Title: The Puller | Author: Michael Hodges | Publisher: Severed Press | Pub. Date: 2015-4-23 | Pages: 277 | ASIN: B00WM9SUPY | Genre: Creature Horror | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Kindle Unlimited |
Matt Kearns has two choices: fight or hide. The creature in the orchard took the rest.
Three days ago, he arrived at his favorite place in the world, a remote shack in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The plan was to mourn his father’s death and figure out his life.
Now he’s fighting for it.
An invisible creature has him trapped. Every time Matt tries to flee, he’s dragged backwards by an unseen force.
Alone and with no hope of rescue, Matt must escape the Puller’s reach. But how do you free yourself from something you cannot see? – Goodreads
Optioned for Film.
The Puller Review
The Puller is a solid debut work. Michael Hodges lays out his story with a pleasing steadiness. The slow-burn aspect of it put me off a bit at first and I was afraid it was going to drag on, but luckily things start picking up well before I hit the halfway point. It went from ‘a little creepy’ to ‘Okay, run now you idiot!’ with a swiftness I didn’t expect.
Towards the end I was definitely rooting for the main character. Normally in these types of books I kind of want the character to die at the end. This time, I surprised myself by wanting him to live. I think it’s because he’s a decent character. Not particularly heroic or smart, but he’s got a good heart and he’s not the typical obnoxious young adult male. That counts for a lot, considering for the majority of The Puller, he’s the only character you interact with.
Now, it’s not perfect, but I can understand why some people rave about The Puller. If you enjoy writers who take their time to perfect set scenes in your mind, you’ll like Hodges’ work. For me, I fall firmly in the “We don’t need 3 sentences of you lighting a lantern” category. But different strokes for different folks and all that. Even though it made me wince, I kept reading because I needed to know what the Puller was.
Also, and this has to be said, there’s a lot of farting in The Puller. There’s paragraphs devoted to the Bunk o’ Doom, the prowess of a particular arse-ripping friend, and so on and so forth. There’s even a raccoon with the walking farts as it runs away. I mean, I have the immaturity level of an 8 year old at times, and even I noticed there was an overabundance of bottom burpage mentioned.
While The Puller is a good man versus monster story, there’s definitely a moral to the story. One that will become clear as you read the story. It’s also obvious that Michael Hodges has a healthy respect and appreciation for nature. (As should everyone.) And I was pleasantly surprised by the ending. He ended the story at pretty much the perfect point, instead of belaboring it as so many authors do. Very well done, especially considering it’s a debut book.
Overall, well worth the read.