The Conversationalist by Justin Bog #BookReview

Title: The Conversationalist | Author: Justin Bog | Pub. Date: 03/14/2017 | Pages: 167 | ASIN: B06XNNHV5Q | Genre: Horror/Thriller | Language: English | Triggers: Suicide, Stalking, Child Death, Murder | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: Received from the author for review consideration |

THE CONVERSATIONALIST: Horrorstruck, Novella One


On Patrick’s Pacific Northwest Island home, people whisper about his family’s sad history. Some feel sorry for him. Most want to help Patrick, as if he’s a song-less bird, make him their next project, and even set him up on a date with a best friend . . .

On one such date, Wendy sits across from Patrick and confesses she’s afraid to die, and says: “My mother died a year ago . . . horribly.” Patrick listens and pretends to care. He keeps his own dark secret safe that way.

There’s something wrong with the way Patrick treats the women he dates, his friends, his family . . . no one ever gets close to Patrick. He won’t allow that.

Included within: an original dark tale, THE NIGHT, and a bonus short story from the award-winning suspense collection, Sandcastle and Other Stories, ON THE BACK STAIRCASE.

Book cover for The Conversationalist

The Conversationalist Review

I really, really like the cover. It looks creepy and professionally done. I was also really psyched to read it with all of the rave reviews in the beginning.

I’m having a hard time with this, really. Other people might like it better than I did. It’s well-written and I did particularly like chapter five. It definitely shows an in-depth perception of people who are solitary creatures rather than social butterflies.

I just didn’t find the twist all that compelling or the ending all that believable. A lot of the book is the narrator’s inner life. It’s rather…middling. It’s not the writing at all. This may just be a matter of me not ‘clicking’ with the story. His constant inner monologue is a bit annoying. It reminded me a bit of Catcher in the Rye, which might work for some people but unfortunately I hated that book.

Part of the reason the ending didn’t work for me is a bit of a spoiler.


One of the stories is new to this book alone and the second is in his collection Sandcastle and Other Stories.

So, all in all, it wasn’t a bad read and the writing is actually good. I just think I didn’t click with it.