(4 / 5)
This book took me completely by surprise. October 32nd wasn’t at all what I was expecting it to be and was a lot of fun to read!
Alexander Malefant is making a living day by day travelling as an insurance salesman following the tragic death of his daughter. When he gets sent to the small town of Elora on Halloween, strange things begin to happen! A child is nearly drowned when bobbing for apples, some crows attack a bunch of children, and then mysteriously all the children in the town disappear without a trace, their shoes left hanging from a tree! What on earth is going on in this little town? What has Alex gotten himself into? Will he discover where the missing kids are? And will this experience bring him any peace with his life?
FEAR NOT all you readers that don’t like horror books! I wouldn’t actually class this as a horror book, even though it has some spooky elements. It was more of a mystery. The tone of the book was hard to explain. It was like poor Alex was shoved into an episode of scooby doo crossed with a dodgy soap opera, and he had to figure out what on earth was going on in this little town! I found it more ‘quirky’ than ‘scary’ actually, (I’m hopefully that was what the author was going for!) I really enjoyed the fact that I too had NO IDEA what on earth was going to happen. It was a really fun ride! One minute you thought it was going one way, only to have it go in another direction entirely!
Alex was a great character. I just loved how he got to the town and was completely taken back by what was happening around him. The characters of the town were all fabulous. There were perhaps a few too many of them for me to easily keep track of them but it didn’t make me like it any less.
Another thing I really enjoyed was the ending! I totally didn’t see it coming – Totally unexpected!
What a clever, fun book! I’m looking forward to reading others from this author!
Would I recommend it?
Yes it was an entertaining story that was light and easy to read. It was so different to anything that I have ever read before. Very refreshing!
Many thanks to author Larry Rodness for a copy of October 32nd in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author
Larry Rodness began his entertainment career as a professional singer at the age of 19 and has been performing in Toronto for over 35 years with his wife and singing partner, Jodi, at venues such as The Old Mill, Royal York Hotel, Skyline and Bristol Place Hotel as well as countless corporate and private functions.
In the 80’s Larry studied musical theatre writing with PRO under Broadway conductor Layman Engel, which led him to write for dinner theater. He then moved into the screenplay arena where he has written over a dozen screenplays and has had 3 scripts optioned to date. “October 32nd” is his third published novel. His previous two were “Perverse” and “Today I Am A Man”.
Information on all his published works can be found on site pages at www.larryrodness.com