Monday, August 22, 2016
Review: The Grief Hole by Kaaron Warren
by Kaaron Warren
Hardcover: 338 pages
Publisher: SQ Mag
There are many grief holes. There's the grief hole you fall into when a loved one dies. There's another grief hole in all of us; small or large, it determines how much we want to live. And there are the places, the physical grief holes, which attract suicides to their centre. Sol Evictus, a powerful, charismatic singer, sends a young artist into The Grief Hole to capture the faces of the teenagers dying there. When she inevitably dies herself, her cousin Theresa resolves to stop this man so many love. Theresa sees ghosts; she knows how you'll die by the spirits haunting you. If you'll drown, she'll see drowned people. Most often she sees battered women, because she works to find emergency housing for abused women. She sees no ghosts around Sol Evictus but she doesn't let that stop her. Her passion to help, to be a saint, drives her to find a way to destroy him.
I really enjoy Kaaron Warren's work and "The Grief Hole" is a creepy tale, but it never really hooked me. That isn't to say that I didn't enjoy the story. It has a creepy atmosphere but I enjoyed Warren's other book "Slights" much more. To be honest, I really didn't care for the characters, I threw myself off confusing the character Sol Evictus with the band Sol Invictus, and the pace of the book just didn't hook me. I'm embarrassed to admit that I caught myself daydreaming several times while reading this book.
I'm giving "The Grief Hole" 3 1/2 stars.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from IFWG Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
About Barry Huddleston
Hello everyone. I am a big fan of classic horror, retro-scifi, steampunk, dieselpunk, and Linux. I'm a casual gamer and an avid reader. As a hobby, I review books, movies, and products. I am not paid for my reviews other than the item that is the subject of the review. All of my reviews are of an open-minded person and subject to change over time.