When I was given this book to review, I hoped it would not be the same old mundane storyline that accompanies many books these days but the synopsis sounded promising so I started to read. The author tells his story through the eyes of a handful of ordinary parents. There is Doug and Joan, their children Nate and Megan, 8 and 4 years old, respectively, and Joan runs a small kindergarten school. Ramona is a single mother with her young son Josh. Doctor David Harris is a Pediatrician who along with his wife Nadine, lost a son a year prior in a car accident. Shannon Donegal is pregnant and is also a patient of his. All of these people and everyone that knows them, form the nucleus of the story and they are all connected to each other, in one way or another.
The outline of the novel is broken into sections:
1) BEFORE HEROD EVENT:
2) HOUR OF HEROD EVENT:
3) AFTER HEROD EVENT:
5) AFTER RESURRECTION
This helps to keep the story on an even keel. You are with this group of people as every pre-pubescent boy, girl and unborn dies. No one knows why. There is no panel of scientists telling you why and how this is happening, just that a parasite is responsible.
The story draws you in, very gradually and you don’t realize until it’s too late that you’re in hell with these people. The steps are very well drawn and author Craig DiLouie paints a stark picture of the descent into madness that all of the parents go through. You meet the good, the bad and the very, very bad, all in the name of love. As the story draws to its imminent conclusion, you feel despair, pity and you don’t want to get into DiLouie’s head but you find yourself trapped in there anyway, turning to the inevitable, last page. Will I sleep again? Yes, someday perhaps. Definitely not for the faint-hearted.
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