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3,0 von 5 SternenSupernatural and creepy
VonAnthony T. Riggioam 25. November 2013 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
A Review by Anthony T. Riggio of “The Price” by Alexandra Sokoloff , November 24, 2013
I downloaded this book for my Kindle in March 2012 and started to read it but put it down and I can’t say exactly why. This month, November 2013, I selected it when I had nothing in mind to read. I started to read it and it was familiar yet unfamiliar. It was like de je vu experience, but I could not remember if I ever read the book before. I kept reading it until I was sure it was a new experience, never connecting it to my initial exposure in March of 2012. What had happened to the best of my ability to recall was that I found the book too dark for me at the time.
Notwithstanding, I read the entire book and I have to say, it was a dark and yet intriguing story spun by Alexandra Sokoloff. It was a story of both love and sacrifice and selfishness. The story takes you on a journey of hallucinatory experiences or experiences that the main character Will Sullivan, the District Attorney of Boston, who is also a candidate for Governor for Massachusetts, cannot distinguish from reality during the illness of his daughter.
The book never mentions evil at work or for that matter, benevolent forces and the reader is left to figure this out, which happens.
I have never read any books by Sokoloff and it may be awhile before I attempt to read her again. It was definitely a story of unexpected results from seemingly good intentions. I rated the book three stars because it was well written but not a story to my liking or enjoyment that left me in a happy mood. If you like the unexpected and somewhat supernaturally oriented story, you probably will rated it higher than three stars.
VonSue Gambill-Readam 29. Juli 2012 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Paranormal thrillers often get me going with the chills and thrills and then disappoint me somewhere just before or around the resolution of the mystery and beyond. Understanding too much in paranormal stories: well it just takes the para out and normalizes too much! Not so, here. I was creeped out from start to finish.
My only criticism is that the first half of the book was agonizingly slow, in which the protagonists are being stalked by a supernatural being who obviously wants to cut a deal they can't refuse. And yet I could. not. stop. reading. because I wanted to know what the consequences would be. It was well written and worth slogging through, as the consequences were surprising, twisty and horrific.
The narration is flawless and the story hangs together beautifully although it leaves me with a few questions about the internal logic. Very little is said about the origin and motives of the supernatural being. A couple of peripheral characters are clearly used as distractions to keep the reader confused and I would have liked either more or less of them.
Regardless, I will read more from Sokoloff as she is highly skillful at creating vivid environment and strong clear characters. It's really more like watching a movie than reading a book. A word of advice: read it when you have time to finish it!
5,0 von 5 SternenSlightly Predictable, but ABSOLUTELY Enjoyable Read
VonErzsebet Carmeanam 28. Februar 2015 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Hell is a the children's cancer ward. Hell is losing someone you love. Hell is a rotunda where Sisyphus and Tantalus continue their eons of suffering.
Hell is marked by a red line that leads to Salk's office.
In The Price, Sokoloff weaves dread and suspense into a fabric of pure horror. You might not want a tee-shirt made of it, but when it comes to a horror novel, this particular blend is a perfect fit. Sokoloff's background is as a screenwriter, and occasionally this shows in an excess of stage-like narration and the overuse of lighting descriptors. None of that detracts from the enrapturing flow of the story. It was one of those books I couldn't wait to pick up and read - and sadly, that happens probably in one out of every twenty books I finish (and more like one out of every fifty I start). Go, get thee this book, and beware the man offering miracles!
VonElaine Bergstromam 16. August 2015 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I love this writer, but this book went on and one and on. I think it needed more backstory, shifting points of view and more plot twists to make it an effective novel. What it was turned out to be a novella in novel length. Not that it wasn't well written but the halls turning back on themselves only works for so long and then it gets boring. I finished it long after I figured out the "mystery" (which was easy) because I like this writer so much.
VonBob Rueffam 22. Dezember 2012 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I've read all of Alexandra Sokoloff's mystery thrillers, so I guess that makes me a fan. If you like the occult, she's one of the best. The Price is puzzling at times but intriguing to the end, if you're into the genre. Sokoloff is a imaginative story-teller and The Price is another example of her writing skills. You have to wonder: with the weird happenings we witness on the political scene almost daily, could the occult have something to do with it, as it does in The Price? Naww. Political truth is stranger than fiction––even beyond Sokoloff's f fiction.