Fiction Campbell Black The Wanting

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The Wanting

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It was the perfect summer home for Max and Louise and their 12-year-old son. Until Louise made a horrifying discovery: something was happening to her son. Something dark and evil, draining his innocence, twisting his mind, his body and soul. A nightmare too frightening to believe.

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As Thomas Altman, Black wrote macabre novels including Kiss Daddy Goodbye; the theme of this book is also horror. Unfortunately, the characters and incidents aren't quite credible. The setting is a prosperous tourist town in northern California. The death of six children since 1899 is a secret guarded by the leading citizens, who discourage questions about the tragedies from young Sheriff Metger. He had seen the most recent victim of progeriapremature agingand suspects the rare disease as the covered-up cause of the earlier deaths. Readers are aware that the elderly couple named Summers, at home in the woods outside town, have been rejuvenating themselves by absorbing the children's vital forces. When Max Untermeyer and his wife Louise arrive with their son Dennis, 12, it's obvious that the old demons welcome their new neighbors. The Untermeyers' plans for a peaceful vacation from the city becomes a nightmare, ending with a bloody confrontation between Louise and the Summers. Metger has learned the truth but not in time and Dennis seems doomed. The sprawling narrative suggests that a firm editorial hand would have made a better story. 25,000 first printing; $25,000 ad/promo. (July 28pMAUD GONE Kathleen Rockwell Lawrence. Atheneum, $16.95 ISBN 0-689-11643-8 THE BARTHOLOMEW FAIR MUR
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From Library Journal:

Every 20 years or so, in an isolated California town that caters to the tourist trade, a child suddenly sickens and dies horrifyingly in a matter of weeks. The town's sheriff attempts to determine the cause before the malady strikes the son of a vacationing couple too involved in their marital problems to attend to their offspring. Black's novel is disappointing, simply because after maintaining a deliciously leisurely and suspenseful pace through four-fifths of the book he suddenly changes speed and races to an abrupt and unsatisfactory conclusion. Other major flaws are a superfluous main character and some plot elements that are too improbable even for an occult novel. Otherwise, this is a well-written and well-plotted concoction vaguely reminiscent of Brooks Standwood's The Glow ( LJ 9/1/79). For popular fiction collections. Eric W. Johnson, Univ. of Bridgeport Lib., Ct.
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