Sunday, 4 October 2015

Review -- Salvage

Salvage by Duncan Ralston

**Disclaimer: I have received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

When Owen Saddler's little sister mysteriously drowns, Owen is determined to uncover the circumstances by following in her footsteps, even if it means diving into the murky--some would say haunted--waters of Chapel Lake. Thirty years earlier, the town of Peace Falls had been flooded to build a hydroelectric dam, and its ruins remain below the surface of Chapel Lake. The strange disappearance of the town Pastor, along with many of the parishioners, still haunts the citizens of Chapel Lake. But does the church haunt the lake itself? Is Owen really seeing ghosts... or has he descended into the depths of madness?

The decent cover and excellent blurb immediately attracted me to this book. Furthermore, it was described on Amazon as a dark and disturbing horror novel about depression, religious fanaticism and the afterlife. I mean, what could be better than a good old horror story peppered with ghosts and sects? Nothing, said I to myself as I ventured into the first few pages with great enthusiasm and expectations. 

Well, I have to say that it was slowww going. After pages and pages of non-action and non-ghosts, I decided to check my reading progress on my Kindle -- something I never do when I am enjoying a book, therefore a sure sign that something was amiss from the start. 24% completion said the mighty machine. That is all well, I thought, but when is the story going to properly begin? A quarter into the book and I still did not know what to expect nor was I remotely gripped by the story yet. 

Unfortunately, I went from disappointment to further disappointment when I realised that the ghosts were not really ghost and that the horror element was simply missing. Yes, I am aware that "horror" does not always mean blood, chainsaws and gore. However, I did not feel any alarm, panic, revulsion or any other similar emotion that could relate to horror. 

The Bibliovore's verdict ⋆ 
I must have been in a bad mood or something when I read Salvage because I did not like it one bit while it seems to receive high praises on Goodreads. This leaves me wondering whether there is something wrong with me...

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