314 (Widowsfield Trilogy,#1)by A.R. Wise Published 24 Dec 2012
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Alma Harper has been trying to forget what happened in Widowsfield 16 years ago. She has a good life as a music teacher now, and might rekindle her relationship with her one true love. However, the number 314 haunts her, and threatens to bring her back to the day that her brother disappeared. When a reporter shows up, just days before March 14th, Alma realizes that her past is coming back to haunt her. What happened on March 14th, at 3:14, 16 years ago? No one but The Skeleton Man can remember.
"314 (Widowsfield Trilogy,#1)" Reviews
I had high hopes for this book based on the ratings. I was immediately uncomfortable and creeped out in the first chapter. That's the key to a great horror in my opinion so I was okay with it.
But it didn't stay on that high note.
I understand that the author wanted to create a sense of running in circles with the timelines...all it did was annoy me. The pieces we were shown about the Skeleton Man in 1996 didn't MATTER to the main plot line. It was just to keep up the "see how creepy this guy is" vibe. I didn't care. I wanted story pieces that mattered. If we're never going to hear from the UPS guy again, I don't care that he's dead.
I'm also not sure what role Jacker *really* played in the story. He's Paul's sponsor and buddy and he has a hard-on for that other RANDOM chick...so what?
I'm incredibly picky so take my review with a grain of salt. I only felt the need to write one because of the low rating.
So, this book has been in my Kindle library for a long time. In fact, it was one of the first ones I downloaded for free on Amazon. Come to find out, it is always free.
No big deal, there. I have been introduced to a couple of great authors by that means, a noteworthy example would be Kealan Patrick Burke's The Turtle Boy.
This month I have been trying to read some indie authors and see if I can find a winner in the bunch and I will say, A.R. Wise is in contention after this book.
The book starts off with one of the most shocking prologues in my recent memory. I was hooked right away. I burned through the 300 some pages in a couple of days.
I have to say that after the prologue, the book became somewhat underwhelming by comparison, but I also came to realise that this is part one of a trilogy, so I do have high hopes for more mind bending terror.
Overall, 314 is well written, though it could use the attention of a good editor as there are quite a few typos peppered throughout. In spite of errors, it was an easy and pretty satisfying read populated with likeable characters, and a few scary moments here and there.
The mystery of 314 was somewhat explained, but I figure the sequels will elaborate more fully on the mystery behind the number and its central connection to the town of Widowsfield and the evil that seems to call the town its home.
This book sucks bilge water! I read this disjointed piece of garbage all the way to the bitter end vainly hoping that it would make even the tiniest shred of sense but alas no cigar. A pox on teaser novels!
I read some pretty nasty reviews about this book when I first downloaded it for my kindle, but after the first chapter I realized it was just the wrong people reading a book they obviously had no interest in. If you don't like graphic, highly psychological, horror or even horror in general, this isn't a book you would want to read.
I thought it was wonderful, I loved every moment and I couldn't put it down without running back to see what might happen next. I'm still curious what happens in the sequel. I found it well written and it moved forward the entire time. The characters I fell in love with after I discovered their full stories. It seemed at first like something I wouldn't like, but I am so glad I gave it the time, it surprised me. And the ending... Oh wow, what a twisted ending.
I loved this book and everything in it, nothing bothered me about it and I enjoyed every page. I definitely recommend it if you are a horror lover.
Reminiscent of Stephen King and James Herbert, this book has all the ingredients to scare and manipulate the imagination. It has mystery, intrigue and held my attention throughout. I liked the 'circular' feel and how it went forward and back in time - cleverly done, with a surprise 'ending'.
The characters were believable, although the impression of Alma quickly changed from when first introduced - we certainly follow her through the ups and downs of her journey.
I don't give spoilers but will say that if you like to be wowed with fear and mystery then this story is for you. A well-written tale that will bring tingles to your spine.
Of course, I've had to buy book 2 of the trilogy.
He had me with the Deadlocked series. Then came The Body Farm part 1 and 2. I thought that there would be a drop in something... character depth, plot, something; that would make me say 'Okay, he's decent, but he's running out of steam'. Well, I just read the first of the Widowsfield trilogy, and now I'll tell you all: This guy will be a big name soon. 314 ROCKED. ARW's stories have a movie-like pace, they read fast, but he manages to fill out his world and characters like movies could never do. I certainly hope he's got a LOT more up his sleeve, because I plan on reading everything he writes, even if it's a travel itinerary.
BTW - I NEVER read author's notes. They tend to be attempts at philosophizing the book, or meanderings about life during the writing of said book...boring. ARW is the only author who can even make the author's notes interesting. It's like a chat with the fans, and always gives insight into what's coming next. I'm starting book 2 tomorrow, and can't wait for the third!