Thursday, November 28, 2013

Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan - Book Review

From the publisher: Tom Harding only wants the truth. But the truth is becoming more dangerous with every passing minute.

As a reporter for his high school newspaper, Tom Harding was tracking the best story of his life—when, suddenly, his life turned very, very weird. He woke up one morning to find his house empty . . . his street empty . . . his whole town empty . . . empty except for an eerie, creeping fog—and whatever creatures were slowly moving toward him through the fog.

Now Tom’s once-ordinary world has become something out of a horror movie. How did it happen? Is it real? Is he dreaming? Has there been a zombie apocalypse? Has he died and gone to hell?

Tom is a good reporter—he knows how to look for answers—but no one has ever covered a story like this before. With the fog closing in and the hungry creatures of the fog surrounding him, he has only a few hours to find out how he lost the world he knew. In this bizarre universe nothing is what it seems and everything—including Tom’s life—hangs in the balance.

Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan is a fast-paced, entertaining book. Tom Harding opens his eyes to what he thinks is heaven, and then is drawn back to his house only to find he is alone and a creepy fog is closing in. He hears voices that can't be real, and sees creatures in the fog.  He must figure out the mystery behind the fog, find out why the Lying Man is stalking him, and discover where everyone went before its too late.

Tom Harding is an interesting lead character: a high school reporter who broke a story about steriod use on the state championship football team.  His journey to discover what is happening to him is not only a physical journey, but a mental and emotional one as well.  Full of twists and turns, Nightmare City is engaging from the first page as the reader journeys with Tom as he attempts to solve this mystery. 

I think this is a great book for teens, particularly middle school boys.  It is also very friendly to reluctant readers, in that Klavan steps on the gas from the beginning and never lets up. This isn't high literature, but its a fun thrill ride that could easily translate to the big (or small) screen.

I received a preview copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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