Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Girl On The Glider by Brian Keene [4 stars]

From the Description:

Considered by many critics to be one of Brian Keene’s best works, The Girl on the Glider has been long out of print – until now!

The year is 2009, and the world’s financial and publishing sectors are in chaos. In the midst of this disarray, a burned-out horror writer finds himself haunted by a variety of ghosts, both real and metaphorical. And as the ghosts increase their attacks, his struggle to make a living quickly becomes a fight to hold on to his family – and his very sanity.

This meta-fictional take on the traditional, old-fashioned ghost story is a deft mix of M.R. James and Hunter S. Thompson, and makes for one of Keene’s most personal and powerful novellas.

The Girl On The Glider is a very interesting ghost story. It does have some unsettling and spooky moments but that's not what made it such a great read for me. I loved this story for it's autobiographical nature. The glimpse we get of the man behind some truly enjoyable books as he deals with everyday life and struggles with the same hardships we all face. Dealing with lack of money and trying to keep a family together is hard enough without a ghostly presence hanging around your home. While this book isn't the usual type of story you expect from Brian Keene, no zombies, demons or other creatures here. It is one of the most believable true ghost stories I've read. This story touched me more than I would have expected because of the focus on the real fears and flaws we all have. A solid 4 star read.