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What gets the faint-hearted to read a scary story?
on August 25, 2017
I'm a wimp. I avoid the truly scary stuff in fiction. Which isn't car chases and sword fights. Real Scary is a normal day where characters visit an office strangely empty. A cute kid holding a headless doll. A normal couple surrounded by the tentacles of conspiracy. The 'tentacles' of 'The Adoption' extend from every dimension of fear: there is a supernatural element, a psychic side, a military-industrial plot, spies and thugs and mad scientists deep beneath the earth. Tentacles extending into the reader's brain, tapping into their paranoia. Friends, enemies and child are not what they seem.
Though we see the story unfold from the villains' eyes as often as the main characters, even the dog's, the reader is drawn from one chapter to the next by the shear need to know more. The success of this plot tension keeps even us wimps reading. We want the villains defeated, the heroes to triumph. And to find the solution to the mystery of the previous chapter.
It takes good writing to get me to read a Psychological Thriller. Make no mistake: 'The Adoption' connects a car battery to thrill-nerves in the reader's psyche. But what's a little shock of fear, when following characters you care about like Logan, Claire and Sam?