you might think.
- Some racial (and racist) relations.
- Some paranormal ghost and possession and evil stuffs.
- In line with the former two points, violence is to be expected.