What Hides Within by Jason Parent #BookReview

Title: What Hides Within | Author: Jason Parent | Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing | Pub. Date: 07/25/2012 | Pages: 347 | ASIN: B008OZ3X5C | Genre: Horror/Thriller | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: Received from Confessions Publicity as part of the book tour for What Hides Within

What Hides Within

An award-winning horror/mystery with loads of dark comedy!

Inside all of us, there is darkness. Inside Clive, it’s tangible, and it’s aching to get out.

What Hides Within tells the story of a man held captive by an unknown evil. Clive Menard is a spineless slacker leading an ordinary existence. But when Chester enters his life, it becomes far from ordinary.

A disheveled Clive stands alone in a hospital waiting room. A series of incidences have led him to undergo unnecessary neurosurgery. A voice inside Clive’s head nags him to kill the doctor.

Weeks prior, a murder investigation and an unrelated kayaking excursion set the story’s interlocking events in motion. When a remorseful killer, a bomb-happy psychopath and a mysterious widow spider converge upon Clive, they bring with them destruction and death. Clive must discover who or what is steering his very existence before he, too, is consumed by the carnage around him.

With a driven detective following his every step and a vicious killer hiding within his circle of friends, Clive must walk a narrow and dangerous path, teetering between salvation and damnation. He must confront Chester and his own demons. But is he powerless to overcome them?

An EPIC Finalist, “Best Horror of 2013” read and eFestival eBook Award Runner-Up for Best Horror.

What Hides Within cover

What Hides Within was a good novel, but it pales in comparison to his other book that I’ve read, Wrathbone. I didn’t realize it was his debut novel until after I had read it, and upon realizing that, I was a bit more impressed by it. Even though I can’t say that I loved it, I did enjoy some things in What Hides Within.

For me, the most enjoyable character in What Hides Within was Chester. Her (yes, her) monologues and conversations with Clive were very entertaining. Clive himself was a little less so. He wasn’t really a terrible character but he was just kind of there to be moved around by the plot. The points of view do bounce around a bit and the author does a pretty decent job of keeping their voices different enough so they do not all sound the same. Besides Clive the two other major characters are Morgan and Detective Reilly. I can’t say that I really enjoyed either of them. Detective Reilly seemed like the typical ‘tough as nails’ (but pretty!) female detective but pushed to the extreme. Morgan is the doting ‘wants to be more’ best friend with benefits of Clive. There were two things that I did not really get about Morgan’s character. One seems like an oversight and the other faulty logic.

Spoiler Tidbit
The cast of characters is fairly small so it doesn’t take all that long to figure out who done what.

The action in What Hides Within sometimes takes a backseat to Clive’s interior monologues, And the internal narration of lesser characters. I have to give the author credit for trying to keep at least three different plot-lines spinning and for the most part successfully. The timelines of some things in relation to other events was a bit muddled. On Clive’s part it didn’t stand out as much, in fact, it went very well with his character. In other places, however, it was a bit more noticeable such as in Detective Reilly’s chapters.

All in all What Hides Within is a pretty decent outing and his technique has greatly improved since. I look forward to reading more by Mr. Parent.

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