By: Douglas Clegg
When I received this book for review, I felt that it was going to be a bad read. As you’ve likely noticed if you’ve read any of my reviews, I normally read Science Fiction and Fantasy. Neverland is neither of those. When I read a few of the blurbs on the book, however, and there were a couple that compared the book to early Stephen King, I changed my mind. I’ve read nearly every Stephen King there is, and enjoyed most of them. Especially his early works.
Neverland puts us deep into the south, with cousins Beau and Sumter, and their families on vacation at their Grammy’s house on Gull Island. Shady things begin happening in an old tool shed in the woods and Beau finds himself deep in the brewing supernatural storm.
The book is written in the first person from the perspective of Beau. Some have problems writing in the first, but Clegg certainly pulls it off here. There were a few places where the thoughts of the ten year old Beau seemed a bit mature. But, I don’t really remember 10 all that well, so couldn’t say for sure that they really were all that mature.
The story and plot are good, but not great. There are several places where I felt it dragged along, and it fell apart for me a bit at the end. Without giving too much away, the ending seemed almost anti-climactic and left me wondering a bit if it was truly over or not. Despite those small holes, the book pulled me along with it. And that’s what makes a good book, good.
As I got to the last 100 pages or so of the book, I began getting that urge each time I tried to put it down, to keep on going. And a book that pulls you in, and keeps you reading, is a good book. The writing does remind me a bit of the earlier works of Stephen King. I don’t think it’s nearly as powerful, but the style is very close. In short, if you have any taste for works like IT or Pet Sematary, you’ll want to add this book to your list. It’s worth the read.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book to review. I’ve tried my best to not let that influence my judgment.