Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Armchair Novel Review - The Guardians

The Guardians
Andrew Pyper
Hardcover, 368 pages

There's no such thing as an empty house...

The Guardians is a fast-paced thriller with one foot in the past and one in the present. Trevor, now middle-aged and facing the onset of a degenerative disease, gets a call that brings him back to the home town that he narrowly escaped in his youth. Back to his childhood friends with whom he shares a terrible secret, back to the abandoned house that, even now, calls to them.

This is a once-you-start-you-can't-stop thriller that builds and builds expertly until you are up in the wee hours turning lights on until you finish it kind of book. I may or may not have peeked behind the shower curtain, I'll never tell.

Not just a supernatural psychological suspense tale, I was quite taken with how real the protagonist was and Pyper's ability to write such gritty yet poetic prose. I will definitely be following this author in the future.