Robert R. McCammon
Bram Stoker Award winner
The story of a woman caught in the sixties, who steals a newborn baby from the hospital, and the mother who will do anything to track her down.
This book, as all McCammon tomes, is exceptionally well crafted and written. There is no fluff in one of his books, which is something I can’t say for many notable horror/thriller authors. Every plot point has meaning, and every detail, a purpose.
Having said all of that, for me, the book lost steam at around the midpoint. The beginning is so good, with details of Mary terror, Storm Front, and Laura’s marriage – I was absolutely hooked. Mary Terror may be one of the most interesting villains in literature. But, once the board was set, and all that was left was the chase, I grew weary.
There was never a time that I thought something was unnecessary, but by the nature of the plot, the chase simply wasn’t as interesting as finding out about the characters themselves. In the end, the story went in the only direction it could. Spoiler – Laura catches up to Mary, they tussle, Laura gets her baby back. Unless McCammon was going to take a big risk with a plot twist, that was the only way it could go. How we got there was fun, but we were always going to get there, and that just isn’t as compelling.
So, we have a story full of fantastic characters that exist in a plot that can’t sustain them for the entire ride. Even so, I highly suggest taking the ride anyway, because there is so much to love here.