The Stalking - Robert Holdstock
Reading Challenge Category: recommended by Morgan
He had been a quiet family man - devoted to his wife and children, happy in his home, happy in his work. It took just thirty minutes of shattering, obscene violence to transform him into a remorseless, avenging hunter of evil - a savage practitioner and enemy of the occult. For somewhere- somewhere beyond the normal and the good - they had his family. And Dan Brady had to find them. Against him was all the evil of the supernatural - powers he neither knew nor understood. Powers he himself would have to learn to use if he were to track down his family in the preternatural night.
Morgan recommended this to me as, apparently, he has read it over ten times, and the first time was when he was 12! He’s always recommending books to me so I can’t ignore all of his suggestions and I liked the sound of this from the blurb. It started off well and had me really intrigued as to what was going on and what had happened to Dan’s family. However, there were long periods of the book where the occult and practices that needed to be put into place were described in minute detail. I felt like it was a bit of a textbook rather than a story in these places, and I would find my mind wandering. For a book that only had 157 pages in I think a little bit more story was needed as it seemed to me that these details that were being given were more to pad the book out more than anything. Overall, it was a good read, but it didn’t leave me feeling compelled to rush and read book two in the series, although I might one day if I find myself at a loose end!