First Impressions Video(spoilers for first 100pgs):
This is a great mixed genre “what in the world is going on in this small town?” type of book. This book reminded me a lot of Twin Peaks, Jericho, Wayward Pines, and some older King novels focusing on small towns. Frank gets released from prison and his hometown of Rook Mountain, TN is not quite like it used to be. The town is controlled by some weird individuals and there are some really strict regulations that are put in place that for some reason the entire town is alright with following. This book is all about unlocking the mystery of Rook Mountain.
My favorite part of this book was the group of friends at the core of the book. Their relationships with each other are of varying degrees and a little bit messy but they are connected to each other in so many ways. This book reads super fast and is very plot focused. There isn’t much theme and the prose is rather straight forward without much flowery description or strong emotional moments. During some moments in the book, the plot might have moved a little too quickly. There are definitely moments where you must have suspension of disbelief and just kind of accept that things are what the author says they are. A lot of those things will be covered later in the book or in the two sequels.
A good book that I will definitely be checking out the sequels for. Great ideas and interesting premises I haven’t seen in similar books. I want to know more!
13/25 Possible Score
Plot – 3(Good)
Characters – 3(Good)
Setting/World Building – 3(Good)
Writing Style – 2(OK)
Heart & Mind Aspect – 2(OK – mostly mind)